Kalopa Recreation Area is the perfect location for Hawaii Live.
Kalopa Recreation Area is
situated on a beautiful
lush 100 acre native rain forest which contains mostly
native trees, shrubs, ferns, and other forms of life rarely seen in much of Hawaii today.
There is an easy 0.7 mile loop trail that will take you through an ohi`a rain
This forest contains ancient ohi`a trees, some of the
largest ever recorded. The ohi`a create an upper canopy beneath which grow in
abundance kopiko, kolea, pilo, hame, olomea, hapu`u, and other native species. Another trail is the Kalopa Gulch trail. This
trail leads you along the Kalopa and Hanaipoe gulches which are as deep as 150 - 200 feet and originate near the summit of Mauna Kea. These gulches were formed by the meltwater from the Pleisocene glacial icecap of Mauna Kea. There are two choices with this
particular trail system, a minimal 0.5 or a 1.5 mile hike.
The endangered io ( the Hawaiian hawk) can be
seen on occasion as well as the ope`apa`a (the endangered Hawaiian hoary bat) and
the auku`u (night heron). Many other introduced birds can be seen and heard while
in the park: cardinal, linnet, melodious laughing thrush, white - eye, Kalij and ring -
Just some of the things to do at the park: Hiking,
Relaxing, Bird Watching and Exploring.