Kaluakauka Trail / Dr.'S Pit Trail

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Phone (808) 973-9782
Address Mana Rd, Laupahoehoe, HI 96764
Very short hike that leads to a monument.

• General: Cost: Free • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 0-1 Miles • Hiking: Level: Easy • Hiking: Minor Elevation Changes
• Hiking: Nature Walk • Hiking: Out & Back Trail • Cultural & Historical: Memorials / Statues

Kaluakauka Trail, or Dr.'s Pit Trail as it's also known, is a very short nature trail in the Laupahoehoe area of Hawaii's Big Island.

The total hiking distance for the out and back trail is less than 1/2 of a mile (around 0.2 miles each way) and with elevation changes of only 120 feet it's a pretty easy walk for more.

So why would you come for such a short and easy hike? At the end is monument that honors Dr. David Douglas. Douglas was found near the area at the bottom of bullock's pit in 1834.

He was a Scottish botanist who has been credit with discovering and describing many plant species around the world, including the famous Douglas Fir. Yes, that Douglas Fir.

Of course, getting here isn't the easiest and we suggest only attempting it in a 4 wheel drive vehicle. From Saddle Road you'll head north on the Mauna Kea Observatory Access Road. After 2.1 miles you'll turn right onto Mana Road, where the pavement will end, and drive another 17.7 miles with the trailhead on your right. Our map / directions page marks the trailhead.