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Kalopa State Recreation Area

The KalopaKah-low-pah State Recreation Area is located on the windward (east) side of the Big Island a few miles from Honoka'aHo-no-kah-ah where you can get your picnic and camping supplies if you didn't bring them.

It is a beautiful area with campsites, hiking trails, lodging and horse trails.  Not exactly a tourist attraction as mostly local residents will use the park for camping, but a truly beautiful place for a picnic.

Due to the location on the windward side about 2,000 feet elevation, the park can get a lot of rain, especially at night.  They thought of that by providing the shelters pictured to the left.  Below the roof is a concrete slab you can pitch your tent on - or just use sleeping bags if you are brave.


At the campgrounds is this pavilion equipped with picnic tables, grills, sink and restrooms.  My wife befriended this cute little dog on this trip up there.  Pets are difficult to impossible to bring to Hawaii as there is a long quarantine period required for mainland pets, other than assistance dogs.




There were some wild chickens at the park this day.  It reminded me of Kauai where they have wild chickens every where.  Like pigeons in any big city, only chickens.  Have no idea if they harvest the chickens or what they would taste like.  Maybe they would taste like chicken.


Also you will pass some dense jungle like that to the right.  The road is very good albeit narrow, but not a problem as there is not much traffic.





On the way up the mountain you will pass some beautiful pastures like the one to the left. Mostly we have seen horses in the pastures.  I guess the cattle is mostly on the Parker Ranch a little west of here.



One place on the way raised roosters with each one tethered to a macadamia nut tree.  These specimens would live to fight another day. 



Another sight that was somewhat a surprise the first time I saw one was the Rainbow Eucalyptus trees, so named for the multi-colored bark they have.






Those balls on the fern plants eventually unwind and become these beautiful trees.







Posted by Richard Binckley at 2/10/2006 2:51 PM | View Comments | Add Comment |