DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
DLNR Reopens Muliwai Trail And Waimanu Campground
HILO – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) today reopened the Muliwai Trail on the island of Hawai‘i, following completion of maintenance work on the trail and the Waimanu campground after a tree fell across the half-way point of the trail in February.
“We have removed the fallen tree and several others in the campground that were hazardous. Our program staff also carried out general maintenance at Waimanu campground, including washing, painting and re-roofing the composting toilets, and removing ten 33-gallon size bags of trash by sling loaded helicopter,” said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson. “It is now ready to be enjoyed once again by the public.”
Camping permits will again be issued for Waimanu Valley Campground at the Hilo DLNR Forestry and Wildlife office at (808) 974-4221.
The trail head of the 18-mile Muliwai trail is accessed through Waipi‘o Valley, located at the end of Highway 240 near Honoka‘a. The trail zigzags up the western wall of Waipi‘o Valley on the Big Island, climbing approximately 1,200 feet to the plateau.
It then leads across the plateau area to Waimanu, crossing 12 gulches that are up to 500 feet deep, then descends another 1,200 feet into Waimanu Valley.
It takes an estimated 7 hours to hike the 11 miles to and from Waimanu Valley.
For information on Muliwai Trail, visit the Na Ala Hele web site at: www.hawaiitrails.org
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