Kalopa State park is a wonderful place to relax, hike, picnic, and enjoy nature. The lush 100 acre native forest 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 forest. 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 deep and originate near the summit 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 occaision 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 – neck pheasants.
There is a pavillion with tables for picnicking and grills for bar-b-queing for those who are reluctant to leave this place of peaceful birds singing and lush greenery.
You can visit the Hawaii State Parks and Recreation Website and apply for camping permits, or call them at (808) 974-6200.
Tent camping is allowed in the large grassy areas around the park, and there is cabin accomodations available. These accommodations consist of 8-person units provided with bunk beds, toilet facilities, and hot shower. A centrally located recreational dining hall is equipped for cooking and serving the entire group. Furnishings include a gas range, water heater, refrigerator, freezer, limited dishes, cooking and eating utensils, tables and chairs, as well as restrooms. NOTE: As of October 1, 2009, linen, bedding and towels are no longer provided in the Kalopa cabins.
Rates: $60 per night for 8-person cabins, special rates for large groups.