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1871 Trail (Hōnaunau)

1871 Trail (Hōnaunau)

Location: Hōnaunau Directions: Although there are two access points to the 1871 Trail, please park and access the trail from the Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park since Ho’okena Beach Park (the other access point) does not permit dogs.  There is typically plenty of parking at the visitor center and more at the picnic area (down a dirt road).  Also, there are water fountains at the visitor center, which is great for refilling water bottles! Description: 6.2-mile round trip hiking trail, but can turn back any time! Please note: While dogs are welcome on the trail and picnic area, they are not allowed on the royal grounds within the park. Mahalo to Lava Dogs Hawaii fan Robin C. for sharing her recent hiking experience and photos in July 2016! “It was a really nice hike.  We left at 7am.  The early departure was definitely the way to go along with LOTS of water.  It was very warm and quite exposed.  We went to Kealia and back, which is 5.5 miles. The...

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Pu’u Wa’awa’a – Halapepe Trail (North Kona)

(Currently, the Halapepe Trail is the only trail at Pu’u Wa’awa’a that allows dogs although there are future plans to allow them on other trails that are being constructed by volunteers.) Directions: Traveling from either Kailua-Kona or Waimea on Mamalahoa Highway (Hwy. 190), find the mauka turn for the trailhead between the 21 and 22 mile markers (closer to the 21 mile marker). It is just south of the hill that goes up to Puu Lani Ranch and Big Island Country Club.  Drive along a white pipe fence until you reach a metal gate. Go through the gate and close it behind you (this area is still used for grazing stock). The gate is unlocked daily from 6am – 6pm. **Note: We have not hiked this trail YET.  There are no trailhead signs that we could find, but we ‘think’ it is best to park just inside this gate pictured below and follow the fence-line/trail to the left side of this photo (gate).  We believe this is the Halapepe Trail....

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Puna Trail that leads to Haena Beach (Shipman Beach)

Puna Trail that leads to Haena Beach (Shipman Beach)

Location: Hawaiian Paradise Park (Puna) Directions: South of Hilo, drive Hwy. 130 to the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision and turn makai (toward the ocean) on Kaloli Drive. Follow Kaloli Drive for several miles until it dead-ends into Beach Road. Take a left and follow Beach Road until it ends shortly in a gravel parking area ringed by large boulders with an information kiosk. The trailhead has no facilities. Description: 5-mile round trip hiking trail Alert: There are no facilities at Hā’ena Beach, so plan accordingly to Leave No Trace. This trail can be extremely muddy if it’s been raining a lot recently. Dogs must be kept on leash at all times on the trail to protect endemic wildlife, including many nēnē. There is no camping. Additional information: http://www.bigislandhikes.com/the-puna-trail/...

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Kehena Black Sand Beach

April 26, 2016  Mahalo to Lava Dogs fan Kirsten J. for sharing this dog-friendly beach that sounds perfect for water-loving dogs! Location: Kehena Black Sand Beach (also call Dolphin Beach because of the frequent appearances of spinner dolphins in this area) is at mile marker 19 on highway 137 in Puna.  There is a small parking lot on the side of the road. From here, walk towards the left (when facing the ocean). A narrow, steep and rocky trail leads down to the beach. In the past Kehena used to be very popular because of its two black sand beaches and easy access. However, in 1975 a large earthquake sent the stairs crumbling and dropped the beach three feet.  Now the best way to access it is to park at the lookout and follow the path to the left of the parking which leads to the smaller pocket of sand.  Since it is no longer easily accessible, many nude sunbathers have appropriated the area. So, visit at your own discretion. The...

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Lehia Park

Lehia Park

April 26, 2016  Mahalo to Lava Dogs fan Kristin C. for sharing this dog-friendly coastal spot that sounds perfect for water-loving dogs! Location: From downtown Hilo, drive east on Kalanianaole Avenue past Richardson Ocean Park until it dead ends.  Continue on the rough dirt road straight along the coast for less than half a mile to where it ends at a large parking area, which is Lehia Park.  Kristin says, “This area is a locals’ hangout.  Locals like to park their cars along this road facing out to the ocean and hang out by their cars.  People going into the tidal pool area park in the big dirt lot.  I don’t recall ever seeing signs with rules so I can’t say for sure what is allowed or not, but I’ve never had trouble walking my dogs there and there are always dogs out there, attached to the locals’ trucks or on the walk to the tidal pools.” “That is my other favorite spot here for dog walking (besides Reservoir...

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Reservoir Road (Hiking Trail)

Reservoir Road (Hiking Trail)

Mahalo to Lava Dogs fan Kristin C. for sharing this dog-friendly hiking trail.  We have yet to traverse it, but it looks and sounds amazing! Location: From Wainuenue Avenue, it is the first left after Akolea Road (just after Manaolana Place on the right). As of Fall 2017, parking is no longer allowed by the gate. There is a spot on the side of Waianuenue JUST after the Akolea turn.  The road with a chain gate just above that spot is where you enter.  The no trespassing sign refers to what is on the left.  The sign is misleading.  The gate itself has a sign – “No vehicular traffic beyond this point.”  (There’s another “no trespassing” sign on a gate further in, which is always open. That can be ignored, too.  It is most likely for when the gate may have been closed in the past.  Even when the water company is working there during the week, they ignore anyone wandering around in there, so there should be no problem whatsoever…...

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