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Hiking Halape, Hawaii

This is a back country hike that requires you to obtain a permit from the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Back Country Office. For information on how to obtain a permit, and other pertinent information on choosing the best hiking trail to Halape that meets your physical ability, please visit the the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park website for more details.

Top: Shea and Ester, beginning our journey through the lava field on the Keauhou Trail.
Bottom: Ester, Shea, and Yomar hiking through non-native grasses.

Hike In
Keauhou Trail via Chain of Craters Road to Halape
Distance: 8.4 miles
Time: 4.5 hours
Rating: difficult

Hike Out
Keauhou Trail via Puna Coast Trail to Chain of Craters Road
Distance: 9.5 miles
Time: 5 hours
Rating: moderate and difficult

Our journey began at the grocery store, because some of us are less prepared than others. I was actually quite happy that we stopped. This was my first time visiting a KTA grocery store and it felt so much like I was back in Japan. Taro ro…