Manuka ParkManuka park lies on the northern border of Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. This large park runs all the way to the ocean where it ends in Manuka Bay. Above the main highway is a mowed area with restrooms and picnic tables. A wonderful hiking trail takes you up into the upland ohia forest where you will see hapu'u ferns and wide variety of native and introduced species of plants. You may be lucky enough to spot some of the increasingly rare upland Hawaiian bird species.
Entrance to the park on Highway 11 just north of Ocean View.
|The restroom facilities at the park are somewhat primitive, but there are some nice spots nearby to have a picnic lunch. You may occasionally have to fend off the very friendly families of wild turkeys and chickens that call Manuka home.|
Near the top of the trail is a huge and beautiful lava tube opening draped with plants. Some people refer to this as a caldera or pit crater, however, it is not clear from looking that this is the case.
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