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Manuka State Wayside Park

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Address: Mamalahoa Highway 11, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96772

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Okay place to stop and stretch your legs

I had been hoping for more of an arboretum, but felt like a regular 'run of the mill' park. Nice, but nothing to go out of your way to visit.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had been hoping for more of an arboretum, but felt like a regular 'run of the mill' park. Nice, but nothing to go out of your way to visit.

1 Thank RamblingRoses
Las Vegas, Nevada
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

This state park has a selection of hiking trails through cool, damp forest as well as one single permit-required camp site. The single camp site is inside a picnic shelter. Signs say that tent camping and vehicle camping are prohibited although this is basically a rest area where no one checks anything. I had paid for the permit but no... More 

2 Thank bearchri
Corvallis, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

A small park with a nice trail. It is more of a hike than a walk. As others mentioned, it is not really maintained. There is an interesting lava collapse that you can see not too far from the parking lot. The ohi'a trees are struggling from the drought Hawai'i has been experiencing so the tops are dying. Sad. It... More 

1 Thank Oztotl
Duluth, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

It's a two-mile loop trail from 1800-2200 feet in the forest. Trail surface is irregular 1-inch to 4-inch volcanic cobble. There are no breathtaking views or scenic vistas. But you can get at least a mile away from everybody else on the big island, if peace and quiet are your goals.

3 Thank MoccasinMike
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016 via mobile

This park and hike are well worth the stop. Beautiful botanical park and marked nature walk. Restrooms, picnic tables and barbecues.

2 Thank Melful
Captain Cook, Hawaii
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4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015 via mobile

A beautiful hike and nice picnic tables with grill, also bathrooms after the windy road. Looked like pet friendly too!

2 Thank Minnesotagirl52
Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015

The loop hike is 2 miles around the native forest. It is beautiful and easy, but beware of the mosquitoes, bring repellant and you will not be disappointed.

2 Thank irishgael1
Kona, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

Not a trail for the weak of heart. Rough and rocky so be sure to bring good hiking boots with hard soles. While not the most beautiful area it is a fairly arduous hike on an easy to follow trail. We live nearby and do this trail twice for our morning exercise when we are looking for a change of... More 

1 Thank Kona52
Cambridge Springs
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2014

The grounds here are very nice, and the park is easy to find... The nature trail loop has many signs describing the plants and trees, but many of them seem to be dead or dying for whatever reason... Hope the park can make a recovery...

3 Thank CharlieB24
Gresham, Oregon
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

The nature trail is poorly maintained and plant signs poorly displayed, for the one's that are alive. However, a Great Restroom stop on the way to the Volcanos.

2 Thank Bill77Oregon

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