KAHAUALE`A IS CLOSED DUE TO RECENT VOLCANIC ACTIVITY
http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/chair/pio/HtmlNR/07-N076.htm - Press Release July 25, 2007:
DLNR Closes Kahauale'a NAR Due To Volcanic Activity
Read the approved Kahauale`a Closure Board Submittal to learn more about the closure.
Established: 4/13/87, additional area added 4/7/2010
Kahauale`a includes representatives of pioneer vegetation on lava flows, lowland rain forest and mesic forest in the Puna District. It includes the largest known populations of a federally endangered fern, Adenophorus periens, as well as the currently active flows of the Pu`u O`o vent.
Natural Communities: 6 total, none rare
Native Plants: 133 total taxa, 11 rare
Native Animals: 7 total taxa, 2 rare
Kahauale`a is within the Three Mountain Alliance (TMA). Please visit: http://hawp.org/_library/documents/three-mountain-alliance/tma%20mgmt%20plan.final.2.pdf to read the TMA management plan which includes plans for Kahauale`a.