On the slopes of windward Mauna Kea, Laupahoehoe includes examples of wet montane forests of `ohi`a and koa. The poorly drained portions contain wet grasslands and small montane lakes. Numerous streams run through the Reserve.
Laupahoehoe is located in the North Hilo District on the island of Hawaii, and stretches from just above 1,600 feet to about 4,600 feet elevation. Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge is adjacent to Laupahoehoe Reserve, and protects habitat for several endangered forest birds known to occur in Laupahoehoe as well. Five native natural communities can be observed in the Laupahoehoe Reserve, including a tall-stature koa/`ohia forest in both montane and lowland zones, `ohia/hapu`u (Cibotium spp.) forest, Carex alligata wet grassland, and non-native dominated patches.
Natural Communities: 8 total, none rare
Native Plants: 140 total taxa, 13 rare
Native Animals: 9 total taxa, 4 rare
Conducting Research and Educational Activities
Laupahoehoe NAR is part of the Hawai`i Experimental Tropical Forest. If you are interested in applying for permission to conduct research, research related activities, or educational activities please refer to the Hawaii Tropical Experimental Forest website.