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Kona, Hawaii   Kipahoehoe Natural Area Reserve
Kipahoehoe Natural Area Reserve is a narrow piece of land running down the southwest slopes of Mauna Loa in the district of South Kona. It includes a rare lowland grassland, as well as mesic and wet forests of `ohi`a and koa. Recent volcanic flows run through the Reserve, leaving a variety of different aged communities.
Kona, Hawaii   Manuka Natural Area Reserve - Manuka State Wayside Park
On the flank of leeward Mauna Loa in South Kona, Manuka encompasses a wide range of habitats. These include subalpine shrublands and forests, mesic montane kipuka forests, wet montane forests, lowland mesic forests and lowland dry forests. Recent lava flows add a variety of pioneer vegetation types, as well as uncharacterized and unsurveyed lava tubes. Concentrations of the Hawaiian hoary bat occur in the area. A rare lowland grassland and anchialine pools are included as well.
Kona, Hawaii   Kealakekua Bay Marine Life Conservation District


315 acres, Established 1969. Kealakekua Bay is located about 30 minutes south of Kailua-Kona. The only access by car is to Napo'opo'o Beach, which is located on the bay's eastern shoreline. From Kailua-Kona, take Hwy 11 south to the Napo'opo'o turn-off (about 18 miles), then turn right and drive 4 miles to the bay. Ka'awaloa Cove, at the bay's northern end, can be accessed only by boat, and a number of dive tours operate in the area.
lakekua Bay settled over a thousand years ago, the surrounding area contains many archeological and historical sites such as religious temples, and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places listings on the island of Hawaii in 1973 as the Kealakekua Bay Historical District. The bay is a marine life conservation district, a popular destination for kayaking, Scuba diving and snorkeling.
Kona, Hawaii   Lapakahi Marine Life Conservation District


146 acres, Established 1979. Located on the northwestern coast of Hawai`i, Lapakahi is about 12 miles north of Kawaihae. Take Hwy 270 north from Kawaihae to Lapakahi State Historical Park. The park entrance is on the left side of the highway, and marked with a sign. Parking is available at the end of the road.
The MLCD is divided into two subzones. Subzone A includes Koai`e Cove, and Subzone B includes the waters 500 feet outside of Subzone A and extending southward along the shoreline adjacent to the park, from the highwater mark to a distance of 500 feet offshore.
Kona,Hawaii   Old Kona Airport Marine Life Conservation District


146 acres, Established 1979. Old Kona Airport is located on the western coast of Hawai`i just west of Kailua-Kona town. At the intersection of Palani Road and Kuakini Hwy turn west and proceed past the old industrial area.
The MLCD includes the waters offshore of the Old Kona Airport State Park and adjacent private properties. It is bounded by a straight line seaward 500 yards from the western end of the park, to a straight line seaward 500 yards from the Kailua lighthouse. A "No Boating Zone" exists in the waters off the park as indicated.
Kona,Hawaii   Waialea Bay Marine Life Conservation District


35 acres, Established 1985. Waialea Bay is located in the southern portion of Kawaihae Bay, on the western coast of Hawai`i. Take Hwy 19 north about 23 miles from Kailua-Kona (or south from Kawaihae about 5 miles), and turn onto Puako Beach Drive. Then take the first right onto Old Puako Road, and watch the numbers on the telephone poles. Turn left between poles 69 and 70. The road is rough, but driveable. Parking is available near the beach.
The MLCD extends from the highwater mark seaward to a line from the point immediately north of Ohai Point to Kanekanaka Point.
Honuaula Forest Reserve
Kapapala Forest Reserve
Kau Forest Reserve
Keauohana Forest Reserve
Kohala Forest Reserve
Kohala Watershed Forest Reserve
Mauna Loa Forest Reserve
Puu Waa Forest Reserve
South Kona Forest Reserve
Waiakea Forest Reserve
Waiaha Springs Forest Reserve
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