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Manukā Natural Area Reserve



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.

Additional Information

Native Plants & Animals

Native Plants: 187 total taxa, 10 rare

Native Animals: 7 total taxa, 3 rare

Natural Communities

Natural Communities: 17 total, 3 rare