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.
Native Plants & Animals
Native Plants: 187 total taxa, 10 rare
Native Animals: 7 total taxa, 3 rare
Natural Communities: 17 total, 3 rare