- Located on the eastern side of the island, this 0.5 mile easy trail follows the alignment of the old government road into the Hawaii Tropical Botanical garden and splits at Alakahi Stream; one branch turns right to Kukilu Bay and the other continues directly across the garden to the east side of Kahali`i Stream. The stream may be forded at this point to connect with the Donkey Trail. Mosquito repellent needed.
Donkey Trail goes directly to the point between Kenenue and Kahali`i Bays. It is steep, with the tread uneven and often slippery. Use caution. Donkey Trail is part of a Hawaiian Kingdom government cart road used for hauling goods from the landing at Onomea. Mosquito repellent recommended.
Trail starts from the old Hawaii Belt Road (4 mile scenic route between Papaikou and Pepeekeo off Highway 19) about 0.5 mile on the Hilo side of the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden Office. Limited parking.