The Hawaii Island Coast to Coast Birding Trail (HICCBT) is a 90-mile cross-island driving route from Kona to Hilo. Patterned after the many successful birding trails in North America, it links a remarkably varied set of locales featuring a broad representation of island bird life, nature, geology, history, and scenic vistas. The route runs from Kaloko-Honokohau National Park in Kona up Hina Lani Street to Highway 190 to Route 200 (the old Saddle Road) to the Daniel K. Inouye Highway to Wainuenue Avenue in Hilo via Kaumana Drive to Kamehameha Avenue and finally to Loko Waka Pond off Kalanianaole Avenue. Because the route consists of a network of sites rather than a physical linear trail, users can join or leave the route at any point along the way. All the sites are accessible areas to the public.
The trail is in its initial stages of development. A preliminary trail map was created for participants of the first annual Hawaii Island Festival of Birds. The festival served as the kickoff event for the HICCBT and, as an annual event, will raise funds for its ongoing development and support. A downloadable file of the trail map and next year’s festival info can be found at www.hawaiibirdfest.org. For the most up to date map, see the Interactive Map & Location Links.
The HICCBT project was initially conceived and developed by a dedicated group of tourism and birding professionals. At this year’s first annual Hawai’i Island Festival of Birds, it was announced that the State of Hawaii Na Ala Hele Trail and Access Program has adopted the trail and is now the lead agency for the trail’s development. Na Ala Hele is a program of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry.
This website is a placeholder until the new State managed site is up and running. As products are developed for the project, they will be added to this site.