The Ainapo Trail is a narrow, single-file, twisting, and occasionally slightly abraded trail above the 11,600 elevation. It leads up the broad southeast flank of Mauna Loa volcano to and along the east side of Mokuaweoweo, the major summit crater. From prehistoric times through 1916, The Ainapo trail was the customary route to the summit crater of Mauna Loa volcano. Most Mauna Loa ascents by Hawaiians were made during summit eruptions, when the volcano goddess Pele was present, to honor her with chanted prayers and offerings.
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