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Lapakahi State Historical Park, Island of Hawaii

(3.8/5 based on 85 reviews on the web)
Lapakahi State Historical Park is a large area of ruins from an Ancient Hawaiian fishing village in the North Kohala District on the Big Island of Hawaii. Offshore is the Lapakahi Marine Life Conservation District.The name lapa kahi means "single ridge" in the Hawaiian Language, and applied to the ahupuaa, an ancient land division that ran from the sea up to Kohala Mountain. It is located off of Akoni Pule Highway (Route 270), 12.4mi north of Kawaihae, Hawaii. It is state archaeological site 10-02-2245, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 2, 1973 as site 73000654. Just to the north, Māhukona Beach Park is on a bay where a sugar mill once stood.
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  • We stopped here on our way back from Hawi. There is an interesting self guided tour we enjoyed. It's a beautiful setting and cool to learn history of the area. It doesn't take very long and it's free....  more »
  • Loved this place. We stopped in two small towns before here and I swear more people lived in Lapakahi than in either of the two places we visited. The self-guiding brochure was key. It's a seriously r...  more »
  • An interesting area, to take a step back in time. As some have noted, this is a site that would benefit from more attention and support services. This is an important historic reference that deserves ...  more »
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  • Lapakahi State Historical Park is a large area of ruins from an Ancient Hawaiian fishing village in the North Kohala District on the Big Island of Hawaii. Offshore is the Lapakahi Marine Life Conservation District. Lapakahi State Historical Park is a most to see and learn more about the history of Hawaii. Take a one mile, self-guided tour of this 262-acre park and see restored hale (houses) and lava stone walls, then play traditional Hawaiian games and learn more about life in early Hawaii. The park’s rocky shoreline also faces the Lapakahi Marine Life Conservation District although swimming is not encouraged. Because the Kohala Coast can get hot, the best time of day to visit is in the morning or later in the afternoon. The name lapa kahi means "single ridge" in the Hawaiian Language, and applied to the ahupuaʻa, an ancient land division that ran from the sea up to Kohala Mountain. Historical park on the site of a 600-year old traditional fishing village. Great for picture taking, hikes, education and learning, sight seeing.
  • The historic village is nice to explore....interesting to learn about how people were living some 600 yrs ago on the big island...Snorkeling at its best but entering the water can be a challenge for some...be carefull and enjoy...
  • A must to walk through. So much history. Wonderful place.
  • This place is awesome. Hawaiian culture preserved. Those who state this is not a must see, please continue on to scenic vistas, luau, and zip lining. Mahalo to the State of Hawaii for preserving this Hawaiian fishing village so I can show my keiki and mo'opuna their heritage.
  • Great place for views photos and hiking.