Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Kailua-Kona

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On the lava flows the people discovered a spirit...

To survive in a hot and arid environment the native Hawaiians (kanaka maoli) used ancient fishing skills, including the building of fishponds, and the knowledge of the location of precious fresh water (wai) that flows into the many brackish pools throughout the park. The spirit of the people (poe) and the knowledge of the elders (kupuna) created a tradition of respect and reverence for this area. This is a place you can hear the voice of the land and generations of people away from the din of modern technology and commerce … Just Listen!

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  • This stop for us was so much fun! We went specifically to snorkel at 2-step beach. Parking at that location is minimal but we followed the details given to us by the snorkel rental place that this wou...  more »
  • We brought our friends to see Honokohau National Historic site. This is a well-preserved or restored glimpse of ancient Hawaiian culture. The area is easy to get to and traverse. The areas to see are ...  more »
  • This lovely little visitor center is staffed by some really great rangers who are knowledgeable and friendly. The Center is stranded in a huge area of lava so if you plan to hike the trails, bring wat...  more »
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  • Best place on the island to see Sea Turtles! This is a wonderful place. Park at the visitors center and take the short hiking trail to the beach and fish pond - or park at the marina and take an even shorter hike straight to the beach - this park is not to be missed while staying on the big island. Of all the beaches we went to, this was the absolute best to see sea turtles. I've never seen so many in my life, it seemed like everywhere we looked there was another sea turtle sunning themselves on the beach or by the tide-pools. These are protected creatures, so treat them with respect and stay a good distance away. They ask that you keep 20 feet, but at some areas there were so many on the rocks this was difficult to do. Lovely trails, lovely coast and a wonderful way to spend time on the big island. We loved this place so much this was the only beach we visited twice during our stay. Do not miss it here!
  • SEATURTLES! And cute guides. Seriously though, awesome staff, cool turtles, and informative plaques. Highly recommend.
  • This is my favorite beach. It has everything, shallow protected areas for the kiddos, nice sand, turtles, not crowded.
  • Nice quick stop. Organized area. You can more easily access the beach/turtles via the marina.
  • This was a neat nature walk to take. I hope the next time we are on the Big Island the construction on the walking path is finished I'd would love to explore it. The turtles resting on the beach were a lot of fun to watch.

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