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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  • August 13, 2017
    lots to learn from hands on activities and replica of tools and toys. kids did the park ranger book and got the badges. the part of the park that has the fish pond has beautiful beaches.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    We went twice to "Two Step" the snorkel site down the path right before entrance to the park. The snorkelling was crazy good (careful no beach and two steps into the ocean!). After the second time sno...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    After a relatively easy short walk of less than a mile you are rewarded with a stunning vista and the chance to see sea turtles in their natural habitat. Most of the walk is over gravel and in the sun...  more »
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  • January 16, 2017
    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!
  • June 11, 2017
    SEATURTLES! And cute guides. Seriously though, awesome staff, cool turtles, and informative plaques. Highly recommend.
  • June 30, 2017
    This is my favorite beach. It has everything, shallow protected areas for the kiddos, nice sand, turtles, not crowded.
  • May 19, 2017
    Nice quick stop. Organized area. You can more easily access the beach/turtles via the marina.
  • March 6, 2017
    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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