Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Kailua-Kona

Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park is located in Kailua-Kona. Make Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park part of your personalized Kailua-Kona itinerary using our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner.
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  • 10 minutes drive from Kona before the energy lab and airport, looks like you're at a marina but a short walk and there's a secluded little beach with sea turtles and rock reefs to delight everyone. Ta...  read more »
  • We walked through the entire park and listened to the few sound recordings. My husband had the trail guide and read it to our group. The directions for getting from post to post marking sites of inter...  read more »
  • It was a long, hot walk out to the shoreline, but the fish trap and history was worth the walk. Be prepared and bring lots of water, sunscreen and time. There was a dirt road (for normal cars - Hawaii...  read more »
  • I had a very negative experience with Liesel, the park ranger. My wife and I love the national park system and have been to over 50 national parks. We have collected junior ranger badges from every park we have been to, with the exception of this park. We just got married and were on the island for our honeymoon. This was a once in a lifetime trip and we will not be able to finance a trip here again in the near future. We arrived at the park at 3:30pm. Google maps told us that the park office closed at 5pm even though Liesel told me they close at 4pm. Liesel refused to let us participate in the junior ranger program. Since this is our last night on the island, we may never have another chance. We gave Liesel our word that we would still complete the packet after the park had closed, however, she bureaucratically refused. She was the rudest park ranger and rudest Hawaiian we have met. She was more concerned with gossiping with her fellow ranger than sparking the interest of eager, albeit aged, junior ranger enthusiasts. The national parks should be less concerned with rules and more concerned with a passion for preserving the beauty of the parks. Her actions are disgraceful to the park system. To Liesel: this is a plastic badge for 12 year olds. Obviously we are "too old" to be collecting these but you take your job seriously in the wrong ways. Thanks for being the biggest buzz kill in Hawaii.
  • Stop whining about the Rangers. Park closes at 400 pm. Good facilities, walk to and from beach not the most exciting but petroglyph 's are there if you know where to look. 1.5 hrs to walk the the beach and return. Turtles and fish in the tide pools. Given there isn't too much hiking on this side of the island it substitutes for it. Cheers, British_eh
  • A hidden gem that you should definitely check out if you are in the mood for sea turtles. I spent hours wading in the shallow, calm waters photographing these creatures, who are very habituated to human presence. You obviously need to stay a safe distance away to respect the wildlife. That said, enjoy!
  • Snorkeling isn't great, but it's a nice park. Enter from the marina side if you aim to swim, snorkel, or visit the water, it's much easier. In any event your destination will be poorly marked, you just choose if you walk ten feet before you're a little confused about where to go or half a mile. The wrong turn is also much clearer from the marina. The fish pool is a man made artifact, and protected by federal law. The stones that are obviously arranged were, and the stones that might've been arranged also were - and you could be cited for walking on them. The entrance to the fishing pool is dicey if you're snorkeling in from the ocean, getting out to it is no problem. Beyond the rocks it goes full ocean real quick, so be a strong swimmer if you plan to be as foolish as I. Lots of silt out there, so not really worth it. Sea turtles call the whole place home, they're protected species, but cool to watch. Snorkeling isn't great, but is accessible even on big wave days because of the artifice. The whole park is pretty spectacular nature though, so it's worth taking in.
  • Small but has a very neat heiau and a beautiful beach, just a short walk from the parking area. We saw at least seven turtles basking on the sand or floating near the shore. Not a great beach for swimming but a great place for a walk.
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