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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  • We went there primarily for snorkeling. It is also called "2-step" because the main place to enter the water is a two-level rocky ledge about 8 feet wide. We were there on a very choppy day and gettin...  more »
  • We loved this place so much we went twice. The first time, we went to the visitor center and took the 1-mile (one-way) trail to the beach. It was very hot but worthwhile once we saw 15 turtles or so. ...  more »
  • If you go to the park’s official visitor’s center, the ranger will point you to 30-minute path that leads across a lava field to the beach where the sea turtles hang out, but if you find yourself roas...  more »
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  • This park is in serious need of renewal. Interesting petroglyphs and see shore but many areas are currently closed and paths are rough. Wear appropriate footwear for uneven paths.
  • This place is epic. When you park, you can't even imagine what's waiting for you on the other side of some shrubbery and a 5-10min walk. First word that comes to mind is paradise. There is a straw hut, palm trees, and a sacred temple on the peninsula. Just be wary, this isn't a great place to go swimming by any stretch of that word's meaning. This is def a place to hang, chill, relax, get your feet wet. The reason being that it's an old fish hatchery that doesn't get any deeper then 1-3 feet.
  • Great trail access to multiple trails including Kings Trail. Historic information. Worth coming to if you're a tourist. Walk the trails it's the best part.
  • 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, without much shade. But if you bring some water and wear sunscreen, it's no big deal. There are restroom facilities available. The turtles regularly come up out of the water and rest in the sand. There are warning signs to keep 20 feet away. You can go swimming/snorkling at the beach. This is a great little spot and not usually crowded.
  • This area covers two of the Big Island's National Parks: Kaloko-Honokohau NationalHistorical Park and Ala Kahakai Historic Trail. Kahoko_Honoohau National Historical Park features fish ponds, lava fields, and the historical trail. We had walked the Ala Kahiko Historic Trail in the Waikoloa area, so it was interesting to see what it looked like in this area.

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