Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Chandra S
    Texas138 contributions
    Sea Turtles!!
    Our family of five from Texas and Oklahoma visited Oahu and the Big Island for Spring Break! My daughter and two grandsons have received many badges from the National Park sites and we were excited to add the Hawaiian Parks to our collections. My favorite at Kaloko-Honolohau was hiking to the tide pools and seeing the sea turtles!! We also saw several of the petroglyphs on the Boardwalk! The Park Ranger working the day we visited was friendly and answered all the questions we had! She also explained some very important Hawaiian Culture and traditions!! It was very interesting to us and she explained it in a way that made sense and was interesting to my 6 and 10 year old grandsons!! I would definitely recommend Kaloka-Honolohau to anyone visiting the Big Island!!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 March 2023
  • AKwaterrat
    44 contributions
    Another hidden jewel in the NPS crown
    We wanted to learn more about Hawaiian culture and history while on the Big Island. We stopped in at the park not knowing what to expect and were not disappointed. The entrance is very unassuming and the park is very low key hiding in plain sight. The Visitor's center gives a brief overview of the subject but the real detail is out on the trail, reading the interpretive signs andexamining the various places in the park. The ranger on duty greeted us and pointed out the various options and routes for getting to the locations. Park staff are the unsung heroes of the system. We opted for the self gudied tour following the trail from the Visitor's Center, down to the beach and up to the fish ponds. Taking along water and having a good pair of shoes in essential as the trail is a combination of pavement, dirt, and beach. We came to learn about the island's culture--the information provided by the signs and maps were very illuminating. I like being able to move at my own pace.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 April 2023
  • rubyrjm
    Saskatoon, Canada19 contributions
    Interesting historical site
    I (46 yo) visited mid-April with my 12 yo and 14 yo kids. We stopped at the visitor's center for a quick history of the site and then walked the path down to the water. The path is a little rough but was not challenging for us. There is a little boardwalk loop on the path that is not marked and is the petroglyph site. My mom (76 yo) drive down to the water and met us at the beach where we checked out the fish pond and fish trap. She used her walking sticks and had no problem on the lava rocks and sand. We saw two sra turtles and called the visit a success!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 April 2023
  • ticoalra
    Jefferson, Maryland319 contributions
    Walking trails, petroglyphs, beaches and turtles!
    We visited in the morning before we checked out of our condo. We parked on the South side in the harbor and walked to the Ai'opio fishpond. We explored the rocks and then saw 5 turtles sunning themselves. We then walked the path to the petroglyph boardwalk and back to the car. We then drove around to the visitor center entrance before we left. It was a wonderful stop before we changed sides of the island. We were grateful to have gone early.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Southwest_Gaucho
    Lake Havasu City, Arizona1,118 contributions
    Great little park along the shoreline.
    Stopped in not really knowing what this park had to offer and wish we had stopped earlier on our visit to Hawaii. Lots of information here and walking but didn't have the time to take it all in on this trip. Highly recommend good walking shoes, hats, sunscreens, and water. Found the southern entrance down by the small boat harbor and checked out the beach down there and turtles. Very cool. Would return for some beach time and snorkeling. Worth stopping if you're in the area.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Catherine B
    3 contributions
    A must see for me!
    At first, we were unsure where to go, but Craig, a guide from the national park gave us good advice. I recommend talking with them! So we ended up at a beach very close by, seeing many many turtles! That beach was absolutely stunning! Don't hesitate to add this visit to your travelling plans! Close to the airport (this can help you decide when you go).
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 October 2023
  • Jeremy C
    Atlanta, Georgia883 contributions
    See the Sea Turtles!
    A flat 1 mile hike through lava rocks, and a few petroglyphs, brings you to the historical shore. In addition to being beautiful, on both of our visits we saw several sea turtles swimming close to shore. Its great just sitting on the sand and watching the turtles.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 October 2023
  • lori
    Tacoma, Washington22 contributions
    Nice historical area
    We enjoyed our visit to this historical site. We walked the trail that started by the harbor - about 3.5 miles round trip. The hike takes you by a beach with a lot of Honu (green) turtles on the rocks and in the water. Also we passed two fish ponds - one natural and the other built by native Hawaiians. One part of the trail is on a beach that is angled so it makes it a bit harder. Not a lot of signs describing what we were seeing so be sure to download the NPS app prior.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 December 2023
  • Gregory A
    8 contributions
    Turtles near the airport
    This secret gem less than 5 miles from KOA features dozens of protected green sea turtles basking in the water and on rocks and sand. Skip the visitor center and drive an extra mile south to the road that goes back to the marina. At the far end there is a labeled back gate with a VERY short walk to the ocean and turtle grounds, as well as historic walls. Great secluded beach for families, too.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 February 2024
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Gregory A
8 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
This secret gem less than 5 miles from KOA features dozens of protected green sea turtles basking in the water and on rocks and sand. Skip the visitor center and drive an extra mile south to the road that goes back to the marina. At the far end there is a labeled back gate with a VERY short walk to the ocean and turtle grounds, as well as historic walls. Great secluded beach for families, too.
Written 18 February 2024
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Yolanda S
Winnipeg, Canada331 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
We decided to go to Kaloko-Honokohau Historical National Park, without much planning, and didn’t know much about it. This is the historic site of an entire ancient Hawaiian community. Interesting to read about at the small Visitors Center, and then we decided to walk the trail to the beach. We did see a very interesting fish pond and 2 goats. Otherwise the signage wasn’t good, and we didn’t really know where we were or what we were seeing. We did make it down to the beach, and what we supposed was a fish trap. Other hikers said there were lots of turtles, but we only saw a couple. Parts of the path were paved, then ?crushed lava, then big flat stones, and gravel. It was hot and sunny, no shade, and a long walk. To get the most of the visit, it would likely be best to download the app (which we weren’t aware of). Good walking shoes, sunscreen, hats, lots of water! Lots of free parking and washrooms at the Visitors Center.
Written 12 January 2024
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FSUgonoles
Littleton, CO12 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Beware, the park superintendent closes down this park if there is even a chance of rain. We arrived as the rangers were closing and locking the gate. We parked outside and walked around the park but there isn't much to see there. The sun came out less than a half hour later so we drove back but the park never reopened that day. I would say the exhibits were disappointing, at best. When we got home we emailed the superintendent and asked him to email us passport cancellation stamps so we could at least paste the stamps into our kids' NPS stamp books since they at least walked through the park but after three email attempts we gave up as the superintendent was unresponsive. The same superintendent also closed down the sister park right around the town. We did make it to Pu'ukohola Heiau which is run by another superintendent and remained open that day and this park I highly recommend as it was very educational.
Written 25 December 2023
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lori
Tacoma, WA22 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed our visit to this historical site. We walked the trail that started by the harbor - about 3.5 miles round trip. The hike takes you by a beach with a lot of Honu (green) turtles on the rocks and in the water. Also we passed two fish ponds - one natural and the other built by native Hawaiians.

One part of the trail is on a beach that is angled so it makes it a bit harder. Not a lot of signs describing what we were seeing so be sure to download the NPS app prior.
Written 21 December 2023
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Jeremy C
Atlanta, GA883 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
A flat 1 mile hike through lava rocks, and a few petroglyphs, brings you to the historical shore. In addition to being beautiful, on both of our visits we saw several sea turtles swimming close to shore. Its great just sitting on the sand and watching the turtles.
Written 18 October 2023
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Catherine B
3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
At first, we were unsure where to go, but Craig, a guide from the national park gave us good advice. I recommend talking with them!
So we ended up at a beach very close by, seeing many many turtles! That beach was absolutely stunning!
Don't hesitate to add this visit to your travelling plans!
Close to the airport (this can help you decide when you go).
Written 14 October 2023
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Southwest_Gaucho
Lake Havasu City, AZ1,118 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
Stopped in not really knowing what this park had to offer and wish we had stopped earlier on our visit to Hawaii. Lots of information here and walking but didn't have the time to take it all in on this trip. Highly recommend good walking shoes, hats, sunscreens, and water.

Found the southern entrance down by the small boat harbor and checked out the beach down there and turtles. Very cool. Would return for some beach time and snorkeling.

Worth stopping if you're in the area.
Written 3 October 2023
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Pistachon279
Cancun, Mexico10,978 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
Great beach, nice walk through the national Park, the guide was amazing with a good knowledge of the place, don't miss it
Written 15 August 2023
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Richard T
Gilroy, CA7 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Short drive from Kailua, easy to find. Very nice small national park, it is well maintained and has knowledgeable rangers on duty who give informative historical presentations every hour. Very sacred place with beautiful scenery. Also steps away from one of the best snorkeling spots in the island, 2 step beach.
Written 10 August 2023
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Maria L
3 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
its an amazing hike tour fields of lava rock to end up and such a beautiful beach where we saw sea turtles!
Written 31 July 2023
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