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“Turtles, wetlands and seclusion”

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
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Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park and Bee Farm
Ranked #8 of 136 things to do in Kailua-Kona
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Reviewed 6 January 2012

If you want a beach to nearly yourself and enjoy history plus real hawaiian wildlife such as turtles and wetland birds this is the place for you and so close to town.

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Reviewed 5 January 2012

Located between mile markers #97 and #97 then a short drive off the highway into the parking area here, just South of the Kona Airport. Here you can take an easy/level walk along what was once part of an historic "roadway" (footpath?) with lots of interesting areas to sit at the water's edge and enjoy the whales offshore (depending on the time of year you visit) or just be mesmerized by the lulling sound of the surf. Washrooms are available at either end of this approx. 3 mile round trip walk. This was once the location of a large community and the Kaloko Fishpond, with its impressive rock walls, is presently being renovated.

11  Thank Bruce L
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

This place was lovely and very moving. The whole park is very quiet and natural and the interpretive center has a restroom and a nice path. The area is quite large. The turtles were so very cool. It is well worth the trip.

Thank maidenmt
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Reviewed 31 December 2011

First of all, for easiest access to the beach, take Kealakehe Parkway toward the water (west) off highway 19 and make your first right. Drive to the end of the road and park in the large parking lot near the boat house. The trail to the beach is off the northwest corner of the parking lot. Walking to the beach from the main visitor center is a bit longer and will require you to bring along some water.
We actually went here to find sea turtles. We were a little disappointed by the lack of turtles at A-bay, undoubtedly due to the major construction that was going on at the time (December 2011). So we drove south down the shore and opted not to take the dirt road to Kekaha Kai state park. The next park we came to was Kaloko-Honokohau. The incredibly friendly volunteer at the visitor center told us about the easier access described above. We walked about 0.5 miles along the beach and found many green sea turtles just hanging out in the tide pools. We didn't do much more exploring of the park than this as we were headed into Kailua-Kona for a day of shopping and other activities and this was just "on the way" but we were thrilled with what we found. We got some beautiful pictures with the telephoto lens (need to stay 20 feet away) with very little effort on our part.

6  Thank TammyS3
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Reviewed 31 December 2011

The visitor center has a restroom and a nice path to the beach/hut. If you want you can skip the trial by parking at the harbor.

Thank Eric C
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