Ahupua'a O Kahana State Park

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Ahupua'a O Kahana State Park

Hawaii

(808) 587-0300

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Things To Do

Overview

Kahana was a thriving fishing and farming community prior to Western contact. Those living in Kahana had an abundance of fresh water and fertile soil on the valley floor to cultivate kalo (taro), the staple crop. The loçi (ponded fields of kalo) were irrigated by 'auwai (ditches) that diverted water from the streams to the fields. Kahana Bay provided a wealth of fish and shellfish.

In the 19th Century, following the unification of the Hawaiian Islands by Kamehameha I, the population rapidly declined as a result of Western contact and the introduction of foreign diseases. Sugar cane cultivation and the use of the valley as a WWII jungle warfare training site, have altered the natural and cultural environment of Kahana.

The Living Park The primary purpose of this park is to nurture and foster native Hawaiian cultural traditions and the cultural landscape of rural windward O'ahu. Established as a "living park", there are thirty-one families living in the ahupu'ça of Kahana. These families assist with interpretive programs that share the Hawaiian values and lifestyle.

There are two hiking trails available to the public. Both are relatively easy walking, but trails may be muddy. No permits are required, and detailed trail maps are available at the Orientation Center

Map of Ahupua'a O Kahana (HI)

Latitude, Longitude: 21.558551, -157.880681

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Activities

  • Camping

    There are ten (10) beach campsites in the park. Camping is by permit only. Camping permits must be obtained from the main State Parks office in downtown Honolulu.

  • Hiking

    There are two hiking trails available to the public. Both are relatively easy walking, but trails may be muddy. No permits are required, and detailed trail maps are available at the Orientation Center.

    Kapa'ele'ele Ko'a and Keaniani Lookout Trail is a one mile long loop trail that begins at the Orientation Center and takes about one hour. The trail passes two cultural sites and offers stunning views of Kahana Bay.

    Nakoa Trail is named for the koa trees found along this 2.5 mile loop trail through a tropical rain forest. The loop hike takes about 2 hours. The total length of the hike is 5 miles from the Orientation Center. The trailhead can be reached by following the main road up the valley. This trail crosses Kahana Stream twice. Fruit picking when in season.

  • Historic Sites

    Please visit the Orientation Center.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables are available at the state park.

Directions

Driving

On the windward side of O'ahu, between Kane'ohe and La'ie, and 26 miles from Honolulu

Phone Numbers

Primary

(808) 587-0300

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