Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Quick Facts

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Hawaii

(808) 329-6881

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Things To Do

Overview

Established in 1978 for the preservation, protection and interpretation of traditional native Hawaiian activities and culture, Kaloko-Honokohau NHP is an 1160 acre park full of incredible cultural and historical significance. It is the site of an ancient Hawaiian settlement which encompasses portions of four different ahupua'a, or traditional sea to mountain land divisions. Resources include fishponds, kahua (house site platforms), ki'i pohaku (petroglyphs), holua (stone slide), and heiau (religious site).

Map of Kaloko-Honokohau

Latitude, Longitude: 19.678271, -156.025060

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Activities

  • Boating

    pproximately 450 berthing slips are provided for recreational and  commercial vessels at Honokohau Small Boat Harbor located at Honokohau Bay. 

  • Fishing

    Imagine how the people who lived here used the ocean and its resources. Just like them, you can enjoy the coastal views, take a tidal pool walk or watch a beautiful sunset along the seashore. Fishing and gathering of some ocean resources are allowed - guided by State of Hawaii regulations.

  • Hiking

    Walk along the footpaths used by Hawaiian people years ago. Take the Mamalahoa Trail and imagine what it would be like to lead your donkeys laden with produce on your way to the market. Take a portion of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail past heiau and house platforms that remain from long ago. The more recent Ala Hele Ike Trail will lead you from the visitor center to Honokohau Beach, passing native plants and stone walls and a corral that remain from the ranching days of the past as you hike along the trail.

  • Picnicking

    Spend a family day together at Honokohau Beach picnicking on the seashore and watching basking sea turtles. Explore the tidal ponds or watch native wetland birds. Learn about the history of Hawai'i together by hiking on the trails and encountering the places that whisper stories of the past. Inquire at the Hale Ho'okipa Visitor Contact Station about the park's Junior Ranger program.

  • Water Sports

    Imagine how the people who lived here used the ocean and its resources. Just like them, you can enjoy the coastal views, take a tidal pool walk or watch a beautiful sunset along the seashore.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year round. Check with the Visitor Center at (808) 326-9057 for any changes in hours of operation due to unforeseen circumstances.

Park Partners

Hawaii Pacific Parks Association

Formerly the Hawaii Natural History Association, the Hawaii Pacific Parks Association (HPPA) is a nonprofit cooperating association working in partnership with the National Park Service in Hawaiʻi and American Samoa. HPPA publishes and distributes educational books, guides and other materials, funds visitor center exhibits and park libraries, provides information assistance, sponsors free cultural demonstrations and festivals, and helps support conservation efforts such as the endangered nn recovery and hawksbill sea turtle projects. Since its creation in 1933, the association has contributed over $12 million in direct aid and other support to the parks.

(808) 985-6051

Directions

Driving

Car - Kaloko-Honok*hau is located at the base of Hual*lai Volcano, along the Kona coast of the island of Hawai`i. It is three miles north of Kailua-Kona and three miles south of Keahole-Kona International Airport, along Highway 19 (the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway). There is no park sign or visitor center (yet) in this young park, so a trip to the park headquarters may be helpful to get your bearings. The park's administrative headquarters is located in the Kaloko New Industrial Park along Highway 19. From the highway, turn mauka (towards the mountain) on Hinalani Street and then make your first right onto Kanalani Street. Turn right into the fourth driveway on your right. The headquarters is located at the end of that driveway. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Kaloko road gate is located across the highway from the Kaloko New Industrial Park (across from the big yellow "Kona Trade Center" building). You can also access the park from the south end, by way of the north end o

Phone Numbers

Primary

(808) 329-6881

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