Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
4.5
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  • ticoalra
    Jefferson, Maryland300 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, Arizona1,232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, Georgia860 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, Washington47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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Laurel C
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We were able to see so many sea turtles at about 9:30am they were eating the algae on the rocks and sunning themselves on the rock fish trap. Walking on the cemented lava was also such a unique experience that we found to be quite special to Kona beaches would highly recommend this tucked away gem for sea turtle lovers.
Written 19 June 2024
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Mike F
Antigo, WI412 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Great park! Brought my two boys to explore and do the jr. ranger books.

We loved walking the easy trail down to the beach, and through to the harbor. Saw turtles right up close, fish traps, petroglyphs and beautiful scenery! Crazy to think about life down there in old Hawaii. Really nice and a great gift shop!
Written 16 June 2024
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Mauro1990
Santa Rosa, CA950 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This is one of many other National Parks in the state of Hawaii. If you love history you won’t be disappointed. This is a site to see.
Walking the park trails, walking across a 2000 year old lava flow and even enjoying fishing, snorkeling, surfing and swimming.
Written 8 June 2024
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Gregory A
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Canada360 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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, WA47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, GA860 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, AZ1,232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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