Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
Name: Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
What: National Historic Park, Hawaiian Fishponds, Beach, Wildlife
- Where: Just south of Kona International Airport
- More Info: Free. www.nps.gov/kaho/index.htm
Just south of Kona International Airport (KOA), is Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. Explore this coastal park and discover how an early Hawaiian settlement survived on the rugged Kona coast.
Hike to see four different ahupuaa (traditional sea to mountain land divisions), as well as heiau (sacred temples) and kii pohaku (petroglyphs). The park is also home to two amazing Hawaiian fishponds that show the engineering acuity of Native Hawaiians. Walk out to see how the white sands of Honokohau Beach contrast with the black lava rock coastline. Or look for local wildlife including honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles), native birds and maybe even a Hawaiian monk seal, sunning itself on the shore. Check the Visitor Centre to learn more about special programs and guided tours.