Lapakahi State Historical Park, Hawaii's Big Island
Name: Lapakahi State Historical Park
What: Historical park on the site of a 600-year-old traditional fishing village
Where: Twenty kilometres north of Kawaihae Harbor
As you drive between the lava fields of the Kohala Coast and the lush surroundings of North Kohala make a stop at Lapakahi State Historical Park. Located 20 kilometres north of Kawaihae Harbor and Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site on Akoni Pule Highway (Highway 270), Lapakahi is a partially restored fishing settlement that dates back over 600 years. This rugged coastal park will give you a glimpse of what it was like to live like the Native Hawaiians of the past.
Take a 1.6 kilometre, self-guided tour of this 106-hectare park and see restored hale (houses) and lava stone walls, then play traditional Hawaiian games and learn more about life in early Hawaii. The park’s rocky shoreline also faces the Lapakahi Marine Life Conservation District although swimming is not encouraged. Because the Kohala Coast can get hot, the best time of day to visit is in the morning or later in the afternoon.