Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park

The first settlers in the current day Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park region believed that their god Kane gave them the ability to live in unison with the natural environment and each other. Staff at this historical park near Kailua-Kona struggle to maintain the unison between development and protecting natural resources, especially when it comes to the underground water system today. Learn more about how the first settlers protected this area of the Big Island during their lifetime by visiting the temples, fishponds and petroglyphs at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park. In the past, hundreds of families lived self-sustaining lives at this site in a highly structured social class tier system following strict land and water conservation laws that were part of their religious code. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park

See the seawall at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, which was constructed without mortar and built at an angle to harness the wind’s power. View fishponds, abandoned homes, ancient temple ruins, petroglyph fields, canoe hale, and a freshwater-fed pool. This park is a fantastic place to go wildlife watching. 

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How To Get To Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park

If you are in Hilo, you need to drive clear across the Big Island to reach Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park. Start by getting on Saddle Road. Continue going straight to get onto Daniel K. Inouye Highway. Turn left onto Hawaii 190, which is also the Hawaii Belt Road. Turn right on Hina Lani Street and left on Hawaii 19. The park will be on the right in less than 1 mile. 


Hale Ho'okipa Welcome House, Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway, south of 97mile marker, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740

Fee: Entry fee $0

You may find yourself struggling with how human development should progress while protecting the natural environment. A visit to Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park is a chance to learn how an ancient civilization solved that problem through religious laws. See how multi-generational families lived in harmony with nature. You will want to go on several hikes where you may see turtles and other marine wildlife. A great way to explore this area and other nearby attractions is by bringing your RV. If you do not have an RV or it is too expensive to get it to the Big Island, then rent one on RVshare.com. You will love exploring this area of Hawaii.