The Kaloko Honokohau National Historical Park combines recreation with a restored display of Hawaiian history set on the Big Island’s dramatic Kona Coast. Visit the park to meander through the ancient settlement where thatched-hut hale (houses) sit on the shore, explore the area’s trails, or relax at the white sand Honokohau Beach.
More than just the beaches and hiking trails, the Kaloko Honokohau National Historical Park is as an outdoor museum of Hawaiian archaeology. You can visit on your own to see sacred temples, petroglyphs, and the historic fishponds that sustained previous generations, or join a guided tour. Many tours include stops at the park alongside other Kona attractions, such as coffee plantations, breweries, and even a bee farm.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The historical park is a great stop for history buffs and nature lovers.
- Be respectful of the park’s cultural and religious significance.
- Park amenities are limited, so bring your own food and water.
- The park is free to enter, and camping is not allowed.
How to Get There
Located off Highway 19 between Kona International Airport and downtown Kona, Kaloko Honokohau National Historical Park is an easy drive, bus ride, or bicycle trip for those arriving on the island or basing out of Kona. If you are staying outside Kona, consider visiting the park on a group tour.
When to Get There
The Kaloko Honokohau National Historical Park visitor center is open from 8:30am to 4pm daily, and vehicle access to the park is open from 8am to 5pm. If you want to have the park to yourself, visit outside of the normal park hours. When the vehicle gate is closed, follow the road past the Honokohau Marina and to the Kona Sailing Club where you can take a short trail into the park.
Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles at Kaloko Honokohau National Historical Park
Visitors to the park frequently spot green sea turtles (honu) sleeping on Honokohau Beach, basking in the lava flats, and swimming offshore. The turtles come to the shoreline to feed on the seaweed and the algae that grows on the lava flats. Low tide is the best time to observe the turtles. Just remember, these sea turtles are federally protected and must be enjoyed from a distance of at least 15 feet (4.5 meters).