Na Pohaku o Hauwahine is a lesser-known forest restoration and cultural site near Kailua on the windward side of O'ahu, situated adjacent to the Kawai Nui Marsh. According to ancient Hawaiian legends, Hauwahine was the goddess of the Kawai Nui fishpond who took the form of a woman sunning herself on the exposed rocks in this area, or sometimes as a guardian spirit in the form of a giant black lizard. She was the bringer of abundant fish to the pond, maintaining the health and welfare of local families. The stones overlooking the marsh are sacred to Hauwahine, and although the fishpond has been replaced by the marsh, these areas were once extremely rich in abundance and productivity.
Today visitors can walk the paths through reforestation of dryland habitats and down to the edge of the Kawai Nui Marsh. The roughly 1-mile loop trail starts at a parking area off Kapa'a Quarry Road and features plenty of flowering plants, fruiting trees, and other native plant species. There are plenty of benches and seating areas along the short trail to take in the views of the marsh and surrounding mountains. This peaceful stretch of land with rich cultural significance and history is a welcomed retreat from the busy towns and neighborhoods nearby. Witness sunrise over the misty marsh, or enjoy a self-guided nature walk through dryland forest. The park is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please be respectful of the cultural significance of this site and pack out all trash.