Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Guided tours
Backcountry camping
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Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park is a 1160 acre preserve dedicated to protecting and displaying areas of traditional Hawaiian life in what might appear as a harsh landscape of dark lava rock.

Created in 1978, the park contains several different examples of how people were able to thrive within this environment. A natural starting point would be the visitor center, located right off of Highway 19. The stark blackrock landscape makes it appear as if nothing could exist here. The visitor center has interpretive displays, as well as gifts and rangers able to answer questions. A paved path goes from the parking lot to the visitor center. Another path continues from the back of the visitor center, eventually becoming a dirt trail that leads to the beach areas. Those who would prefer to drive will find parking areas at the other park areas.

To the north is Kaloko Point and Kaloko Fishpond, where visitors can see a reconstructed rockwall made from placing stones together without cement that has formed a barrier protecting the area's natural freshwater springs as a pond to raise fish. Fishing is still permitted here and you'll often find locals doing just that. 

The Ala Kahakai Trail, a 175 mile trail spanning much of the island's coast, passes the length of the park, and visitors can visit any of the beaches by walking along this path.

Partway down is Honokohau Beach, a crescent sandy beach that makes a good alternative for those seeking to escape the beach crowds. 

At the southern end of the coastal portion of the park is Alula Beach, where those crowds can usually be found. This is because the beach has a protected shallow cove that is perfect for families with young ones. The clear waters and plentiful fish make it a great snorkeling destination, and the shallow areas also tend to draw sea turtles to feed. 

Archaeological ruins also abound throughout the park, including smaller structures along with larger heiaus.

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park is free to visit, with no fees required. The park is open daily from 8:30am to 5pm.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Variety of features. Amazing beaches.


Limited hours.


ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Historically significant
Geologically significant
Flushing toilets
Family friendly
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Native artifacts
Potable water


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Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park, Hawaii
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park, Hawaii


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