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Kaloko-Honokohau National Park

73-4786 Kanalani Street, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
(808) 329-6881
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Ranked #7 of 50 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks
Traveler Description: almost unknown it has a visitor center and great turtle watching along with hawaiian fish ponds   use your golden eagle pass . Has many remote beaches more »
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Palo Alto, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We went there to complete the Junior Ranger Program, and this was the least impressive of the 5 National parks on the Big Island. The fish ponds have pretty much degraded into a regular looking pond, and we discovered this after a long walk along rocks and then sandy beach to find the pond. We did see a few sea... More

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Lusby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

While driving down to Kona from Hilo we saw the National Park sign and decided to stop because we have one of the Passports were we get the stamps. The building seemed pretty new and a Ranged meet us immediately. He was very nice and after giving us a a brief history lesson, he told us about the beach with... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is such a fun little gem of a place! The trail in from the harbor takes you right to the beach where there are swimming and sunning turtles. The water is warm and easy to get in. There are fun black crabs on the exposed black rocks at low tide. There is a pit toilet that is really clean... More

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We stopped at this park on the way to the Kailua-Kona airport because we had an extra bit of time to waste. What we found was a visitor center with both a ranger and a volunteer to answer questions and hand out maps, very nice trails, and a beach with turtles just laying there. The day we went was VERY... More

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We moved here 3 months ago & just found this beach..it's crowded on weekends w 2 turtles sunning ..great place to swim n snorkel ..

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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Lovely little visitor center with interpretive trail to the beach, or you can drive around to the Honokohau Harbor to reach same trail and beach. Don't go just for the beach--take the trail, learn about the Hawaiian culture and their aquaculture engineering that was unsurpassed in the Pacific. Skip the mauka trails, though, they are exposed lava rock trails that... More

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

not crowded at all. There is a short hike to the beach (near the marina) but worth it. Bring mosquito spray because your short hike on a path is thru a bunch of areas with trees and tons of mosquitos. We went for the ranger program for our kids - each state park has a badge the kids can earn... More

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Volcano, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The park nearly everyone goes to is Puuhonua O Honaunau, the place of refuge south of Kona, not here. Things to see include: the Kaloko fish wall which is cool but requires a short drive down a terrible road, a trail from the visitor's center that is usually really realy hot and sunny, a beach near the Honokohau harbor that... More

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CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This park is very interesting. The sites along the shore are in a beautiful setting on nice swimming beaches. We were glad that we decided not to walk to the visitor center since it is across a lava field and there is no shade. We got the junior ranger guide at the visitor center, which always teaches us a lot!

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

It is very interesting, but a very long walk to cover it all. There isn't much tree coverage, so the sun can get to you, especially on the last 1/3 of the walk.

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