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“Easy access” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kaloko-Honokohau National Park

Kaloko-Honokohau National Park
73-4786 Kanalani Street, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
(808) 329-6881
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$114*
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Ranked #14 of 112 things to do in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Seattle
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“Easy access”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Enter by harbor side for easy access to beach area where green turtles and bird life are easy to spot. Can also hike across lava for as long as you desire. Good cultural site as well.

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New Hartford, Connecticut
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“Spectacular coastal scenery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Especially enjoyed viewing the fish traps constructed of laval rocks and seeing some large sea turtles. There is a half mile trail from the main parking area to the beach, but there are two other entrances to the park that enabled us to see much of the park in under 2 hours.

Visited April 2015
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Davidson, North Carolina
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“A gorgeous spot on earth.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This was a really beautiful beach, natural, rather un-touristy compared to the rest of the island. But truthfully, we loved our beach at the Mauna Kea Resort so much, that I wish we never left.

Visited April 2015
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“Great tide pools”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

If you are at the park go to the end of the road and check out the tide pools. It is a must see. It is a good spot to have lunch while checking out the view.

Visited March 2015
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“Choose your walk on the trails to get the best of beach and interpretation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We visited a second time because we concluded we must have missed the best part on our first visit. On the first visit we started at the visitor center, got the trail guide, and took the short walk around the center through what is basically an uninterpreted lava field. We decided not to take the long walk through the lava fields to the turtle beach and fish ponds. This was a good choice.

On the second visit we drove to the Honokohau Marina and parked in the dirt lot where a small sign marks another park entrance. Note that this is NOT near the interpretive center. From there it was a short, partially shaded walk to a delightful beach and fishponds. We saw a number of turtles partially submerged in the shallow water right by the shore. We then walked north along the beach on the lava rocks, saw more turtles, some of which were hauled up on the rocks, lots of shorebirds, and enjoyed a cool breeze. It was a great couple of hours.

Tip: Go to the visitor center first, get the map, and see the exhibits. Then get back in the car, drive to the marina, and walk to the beach. This avoids the long, hot walk from the interpretive center to the beach.

Visited March 2015
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