Lapakahi State Historical Park

Lapakahi State Historical Park

Lapakahi State Historical Park
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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  • Randy W
    6 contributions
    Interesting place, indefinite closing time.
    We enjoyed hiking the loop trail and reading the brochure at the numbered stops. It's amazing how well preserved the walls from the structures are. It's hard to imagine how difficult it was for the Hawaiian residents to live off the land so long ago. It's a very pretty area also, with palm trees and great ocean views, including the island of Maui across the channel. Just one rather strange experience as we were leaving. We were well aware of the 4pm closing time and we were the last visitors there. We drove up the road to the gate and stopped just before the gate at exactly 3:47 so I could get out of the car and take a photo. At the same moment, a park employee started closing the entrance gate and then stopped and glared at me, obviously wanting me to hurry up and leave. He continued to glare at us as we drove out. What I don't understand is this: Why doesn't the guy just come to close the gate at 4pm? Maybe they should list the park hours as "8am until we decide to close the gate." Anyway, it was a good visit other than that.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 27, 2023
  • dixiepeach
    Kansas City, Missouri8,367 contributions
    Nice place for a walk to the beach
    We stopped to see if we could spot any mink seals but there weren’t any on our visit. However, it was still a nice walk. The path is uneven with small and medium loose rocks. It’s definitely not good for strollers or people with mobility issues. There’s free parking and no entrance fee.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 6, 2023
  • Wood77
    Los Angeles, California1,883 contributions
    Village Life Of Lapakahi Early Settlers
    At the Lapakahi State Historical Park in North Kohala, you learn about the life of the people that occupied this area. They left behind remnants of their daily lives involved fishing, housing and religious beliefs. It is a walking tour on uneven rocks, stones and pebbles. The total trail is less than 1 mile. Snorkelers and swimmers can access the water from here. No lifeguards. The offshores of Lapakahi, rich in fish and corals, is designated a Marine Life Conservation District. Limited parking.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 13, 2023
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ2,077 contributions
Jan 2020
Traveling along the road and I spotted this State park. We didn't know what it was but decided on a whim to pull off and investigate. Turned out to be a 600 year old village that was just ready for a self guided interpretive hike. Gives you some insight on what it was to live in a lava field and survive. We thought it was quite informative and worth the hour stop..
Written February 20, 2020
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astromandan
33 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a park with it all. There is Hawaiian archaeology along with beautiful lava coastline. After you visit the interpretive site, drive on out farther on the road and take a walk on some of the trails. There are picnic tables where we love to bring a lunch.
Written February 27, 2020
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Tom B
Salida, CO2,240 contributions
Jan 2020
A great self guided tour of the Hawaiian culture and at no cost. You can donate if you wish. A well marked trail takes you along the remains of an old village. It was fascinating to see the architecture of the past and think of the struggles that the people had to endure in that time. Well worth a visit for sure and not just for the history but also for the beauty of the area.
Written February 8, 2020
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Randy W
6 contributions
Feb 2023
We enjoyed hiking the loop trail and reading the brochure at the numbered stops. It's amazing how well preserved the walls from the structures are. It's hard to imagine how difficult it was for the Hawaiian residents to live off the land so long ago. It's a very pretty area also, with palm trees and great ocean views, including the island of Maui across the channel.

Just one rather strange experience as we were leaving. We were well aware of the 4pm closing time and we were the last visitors there. We drove up the road to the gate and stopped just before the gate at exactly 3:47 so I could get out of the car and take a photo. At the same moment, a park employee started closing the entrance gate and then stopped and glared at me, obviously wanting me to hurry up and leave. He continued to glare at us as we drove out.

What I don't understand is this: Why doesn't the guy just come to close the gate at 4pm? Maybe they should list the park hours as "8am until we decide to close the gate." Anyway, it was a good visit other than that.
Written February 27, 2023
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Kathrin S
Portland, OR618 contributions
May 2021
The place is lovely, and the views are beautiful. We even saw a family sitting in the shade with a snack overlooking the water.

When we pulled up, there was a man there who told us a little bit about the best way to walk, etc. He was very nice. Be sure to grab a brochure so you can follow along with the numbered markings as you walk the loop. You can get a sense of the livelihood of the folks who lived here long ago.

There is NO shade so be sure to bring sunscreen and your wide brimmed hat.
Written June 6, 2021
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Corinne A
San Jose, CA175 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
This is a gorgeous location on the north side. If you are interested in learning about the history of Hawaii this short trail takes you around the remains of a 600 year old village and gives you a great sense of the life that local fishermen led. The drive up is astonishing and it’s really lovely to see the island without all the colloidal hotels and condo complexes.
Written July 9, 2021
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LarsieB
Denver, Colorado, USA1,533 contributions
Aug 2021
We accidentally came across this area while driving along the northwestern coastline of the Big Island and we were really glad that we stopped and checked out this area. It was once an ancient Hawaiian fishing community and it's really fascinating to see and has been well maintained. The shoreline here is also really beautiful. Parking was very easy. Wear a hat if it's not too windy too as its very exposed when you're walking here. There is no charge to enter either, it's free.
Written November 15, 2021
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StigJim
Alliance, OH532 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
We visited Hawai’i five years ago and this was on our must-return list. When guided by the brochure, there’s a lot of history that you can learn. We also liked the fact that the brochure explains some of the plants that grow near the trail. The only slight criticism is that the “secondary” trail is less intuitive to follow than the main trail; it could use a couple of markers. This visit was just as great as our first visit had been, and this is our favorite of the oceanside parks on the NW of the Big Island.
Written November 8, 2021
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jdc8mbc
California627 contributions
Aug 2021
Be sure to pick up a brochure before starting the Ancient Hawaiian Village hike. There are two loop trails which can be done in an hour. One loop is 0.5 mile and the other is 0.3 mile . Along the way you'll see a burial site, houses (hale), canoe storage facilities, well, salt-making stones, a stone checkers board, heiaus (religious sites), fishing shrine, and rock shelter. No shade so bring a hat and sunscreen. Do to Covid, the gift shop was closed.
Written September 28, 2021
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MAM
307 contributions
Aug 2022
Brought friends for the historical self-guided tour. Very informative. We were pleasantly surprised to see the snorkeling area with all the yellow tang and many other fish. We then came 2 other days to snorkel here. Out of all the snorkeling we did on our 10 days on the Big Island, this was our favorite. Easy access, few people, and a multitude of beautiful fish! Can't wait to travel to Hawaii once again and go snorkeling here. Just be aware: no towels, no sunscreen.
Written August 15, 2022
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