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“Take A Few Hours To Learn Something About The Hawaiian Culture”

Lapakahi State Historical Park
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Reviewed January 26, 2012

I don't understand how someone wouldn't find this Historical Park interesting - sure, there's an absence of lush forest and this is definitely not a "Disneyland" exhibit but a self-guided tour you can do at your own pace (and it's FREE!) with brochures (also FREE) available at the entrance to the small information building that contains displays, exhibits and maps. The brochures contain numbered descriptions that correspond with the actual structures you see as you follow the well-marked walkways. The shoreline has numerous benches to sit/relax and is also a great spot to watch the whales frolick offshore (in season). Not a lot of shade here so where sunscreen and a hat and bring water. I've only snorkeled once here and the waters were crystal clear and there was a good showing of fish, but on every other visit it was a little too rough to attempt going in (and then trying to get back out again). Apparently you are not allowed to swim here - but you can snorkel (I don't understand it either) 'though I never had a problem with anyone when I wandered past staff with my snorkel gear and towel. A lot of effort has gone into this re-creation/repair of an old Hawaiian village that had folks living there right up to the early 1960s. After shopping at Tiffany & Co (or Louis Vuitton) in the nearby Waikoloa Shopping Centre, this is a great way to learn some real culture! Easy access off Hwy 270, lots of parking and restrooms. Enjoy.

9  Thank Bruce L
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Reviewed November 1, 2009

We didn't find this park that interesting. The whole area is very dry & barren. The trail down through the park is steep and hard to walk. We didn't stay long.

2  Thank nursesar
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Reviewed January 6, 2009

If you are at all interested in the history of Hawaii you will want to explore this partial restoration of an ancient coastal settlement. The rugged location alone is well worth seeing, but be forewarned -- this place is not for everyone. The path is very rocky and can be especially rigorous on a hot day. The previous poster's admonition to wear sturdy shoes and carry water should be taken to heart. But if you are up for it, you are in for a fascinating experience.

3  Thank Surudo
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Reviewed October 2, 2008

This is a pretty interesting place to go, but not really a good place to go for a swim (which you might be thinking from some of the beach guides) - you can't even take a towel out to the water even though you can go swimming and even snorkeling in one area. However, this is a fascinating site. Definitely take a brochure/map and take a walk around. All of the old foundations from pre-Kamehameha I's days. Tells you a lot about life then even if the map is a bit hard to match up with the walk to identify different sites. Flip-flops will work but not recommended because there are some sharp rocks!

1  Thank arizona23
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Reviewed June 30, 2008

Interesting little park with self-quided walking tours of an ancient Hawaiin fishing village. Lots of excavated areas. Not very visitor friendly, though. The trail was an ankle buster with large rocks in the path and the wind was fierce. The facilities consist of portalets. My recommendation is to take some water and wear good shoes.

2  Thank DianeKY
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