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.
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