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“Really interesting”

Lapakahi State Historical Park
Kenwood, California
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133 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Really interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

This is an interesting glimpse into Hawaiian culture. A brochure is available at the tiny visitor center, even if no one is there. The brochure describes 20 numbered sites in the ruins of this large village and explains some of the plants and fruits found here. It's a special place for anyone interested in history or people who just want to learn more about Hawaiian culture.

Visited November 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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“Another site to learn about Hawaiian history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

Another interesting historical site we visited at BI.
The visitor center has a free trail guide around the ruin of old Hawaiian fishing village. It's pretty much self-guided tour on unshaded and unpaved trail.
Do bring bottled waters and shades.
The sun can be very unrelenting despite the beautiful view of the Pacific ocean. On a clear day, you would be able to view the outline of Haleakala Mountain of Maui.
The park closes at 4 PM.

Visited September 2012
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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272 reviews
190 attraction reviews
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“Lovely coastal historical Park - hot and sunny”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2012

Being a history buff, I enjoyed visiting this state park on the north western shore of the Big Island -- that being said I had to shorten my visit because the rest of my group was less than excited about the self guided walking tour , the sun, heat and lack of shade. There are some ruins to see, a few semi reconstructed hales , and really pretty views of a wild coast line. There was no ranger or park employee around when we got there; the bathroom is a portapotty, but clean. I enjoyed reading the brochure but would have liked to talk to a park ranger or something while there just for more information. I guess they are suffering budget cuts and might not be able to have an employee on site all the time. We took some really pretty pictures of the surf and ocean here. There are supposed to be lots of octopus in the cove. My guide book said snorkeling is good here but it looked pretty rough and I hear the park personnel ( if they are around) discourage it. I think it is worth a stop if you are traveling up to the Kohala coast for the day, but probably not worth a special trip. We had seen the wonderful site of the PuUhono no O Honau nau where the royalty lived, and I thought it would be fun to see where common people lived just for comparison. I personally got a lot out of it. Younger kids or young teens might be bored. Paths were steep in some places and rocky so those with mobility issues would be challenged.

Visited July 2012
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Vienna, West Virginia
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78 reviews
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“Historic Hawaii in a remote, yet beautiful, setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2012

We stopped by Lapakahi State Historical Park on a sunny afternoon in May. This park is much more primitive than Pu`ukohola National Historic Park near Kawaihae, but that was fitting for what we were experiencing. We really enjoyed learning about the history and culture of a primitive coastal community, and feel this was a worthwhile stop. We were the only visitors at the time. There was no drinking water available.There was a small visitors building, the door left wide open, with some displays about the park. A park employee within this structure offered us a paper map showing the park trail, which allows for a self-guided tour of the ancient settlement. You will need this map in order to understand what you are viewing. We don't remember seeing official printed markers along the trail; instead you will look for numbers, and then refer to the paper map for details. The footpath takes you over a variety of uneven terrain, sometimes climbing over tree roots, as you head down to the water's edge. We had no problem navigating this, but it would be a challenge for people with mobility issues. Make sure to wear sensible walking shoes and sunscreen, bring something cool to drink, and go in the morning. Most of the time, we walked in bright sunshine (shade was minimal); the heat and lack of drinking water caused us to shorten our tour.

Visited May 2012
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Detroit, MI
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46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 29, 2012

This is definitely one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen, and the pieces of history you see and learn about on the hike are incredible.

The hike is fairly easy and accessible. We missed the park driving down the highway the first time riding past - so keep a lookout. It's definitely worth the trip!

Visited February 2012
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