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“Well-preserved”

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
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Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park and Bee Farm
Ranked #8 of 138 things to do in Kailua-Kona
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

Be sure to go when the tides are low so that you can really see the walls. Plan to spend some time here if you want to see all that it has to offer: fish ponds, petroglyphs, burial sites, heiau, etc. I found it easier to park at Honokohau harbor and walk in. Closer to the sites.

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Reviewed January 6, 2014

This was a great find! We were there on 3 different days. The first time we walked the trails to see the historical aspects--including the fish traps and fish ponds. We liked the beach so well that we came back on 2 other days for that attraction. We didn't do much swimming, but you could. Every day there were sea turtles--one day we saw over 20 of them and sometimes there were tide pools with tropical fish in them. The sandy beach is long, with lava interspersed. There were people, but it wasn't crowded. People were walking, sunning, reading, swimming, looking, etc. (I'm hesitant to recommend it because I don't want it to be overrun when we return!) There are toilets in the park too--a couple not far from the beach.

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Reviewed January 4, 2014

Want a nice hike followed by checking on massive turtles in one of there favorite spots in the world. Be sure to bring a camera you'll want to use it often! The beach itself is awesome and serene. What a great place for family, couples or solos!

2  Thank R0adguy
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

Read the history of it on line. It is a free national park. You can park in the most Northwest corner of the harbor parking lot and walk into the park through a gate (really--it is ok--it is a free park). The fish trap has decent snorkeling, and it is really protected which is important for winter months with swells coming in. Super shallow. Saw lots of turtles, including one huge turtle that honestly looked like a boulder on the shore. I walked right past him without realizing it was a turtle the first time. This was a really long stretch of sand, along with some very cool history and insight into how pre-contact Hawaiian culture worked.

4  Thank Kari B
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

We saw this small patch of green on the map while driving down from the airport to Kona and decided to turn into the National Park's rather empty driveway. The lone ranger over there was excited to see us and suggested that we check out the nearby beach.
After reading about the history behind the place, we went to this small beach, which was a little spot of paradise to start our trip: clear sparking warm waters ended on a golden sandy beach replete with green sea turtles basking lazily in the sun, palm fronds swaying with the gentle breeze and nary a crowd to be found.
It was a little gem we had found!

1  Thank Sathish J
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