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“National Historical Site Theme: Fishing.”

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
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Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park and Bee Farm
Ranked #8 of 136 things to do in Kailua-Kona
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Reviewed July 30, 2014

There are three national historical sites on the west coast of the Big Island, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau, Kaloko-Honokohau, and Pu'ukohola Heiau. Kaloko-Honokohau National Park is between the other two and was the hottest. There's a small visitor center and a trail down to the ocean, passing by a small loop of petroglyphs. Once at the ocean, if you head north, you'll pass by two fish ponds. Walk near the the top of the beach as to not to miss the first pond. Nearer to the marina there are two fish traps and ruins. We saw three turtles while we were there. Free to enter.

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Reviewed July 23, 2014

We went there to complete the Junior Ranger Program, and this was the least impressive of the 5 National parks on the Big Island. The fish ponds have pretty much degraded into a regular looking pond, and we discovered this after a long walk along rocks and then sandy beach to find the pond. We did see a few sea turtles, a consolation for the now tired kids. Not a well visited park.

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Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

While driving down to Kona from Hilo we saw the National Park sign and decided to stop because we have one of the Passports were we get the stamps. The building seemed pretty new and a Ranged meet us immediately. He was very nice and after giving us a a brief history lesson, he told us about the beach with all the sea turtles. To get the beach we drove just down the road to the marina and then we took a short walk to the beach. There was a nice tree for shade and few people there. The area was great for snorkeling because there was an old breaker wall in the water that the Hawaiian used. As the tide began to come in more and more turtles can in. We must have seen 30 turtles. The best part was when we were snorkeling a turtle came up and swan right next to us.

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Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is such a fun little gem of a place! The trail in from the harbor takes you right to the beach where there are swimming and sunning turtles. The water is warm and easy to get in. There are fun black crabs on the exposed black rocks at low tide. There is a pit toilet that is really clean and has hand sanitizer near the beach. Totally worth a stop!

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Reviewed July 5, 2014

We stopped at this park on the way to the Kailua-Kona airport because we had an extra bit of time to waste. What we found was a visitor center with both a ranger and a volunteer to answer questions and hand out maps, very nice trails, and a beach with turtles just laying there. The day we went was VERY hot, but the water was inviting, there were only small groups of families and there were restrooms close by. We were surprised at how wonderful this park was. This is also a site filled with Native Hawaiian culture and the evidence is plainly marked and maintained. I'd happily return to this beach and park.

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