On the Lava Flows the People Discovered a Spirit...

To survive in a hot and arid environment the native Hawaiians (kanaka maoli) used ancient fishing skills, including the building of fishponds, and the knowledge of the location of precious fresh water (wai) that flows into the many brackish pools throughout the park. The spirit of the people (poe) and the knowledge of the elders (kupuna) created a tradition of respect and reverence for this area. Read More

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What could of been the loss of one of Kamehamehaʻs favorite fishponds became the beginnings of a National Park. This is the story of how a wahi pana (a special, celebrated, legendary place) was saved and protected due to the numerous natural and cultural resources and the many dedicated cultural practioners and community members. This is the story of how the people "touched the spirit and felt its mana".  Today the park is a cultural "kipuka" for Hawaiians, a place of cultural and spiritual significance and renewal.

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Maiapilo (The Hawaiian Caper Plant)

Maiapilo or pua pilo is a common native plant along the park's trails. It is in the caper family and has white flowers with over 130 stamens

Picture of a drystack rock wall

Construction of Kaloko Fishpond Podcast

The Hawaiians were masters at building Fishponds and other rock structures by "dry-stacking" rocks from the area...

Coral Reef in Park with Fish Swimming

Coral Bleaching in the Pacific Podcast

Voices of Science Podcast on the threats to Reefs in the Pacific.

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Check out our Jr. and Sr. Ranger Books!

A selection of the parks different Jr and Sr Ranger Books!

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Kaloko-Honokōhau Virtual Passport Stamps

For the safety of our park visitors, we are providing downloadable park passport stamps!

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Last updated: June 29, 2020

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Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

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