Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why was the park created?
2. How can we get to the beach?
The beach can be accessed via a 20 minute trail that begins at the visitor center or by taking a 5 minute walk from the entrance next to Honokohau Harbor. See directions and map sections for more information.
3. Where can we see the sea turtles?
Sea turtles can often be seen basking on the lava flats or swimming offshore at Honokohau Beach. Should you encounter a sea turtle, remember they are protected by federal laws and that you remain at least 15' away and not disturb them.
4. Where can we see the petroglyphs?
Petroglyphs can be viewed along the berm area just inside the park by the Honokohau Harbor entrance. Check with the rangers to see if a petroglyph walk is scheduled during your visit to the park.
5. How old is the lava flow and where did it come from?
The lava in the park is between 10,000 - 1,500 years old. The lava originated from eruptions of Hualalai, the volcano found behind the town of Kailua-Kona. This volcano last erupted in 1801.
Did You Know?
Did you know, the coconut tree was an extremely important resource brought to Hawaii by the early Polynesians. It was a source of food and water, used for building homes and rope making, and was also a musical instrument. Cutting down the coconut grove of another was considered an act of war.