• Kaloko fishpond wall is over 800 ft long and spans a natural cove


    National Historical Park Hawai'i


banded coral shrimp
Banded coral shrimp are colorful residents of the park's tide pools.
Bryan Harry photo

The invertebrates found in our park come in an amazing variety of shapes and sizes! Hermit crabs and snails abound in the rocky tidepool areas. The coral polyps live together in colonies joining together to make the coral reefs. Reef inhabitants include sea cucumbers, sea urchins and sea slugs. In the anchialine ponds, tiny red shrimp can be found grazing on algae. Above you, butterflies, dragonflies and other insects fly through the air. All of the different habitats in the park have some type of invertebrate living there.

Did You Know?

konane game board with lava and coral game pieces

Did you know the game of Konane is similar to checkers in the way the pieces are moved on the game board and similar to chess in that the winner is the player who is able to make the final move. Chiefs would sometimes use the game to settle disputes.