• 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?

Hawaiian monk seal hauled-out on lava flats

Did you know the Hawaiian monk seal is one of only 2 mammals native to the Hawaiian Islands? These endangered seals can occasionally be sighted hauled-out and sleeping on the beaches of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park.