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

    Kaloko-Honokōhau

    National Historical Park Hawai'i

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  • Mauka-Makai Trail From Visitor Center to 'Ai'opio Fishtrap Closed Aug 11-22nd

    Due to the unforeseen weather conditions of Hurricane Iselle, the trail maintenance project will be extended an additional week from Aug 18-22nd. Please contact the Park Visitor Center at (808) 326-9057 for additional information.

Polynesian Plants

coconut
The coconut was the most significant of Polynesian introduced plants.
Bryan Harry photo
 

When the first Polynesians came to Hawaii, they brought with them the plants and animals they would need to make a start in the new world. In the park you can spot the shiny-leafed noni, with its pale yellow fruit. Noni was used as a tonic to treat many different ailments.

You may also notice several stone planters found around the Hale Ho'okipa Visitor Contact Station. In this dry land, the planters were used to raise crops. The stone walls protected the plants from the wind and coconut husks soaked in water were placed around the growing plants to keep the soil moist. Imagine bringing your plants needed for food and medicine across the Pacific and nurturing them in such a hot and dry place.

Did You Know?

lauhala tree

Did you know the leaves from the puhala tree are collected, stripped and woven into bowls, baskets and mats.