Over 180 species of plants can be found along the trails and coastlines. The plants found in the park have varied life histories. Some evolved in Hawaii, adapting to life in our isolated island chain. Others were brought to Hawaii by the first Polynesians to arrive here, providing them with the plants needed for food, medicine and clothing. Still other more recent introductions are out-competing our native flora, and posing a threat to our archeological treasures.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the ki'i (carved wooden images) found throughout the park are carved from the ohia tree? This tree grows in the uplands of Hawai'i and is among the first plants to colonize new lava flows.