Connect with the Hawaii of days past and enjoy the peace and serenity as you stroll along on the self-guided tour through the Royal Grounds and the Pu'uhonua. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to see many of the features that make this area such a special place. For those wanting to explore further, the backcountry trail offers a 2 mile round trip hike along the 1871 trail through the agricultural areas that surround the park. On this trail, you will encounter Hawaiian heiau, holua sled courses and the dramatic Keanae'e cliffs.
This ancient trail existed long before Europeans arrived in Hawaii and originally connected coastal villages along the South Kona Coast. In the 1800's the trail was expanded to accommodate those traveling in horse-drawn carriages.
Plan a safe and fun hike. Bring sturdy walking shoes, sunscreen and plenty of water.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the ki'i (carved wooden images) found throughout the park are carved from the 'ōhi'a tree? This tree grows in the uplands of Hawai'i and is among the first plants to colonize new lava flows.