Things To Know Before You Come
The wheelchairs are available at the visitor center during the operating hours of the visitor center (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) and are free of charge. The chairs have large tires for easy maneuverability through the sand but require the assistance of another person to guide and push the chair.
For Your Safety
Walking along the rocky coastline or accessing the tidepools can be physically challenging. The lava rocks are uneven, loose and are sometimes wet and slippery. Wear sturdy shoes and use common sense.
The ocean can be unpredictable. Please obey any warnings that may be posted due to high surf, winds, or other dangers. Eels, which may bite and sea urchins that sting, live in the ocean and are sometimes found in the tidepools. Know these animals and respect their habitats.
The nearest hospital is located in Kealakekua, approximately 8 miles north of the park on Hwy 11.
The weather in the park is typically hot and sunny with daytime temperatures in the upper 80's. An excellent time to experience the park is in the morning and in the late afternoon when the temperatures are a bit cooler. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. until sunset. However the park does occasionally close because of high winds or dangerous storm conditions. Please check with the visitor center or your hotel for any weather advisories or hazardous conditions on the day of your visit.
There is no lodging available in the park and camping is not permitted. Several Bed & Breakfasts are located within Honaunau and neighboring towns. Hotels may be found in Kailua-Kona, approximately 1/2 hour from the park. For near-by camping facilities contact the County of Hawai'i Camping Reservation Site.
WHERE TO EAT
NEW FEDERAL LAW ON FIREARMS
“For nearly 100 years, the mission of the National Park Service has been to protect and preserve the parks and to help all visitors enjoy them,” National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said. “We will administer this law as we do all others – fairly and consistently.”
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park.
As a starting point, visit the State of Hawai‘i's website: Hawaii Revised Statutes Title 10 Chapter 134 - Firearms, Ammunition and Dangerous Weapons
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the area east of the Keone'ele Cove known as Kauwalomālie was the location of a historic and fateful meeting, in 1782, between Kamehameha and his cousin Kīwala‘ō? At the time, Kīwala'ō was the ruling heir to the kingdom following the death of his father Kalani'ōpu‘u. According to traditional accounts, it was during an awa ceremony when Kīwala'ō passed the awa prepared by Kamehameha to one of his favorite chiefs, instead of honoring Kamehameha with the first drink. This event set the stage for the power struggle that ensued between them.