Inventory & Monitoring at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park

For generations the coral reefs and bays of Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park on the western shore of Hawai‘i Island have been and continue to be, used for fishing and traditional aquaculture. The park protects cultural legacies such as two fishponds and a fish trap built by Hawaiians many generations ago. Brackish water ecosystems called anchialine pools dot the lava fields, and coral reefs lie just off the shoreline.

View weather conditions at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park.

What's Monitored Here

  • An anchialine pool that is monitored at Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park
    Anchialine Pool Monitoring

    Anchialine pools are unique brackish water environments that form in lava fields near the ocean.

  • Vibrant coral reef at War in the Pacific National Historical Park
    Benthic Marine Communities

    Four parks within the Pacific Island Network contain rich benthic marine communities that are home to algae, corals, and other invertebrates

  • Plant community in American Memorial Park
    Focal Terrestrial Plant Communities

    Long-term vegetation monitoring helps us determine plant community health, ecosystem stability, and the effectiveness of management

  • NPS staff and USGS partner assessing groundwater well at American Memorial Park
    Groundwater Dynamics

    In many Pacific islands, groundwater is the primary source of water for ecologically significant and often rare habitats

  • On of many anchialine pools and cultural sites at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park with dev
    Landscape Dynamics

    Landscape dynamics monitoring in parks provides information on land use and land cover change

  • Pennant bannerfish (Heniochus chrysostomus) observed on a coral reef in National Park of American Sa
    Marine Fish Communities

    Marine fish are a major component of coral reef ecosystems and serve many ecological functions

  • Fresh water quality monitoring in a stream in Haleakalā National Park
    Fresh & Brackish Water Quality

    Fresh and brackish water quality monitoring occurs in places like streams and anchialine pools

  • Marine water quality performed at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park
    Marine Water Quality

    The quality of surface waters, marine waters, and groundwater is fundamental to the ecosystems across the Pacific islands

Monitoring marine communities
Reports & Publications

PACN I&M Inventory and Monitoring Reports, Protocols, and Articles from Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park

Measuring a pipiwai in an anchialine pool at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park
Natural & Cultural Resources Studies

Reports, data, and other published studies pertaining to the natural and cultural resources at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park

Discovering species in our parks
Park Species List

Discovering species in our parks

Poster of the value of, and threats to, groundwater at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park
The value of, and threats to, groundwater at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park.  Click on image to download a PDF version of the full size poster.

Last updated: December 21, 2023