Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why was the park created?

Established in 1978 for the preservation, protection and interpretation of traditional native Hawaiian activities and culture, Kaloko-Honokohau NHP is an 1160 acre park full of incredible cultural and historical significance. It is the site of an ancient Hawaiian settlement which encompasses portions of four different ahupua'a, or traditional sea to mountain land divisions. Resources include fishponds, kahua (house site platforms), ki'i pohaku (petroglyphs), ancient trails and heiau (religious site).

2. How can we get to the beach?

The beach can be accessed via a 20 minute trail that begins at the visitor center or by taking a 5 minute walk from the entrance next to Honokohau Harbor. See directions and map sections for more information.

3. Where can we see the sea turtles?

Sea turtles can often be seen basking on the lava flats or swimming offshore at Honokohau Beach. Should you encounter a sea turtle, remember they are protected by federal laws and that you remain at least 20' away and not disturb them.

4. Where can we see the petroglyphs?

Petroglyphs (Ki'i Pohaku) can be viewed by walking to the Petroglyph boardwalk, a 10-15 minute hike from the visitor center on the way to the beach. Best viewing times are early in the morning orjust before sunset.

5. How old is the lava flow and where did it come from?

The lava in the park is between 10,000 - 1,500 years old. The lava originated from eruptions of Hualalai, the volcano found behind the town of Kailua-Kona. This volcano last erupted in 1801.

Last updated: January 3, 2020

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