On the Lava Flows the People Discovered a Spirit...

To survive in a hot and arid environment the native Hawaiians (kanaka maoli) used ancient fishing skills, including the building of fishponds, and the knowledge of the location of precious fresh water (wai) that flows into the many brackish pools throughout the park. The spirit of the people (poe) and the knowledge of the elders (kupuna) created a tradition of respect and reverence for this area. Read More

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What could've been the loss of one of Kamehamehaʻs favorite fishponds became the beginnings of a National Park. This is the story of how a "wahi pana" (a special, celebrated, legendary place) was saved and protected due to the numerous natural and cultural resources and the many dedicated cultural practitioners and community members. This is the story of how the people "touched the spirit and felt its mana". Today the park is a cultural "kipuka" for Hawaiians, a place of cultural and spiritual significance.

Kaloko kuapā (sea wall) and 'auwai (water channel) facing Hualālai Volcano

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Anchialine Pools

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Kaloko and 'Aimakapa fishponds

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The park has two unique fishponds, listen to park staff discuss how they were built and used in ancient Hawaii.

Wandering Tattler on the shoreline

Birds of Kaloko-Honokōhau

A Wandering Tattler hunts in the tidepools on the shoreline. (Photo by Mark Kimura)

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Naupaka kahakai is a flowering plant with a half flower that is common along the shoreline.

Last updated: May 30, 2021

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Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

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