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

Capparis sandwichiana

Maiapilo (The Hawaiian Caper Plant)

Maiapilo or pua pilo is a common native plant along the park's trails. It is in the caper family and has white flowers with over 130 stamens

Colorful Hawaiian gourds (Ipu) used in old Hawai'i.

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Water pools seep through lava rock

Q & A on Water Petition

Studies related to water quality/quantity in the park are ongoing.

People unfurl a net used to catch fish in a traditional fishpond.

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Educational Programs offered at the park

Monitoring data

Inventory and Monitoring Data

Learn about Plant Communities, Benthic, Marine Fish, Climate, Anchialine Pools, Groundwater, & Water Quality.

A view of the Kaloko-Honokohau fishpond and wall

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Last updated: August 2, 2018

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