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
On the Lava Flows the People Discovered a Spirit...
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
Last updated: August 2, 2018