Connect with the Hawai'i of days past and enjoy the peace and serenity as you stroll along on the self-guided tour through the Royal Grounds and the Pu'uhonua. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to see many of the features that make this area such a special place. For those wanting to explore further, the backcountry trail offers a two mile round trip hike along the 1871 trail through the agricultural areas that surround the park. On this trail, you will encounter Hawaiian heiau, hōlua sled courses and the dramatic Keanae'e cliffs.
This ancient trail existed long before Europeans arrived in Hawaii and originally connected coastal villages along the South Kona Coast. In the 1800's the trail was expanded to accommodate those traveling in horse-drawn carriages.
Plan a safe and fun hike. Pick up a trail guide at the visitor center. Bring sturdy walking shoes, sunscreen and plenty of drinking water.