Kiʻilae Village offers a glimpse into the past, when Hawaiʻi was changing rapidly, but still supported traditional aspects of daily life. With the arrival of Europeans in the Hawaiian Islands, many things changed. New plants and animals were introduced and settlements began moving away from the coastal villages to the more fertile uplands and larger harbor cities. What remains in Kiʻilae today are abandoned house sites, agricultural features, animal pens, and salt vats that can be seen from more recent times.
Getting to Kiʻilae village requires hiking approximately one mile on the 1871 Trail. While the hike is relatively short and mostly flat, the trail takes you through rough, uneven lava rock, so please be prepared. Bring water, sun protection, and sturdy shoes. If you plan to hike on the 1871 trail to Kiʻilae Village, please stop by the Visitor Center to pick up the Kiʻilae Village & 1871 Trail Guide. For more information on hiking the 1871 Trail visit the Hiking page.
Last updated: April 28, 2020