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Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Free admission
Kaloko-Honokohau, Kalaoa, HI, 96740

The Basics

More than just the beaches and hiking trails, the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park is as an outdoor museum of Hawaiian archaeology. You can visit on your own to see sacred temples, petroglyphs, and the historic fishponds that sustained previous generations, or join a guided tour. Many tours include stops at the park alongside other Kona attractions, such as coffee plantations, breweries, and even a bee farm.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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Historical Tour of Kona
Kathy, Sep 2021
Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm
Great trip. Dreu was very great! He has a lot of good information on all the places he took us. Dreu. This was a very fun turn. Kathy
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Do not miss this tour!
MaryAnne_C, Sep 2021
Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm
Dreu was the beat tour guide we have ever had. He was super accommodating and made sure everyone was having maximum fun. His knowledge of the Big Island was beyond amazing. What a great tour! Highly recommend this one!
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Tree best words for Drue Tour
Erik_P, Sep 2021
Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm
We had Dreu and he has gone to great lengths to educate himself about the entire tour, so he can share a fountain of details that made this tour the best I’ve had anywhere! He thought about taking care of us with knowledge that would take years to acquire, but his “Tree” best qualities were patience, passion and drive for making his version of the tour the most memorable and rewarding to us!
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Excellent details
Sue_O, Feb 2020
Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm
Dreu was an outstanding guide. He provided an enormous amount of interesting detail about the geology and history of this island.
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Nice Tour
Jay S, Jun 2019
Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm
Everything was great, Tour guide was nice and this was like a something new to us, me and my family enjoy,
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Our tour experience was spectacular...
John W, Jun 2017
Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm
Our tour experience was spectacular, especially because of our tour guide Kai. He provided so much extra information about the Big Island and historical events that it made the tour come alive. We enjoyed the places we visited, but the tour commentary is what made the trip complete. It was also really great that we almost had a personal tour because there were only four of us in the van. By the way, did I happen to mention that Kai was great!
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Very good tour - a lot depends on...
John D, Jan 2017
Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm
Very good tour - a lot depends on the weather- since part of the tour gets close to Hilo where it almost always rains everyday.
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Trip was excellent--docent was very...
Glenn W J, Nov 2015
Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm
Trip was excellent--docent was very knowledgeable about all we saw. Went out of his way to provide for wants/wishes of those on trip.
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Nick was our guide/driver who was...
Charles F, Jan 2016
Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm
Nick was our guide/driver who was very personable and knowledgeable. Enjoyed the National Park - Royal Grounds most of all - lot of history and Nick was certainly able to explain it. Saw turtles sunning on the beach as well. Thanks Nick for a great day and the lunch!
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Guide was very knowledgeable, nice...
Mary Beth M, Nov 2015
Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm
Guide was very knowledgeable, nice, caring, polite. Enjoyed it a lot.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The historical park is a great stop for history buffs and nature lovers.

  • Be respectful of the park’s cultural and religious significance.

  • Park amenities are limited, so bring your own food and water.

  • The park is free to enter, and camping is not allowed.

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How to Get There

Located off Highway 19 between Kona International Airport and downtown Kona, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park is an easy drive, bus ride, or bicycle trip for those arriving on the island or basing out of Kona. If you are staying outside Kona, consider visiting the park on a group tour.

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When to Get There

The Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park visitor center is open from 8:30am to 4pm daily, and vehicle access to the park is open from 8am to 5pm. If you want to have the park to yourself, visit outside of the normal park hours. When the vehicle gate is closed, follow the road past the Honokohau Marina and to the Kona Sailing Club where you can take a short trail into the park.

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Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Visitors to the park frequently spot green sea turtles (honu) sleeping on Honokohau Beach, basking in the lava flats, and swimming offshore. The turtles come to the shoreline to feed on the seaweed and the algae that grows on the lava flats. Low tide is the best time to observe the turtles. Just remember, these sea turtles are federally protected and must be enjoyed from a distance of at least 15 feet (4.5 meters).

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