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.
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he spirit of Kaloko-Honokōhau was its life, the life that flowed in its land and the water that washed upon its shore. Like Hawaiians who found its presence elsewhere, the people of Kaloko-Honokōhau let the spirit become part of their existence. They lived in such perfect harmony with it that they became a singular, total, and inseparable environment. From “The spirit of Kaloko-Honokōhau“-1974
Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park offers you the chance to enjoy and learn about the Hawaiian culture and the natural history of Hawaiʻi. There are programs and special events that are offered throughout the year.
NOTE: If you are planning a Wedding in the park or event with more than 35 people there is a special use permit required. This includes large gatherings. Unusual events or those with potential to impact park resources may require up to THREE months for review and NEPA compliance. Please Go to ‘Permits’ in the Fees & Reservations section.