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Kaloko-Honokohua National Historical Park Loop

Hawaii > The Big Island > Kailua Kona
Length4 mi
Elev. Gain160 ft
Difficulty3 / 5
Rating10 / 10
The trail loops through a number of interesting trails in the Kaloko-Honokohua National Historical Park. There are a number of interesting archaeological spots along this trail. The trail starts over old lava and then it enters the beach. At the second beach cut-off, you will find a 100-foot long rectangular formation of lava rocks. Next, along the trail you will come across the Petroglyphs and a Heiau, or temple.

Next, you will come across the visitor center, built on the flow of the 8,271 foot high volcano. The Mamalahoa Trail comes next, which is a completely straight and uneventful trail. This was an old mule highway. After half a mile of walk through the heat you should turn off at the Mamalahoa, into the Ala Nui Kaloko trail.

Soon after this, you will reach a stone enclosure that was probably used by ancient Hawaiians to produce some crop. Next in the trail, you will come across the Kaloko Fishpond, from where you will pass the Ala Huehue Trail, to reach another fishpond - the Aimakapa Fishpond.

The trail then runs along a low seawall to reach the Honokohau Beach and then Alopio Fishtrap and finally another Heiau - the Puuoina Heiau, from where you can walk back to the parking lot.

Best time to go
Throughout the year - Before 10 am or after 4 pm


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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
19° 40.265' N
156° 1.415' W

Driving Directions:
To reach the trail head, you need to drive 1 mile north of Kailua Kona on Highway 19 and take a left on Kealakehe Parkway. Take another right on the boat access road and park at the gravel lot.
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Weather Report for Kailua Kona, HI
Mostly clear. Haze. Lows around 69 at the shore to around 54 at 5000 feet. South winds up to 10 mph.
Temperature: 66.0° F
Relative Humidity: 83%
Pressure: 29.99"
Dew Point: 60.8° F

Winds from the SE at 1.3 mph gusting to 2.5 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:49 AM
Sunset: 5:46 PM
Weather reported from Paniolo Estates, Waikoloa Village, HI (KHIWAIKO9)
Sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Haze in the morning. Highs around 83 at the shore to around 69 at 5000 feet. West winds up to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows around 69 at the shore to around 50 at 5000 feet. Light winds. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Sunny in the morning, then partly sunny with isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 66 to 84. Light winds becoming west up to 10 mph with gusts to 30 mph in the late morning and early afternoon, then shifting to the north with gusts to 25 mph late in the afternoon. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly clear. Lows 49 to 68. Light winds becoming east up to 10 mph in the late evening and overnight. Gusts up to 25 mph.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:08 AM
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