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Address: Highway 270 -- Akoni Pule Hwy, North Kohala, Island of Hawaii, HI
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+1 808-327-4958
08:00 - 16:00
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See the remains of a 700 year old Hawaiian Village

This little visited village is located about a half hour from Kawaihae. There are two loop trails, the main trail is 0.5 miles and you can see remains of a canoe enclosure (Halau... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2017
Kathleen H
Honolulu, Hawaii
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New York City, New York
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

We visited Lapakahi State Historical Park on 1-4-17. It was very isolated and off the beaten path. There is a visitor’s center with no park ranger on staff. There is a self-guided walking tour, which we partially completed and was interesting. We just wish there was staff available for questions about the park.

Thank stm2014
Honolulu, Hawaii
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133 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017

This little visited village is located about a half hour from Kawaihae. There are two loop trails, the main trail is 0.5 miles and you can see remains of a canoe enclosure (Halau Wa'a) salt making pans, a reconstructed house site (Hale) Konane (checkers) board, and an offering stone (Ku'ula). There is also a secondary trail (0.3 miles) with additional... More 

Thank Kathleen H
Chicago, Illinois
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215 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

I imagine that once this is made into a National Park (it's going to happen) it will get some needed cleanup and support that it truly deserves. A wonderful ancient village so visitors can stroll and learn about life before European influence. You MUST get a flyer at the start of the walk so you know what you are looking... More 

Thank Jeff P
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Decided to drive to Hawi and visit one of the national state parks. The drive there was scenic and beautiful. Easy drive. This park is a 600+ year old fishing village. Lots of history and things to see. Just the whole thought of how the Hawaiian natives lived off the land and sea is super interesting. The village looks out... More 

Thank foodlover4ever1991
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Beautiful location with ample car parking available. Good self guided tour through the remains of an 800 year old Hawaiian village. There was a ranger onsite to answer any questions. Children loved exploring this site, well worth having a break from the car to visit

Thank Julie D
Saint Louis, Missouri
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016

Was here many years ago. Good snorkeling place, as long as the waves aren't too bad. Need to bring your own gear. No need for a boat to take you to a reef. Just walk into the water off the beach.

Thank kicks3333
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

We stopped at Lapakahi State Historical Park during a day trip to Hawi. Aside from being situated in a beautiful setting along the northwest coast of the "Big Island", the park provided an interesting perspective on early life on the island. For me, I always find it fascinating how people used native materials to construct homes and other structures related... More 

Thank Phil K
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

Lapakahi State Historical Park is not to be missed for anyone with an appreciation and a great imagination of the past. You start in a clean welcoming parking lot where you can pick up a brochure for this self guided tour. As you walk the well marked path the village from 600 years comes to life and it's not hard... More 

Thank bandmdunkley
Sausalito, California
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86 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

Good stop if you are heading up to Hawi, Polulu Valley Lookout. Takes about 30 to 45 minutes to Fully view Interesting Ancient Hawaiian Fishing village. Stay on trails , footpaths, etc. MANY BIG LAVA ROCKS so always have a good pair of walking shoes in car when visiting the Big Island Respect sacred Hawaiian sites or you will piss... More 

Thank WorldTravelerAtoZ
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108 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

The park is free of charge. You can do a self-guided tour with the free map they provide. As you walk the trails, there are numbers on the features being displayed. The map has an explanation of what you are looking at. There weren't a lot of people there so it was nice to just be able to sit and... More 

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