Everyone seems to know about Volcano National Park, but ask locals and tourists alike about Kaloko-Honokohau National Park and, even if you pronounce it correctly you're likely to get get blank stares. Nestled between Honokohau Marina and the the Kona airport this small National Park is an absolute must see.
The visitor center is located right of of 19/11 with easy parking. For those you who collect passport stamps there were quite a few extras including a turtle stamp. This park participates in he Junior Ranger program.
The main trail down to the beach was under construction we we drove down to the marina and "hiked" in from a marked "K" gate. I put "hiked" in quotes because it's well marked, flat, sandy trail, is more a apt to be described as strolling than hiking.
There's actual several beach parts of the park, but the fish pools and sea turtles are the main attractions. The turtles were amazing and plentiful.
You should give yourself at least 1 to 2 hours if you drive and 2-3 hours if you take the path from the visitor center.
It's also a great place to lay out at the beach and it's not crowded at all, in fact, no one seems to know about it!
It's a worthwhile stop!
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