Lapakahi State Historical Park

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Lapakahi is located north of Kawaihae, and was once an ancient Hawaiian fishing village.  This fine historical Park offers lessons in Hawaiian history and archaeology as well as a fine marine preserve to explore. Just a short walk North lies Mahukona State Park, a favorite swimming and snorkeling spot, complete with barbeque pits, toilets, showers and camping (by permit).  It is a short hike from the parking lot to this cove surrounded by white rocks and calcified corals.  Snorkeling is good in and around the cove with plenty of fish to see.  There is never a crowd at Lapakahi.

In addition to a scenic beach and snorkeling, Lapakahi State Historical Park offers a glimpse of replicas of native Hawaiian cultural items, such as old huts and ruins of building foundations-possibly of temples (heiaus).  Lapakahi State Historical Park is the archaeological site of the remains of a traditional Hawaiian fishing community.  A self-guided tour takes visitors to house sites and a canoe halau (long house); runs through a game area where visitors can try spear throwing, ‘ulu maika (disc rolling) and konane (checkers); and leads to a fishing shrine and salt pans along the rocky shoreline.  Open daily 0800-1600.  View map of Lapakahi.  Lapakahi is located about 14 miles north of Kawaihae on Route 270.

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