State Parks on the Island of Hawaii

Akaka Falls State Park

End of Akakas Fall Road (Highway 220), 3.6 miles southwest of Honomu.

Pleasant self-guided walk through lush tropical vegetation and to scenic vista points overlooking the cascading Kahuna Falls and the free-falling Akaka Falls which plunges 442 feet into a stream-eroded gorge. The 0.4-mile loop footpath requires some physical exertion.

65.4 acres

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

On Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Highway 19), 2.3 miles south of Kawaihae.

Landscaped beach park with swimming during clam seas, bodysurfing during periods of shore breaks, sunbathing and other beach-related activities, picnicking and shelter lodging opportunities. Dangerous rip currents and pounding shore breaks during periods of high surf! Waves over 3 feet high are for experts--all other should stay out of the water and away from the shoreline!

Lifeguard services.

61.8 acres

Kalopa State Recreation Area

At 2000 feet elevation at end of Kalopa Road, 3 miles inland from Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 19); 5 miles southeast of Honokaa.

Lodging, picnicking and easy family nature hike (0.7-mile loop trail) in a native ohia forest; beginnings of an arboretum of the Island's native plants. Additional trails in the adjoining forest reserve, including a 2-mile horse loop trail.

100.0 acres

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

In Napoopoo at end of Beach Road off Government Road from Puuhonua Road (Highway 160) or Lower Government Road from Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 11) at Captain Cook or Keei Junction.

Viewing of Hikiau Heiau--the place of worship where priests offered reverence to Captain Cook in 1779, believing that he was the god Lono returning to them as promised. Panoramic view of Kealakekua Bay. Lifeguard services during weekends at Napoopoo Beach

4.0 acres

Kealakekua Bay State Underwater Park

Access by sea or from Napoopoo Beach on Beach Road off Government Road from Puuhonua Road (Highway 160)or Lower Government Road from Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 11) at Captain Cook or Keei Junction.

The bay provides opportunities for snorkelers, SCUBA divers, and glass bottom boaters (commercial tours out of Kailua-Kona and Keauhou) to observe the marine life in this relatively pristine underwater habitat. Rich in coral and fish display. Fishing re strictions. No unauthorized anchoring or mooring.

315.0 acres

Kilauea State Recreation Area

At 3700 feet elevation on Kalanikoa Street off Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 11), 29 miles from Hilo or 1/2 mile east of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Set in a native ohia-tree fern forest, the lone housekeeping cabin provides an opportunity for quiet relaxation and to take in the wonders of Kilauea Volcano at the nearby Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

7.3 acres

Kohala Historical Sites State Monument

On coastal dirt road off Upolu Airport road from Akoni Pule Highway (Highway 270), 1.6 miles southwest of Upolu Airport.

Viewing of Mookini Heiau and Kamehameha I Birthsite. The heiau, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the most famous sacrificial temples on the island. The birthsite is a memorial to Hawaii's greatest king who united all the island chiefdoms into a kingdom.

6.7 acres

Lapakahi State Historical Park

On Akoni Pule Highway (Highway 270), 12.4 miles north of Kawaihae.

Re-enactment of the early Hawaiian life of the common people through cultural demonstrations of daily activities, story telling, and self-guided walk through the partially restored remains of this ancient Hawaiian coastal settlement. Nearby ocean waters comprise a marine preserve with various activities regulated. Park gate open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

262.0 acres

Lava Tree State Monument

Off Pahoa-Pohoiki Road (Highway 132), 2.7 miles southeast of Pahoa.

Viewing of an excellent example of a forest of lave trees. This unusual volcanic feature is the result of a lava flow that swept through this forested area and left behind lava molds of the tree trunks. Picnicking opportunities. No drinking water.

17.1 acres

MacKenzie State Recreation Area

On Kalapana-Kapono Beach Road (Highway 132), 9 miles northeast of Kaimu.

Low cliffed, wild volcanic coastline with picnicking and tent camping in a ironwood grove. Good shore fishing. Old Hawaiian coastal trail traverses the park. No drinking water.

13.1 acres

Manuka State Wayside

On Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 11), 19.3 miles west of Naalehu.

A place for the touring public to stop and rest and to picnic among a collection of native and introduced trees. Open shelter camping. No drinking water.

13.4 acres

Mauna Kea State Recreation Area

At 6500 feet elevation on Saddle Road

(Highway 200), 35.1 miles west of downtown Hilo. (Note: Car rental companies may prohibit or impose conditions for use of their U-drives on the Saddle Road.)

Shrub land picnicking and lodging opportunities. Good views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Pig, sheep and bird hunting nearby. Dry and clear weather with cold nights. Periodic military maneuvers nearby may disrupt the peace and quiet of the area.

20.5 acres

Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area

End of Kuakini Highway (Highway 11), Kailua-Kona.

Beach park with picnicking, surfing, tidepooling, shore and spear fishing and other beach-related activities; lifeguard services. Special events pavilion for rental. Park gate, which fronts the old runway, is closed each evening at 8:00 p.m.

103.7 acres

Wailoa River State Recreation Area

Banks of Wailoa River, downtown Hilo; parking at end of Piilani Street and visitor center access road off Pauahi Street.

Pleasure walking, quiet relaxation, informal games and events, picnicking, and boat fishing are provided for in this landscaped park set around a spring-fed estuary. Boat ramp provided. Fishing restrictions. Information services and cultural displays at Wailoa Center.

131.9 acres

Wailuku River State Park

Off Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo; Boiling Pots Area at end of Peepee Falls Drive; Rainbow Falls Area on Rainbow Drive.

Viewpoints of geologic and scenic interests along Wailuku River. Boiling Pots is a succession of big pools connected by underground flow or cascades and whose waters roll and bubbles as if boiling; the well-exposed hexagonal columns that line the pools were formed by the slow cooling of basalt lavas. The 80-foot Rainbow F alls is renown for the rainbow formed from its mist many mornings; legends say that the cave beneath the waterfall was the home of Hina, mother of the demigod Maui.

16.3 acres

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