Lapakahi State Historical Park, Island of Hawaii

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National Park · State Park
Lapakahi State Historical Park is a large area of ruins from an Ancient Hawaiian fishing village in the North Kohala District on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. Offshore is the Lapakahi Marine Life Conservation District.

The name lapa kahi means "single ridge" in the Hawaiian Language, and applied to the ahupuaʻa, an ancient land division that ran from the sea up to Kohala Mountain. It is located off of ʻAkoni Pule Highway (Route 270), 12.4 miles (20.0 km) north of Kawaihae, Hawaii. It is state archaeological site 10-02-2245, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 2, 1973 as site 73000654. Just to the north, Māhukona Beach Park is on a bay where raw sugar from a local sugar mill was shipped to San Francisco.
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  • There's not a lot here but a great little park to stop as you drive up. The little map shows you where to walk. There are 2 loops. one is .5-mile and the other is .03. Easy walk and interesting to...  more »
  • This is a park with it all. There is Hawaiian archaeology along with beautiful lava coastline. After you visit the interpretive site, drive on out farther on the road and take a walk on some of the...  more »
  • Very interesting walk through time. Fascinating history. A cool village at one time along the ocean shore, making fishing and harvesting a pretty reliable lifestyle I’m sure. Stone walls, old ways to launch the canoes. Remains of houses, kitchens, boat launches, and healers houses.
  • What a cool place! It's so neat to be able to learn about the ancient Hawaiians and how they lived. I lived that it was a self good tour so our family could go as slow or quickly as we wanted they the ruins. It was so interesting to learn some history about where we are.

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