Lapakahi State Historical Park, Hawi

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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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  • Such an informative site to visit. Make sure you grab a brochure at the map sign. It explains each of the sites. There is a small snorkel beach there as well with beautiful fish. It is right off.....  more
    Such an informative site to visit. Make sure you grab a brochure at the map sign. It explains each of the sites. There is a small snorkel beach there as well with beautiful fish. It is right off.....  more »
  • We accidentally came across this area while driving along the northwestern coastline of the Big Island and we were really glad that we stopped and checked out this area. It was once an ancient... 
    We accidentally came across this area while driving along the northwestern coastline of the Big Island and we were really glad that we stopped and checked out this area. It was once an ancient...  more »
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  • Low key, no crowds, no entrance fee. Great little diversion to experience while taking a drive along the western coast. Has some historic buildings, trails and great ocean views. The signage here is really cute and well done, someone put some love into this place.
  • What a gem! Really gives you a feel for old Hawaii! This is my knew favorite place in the world! If you plan right (don't wear sunscreen and bring only microfiber beach towels) you are allowed to snorkel! Not a beginner site for snorkeling to be sure. It is a challenging entry, but well worth it for the confident and experienced individual.

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