Located a short, 30-minute drive from your accommodations at Mauna Lani Point, Lapakahi State Historical Park is a must-see during your Hawaiian vacation. The beautiful scenery and historical setting will transport you back in time. Here are a few of our favorite activities in Lapakahi State Historical Park, as well as directions on how to get there from your villas at Mauna Lani Point.
Explore the Ruins of an Ancient Fishing Village
Lapakahi State Historical Park is the site of an ancient fishing settlement. The partially restored ruins are over 600 years old. You can take a one mile walk through the Lapakahi Village interpretive trail, which winds along the rocky coast, through the enormous park (it is over 262 acres). Along the way, you’ll see lava stone walls, and restored houses (called hale). As you take the self-guided tour, you’ll get a glimpse into what life was like 600 years ago for Native Hawaiians. You may also spot humpback whales in the water along the trail!
Explore the Marine Life Conservation District
Located just off the shore is the Marine Life Conservation District of Lapakahi. Koai’e Cove is a rough, coral beach that provides access to the water (although swimming is discouraged). The water is teeming with marine life: nearly all nearshore specious typical of the area are represented. And, in the winter months, you may be able to spot humpback whales just off the coast!
What Visitors Have to Say about the Park
Everyone who has reviewed the park has enjoyed their visit: One reviewer says it is a “very special place.” Another says he felt like he had “stumbled upon a hidden gem.” When you visit, you’ll get a glimpse of an ancient culture, and be able to see what life was like in Hawaii in the 1300’s, when the village was founded.
Getting to Lapakahi State Historical Park
If you are staying at Mauna Lani Point, it is a very short drive to the park. You’ll need to leave the resort and head north on HI 270.
When you visit Lapakahi State Historical Park, you won’t be treated to the luxury of Hawaii. Instead, you’ll get a glimpse into what life was like for native Hawaiians fishing along the rocky coast. This short drive and walk will help you feel as if you are living on the island 600 years ago!