The first destination of Day 4 was Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, which was just south of Kona Airport. It is home to two beaches, three fish ponds, archaeological sites, and the most important thing: sea turtles!
What We Did
We first stopped at the visitor center. There were trails from the center to Ai’opio Beach but we decided to skip it due to the heat. We drove to the harbour to the south and accessed the beach from there.
After a few minutes of walking, we saw a huge area of shallow water and rocks. Then, I spotted some sea turtles resting on rocks and some were in the water. I was so excited! Finally! We visited so many beaches on Day 3 but didn’t see any.
There were more than turtles, but I wasn’t aware. There are two fish ponds. Aimakapa Fishpond is right by the beach, and Aiopio Fish Trap is at the very south. There are also a thatched roof heiau and a small cove close by.
I now regret that we didn’t explore the beach thoroughly. Next time I will try my best to see all of them and hope that the weather is not too hot.
Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park