Lapakahi State Historical Park
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Lapakahi State Historical Park information
This coastal park was a remote fishing village 600 years ago. Eventually some of the villagers moved to the wetter uplands and became farmers, trading their crops for fish. In the process, Lapakahi grew into an ahupuaʻa, a wedge-shaped division of land radiating from the mountains to the sea. When the freshwater table dropped in the 19th century, the village was abandoned.
An unshaded, 1-mile loop trail traverses the 262-acre grounds, passing the remains of stone walls, house sites, canoe sheds and fishing shrines. Visitors can try their hand at Hawaiian games , with game pieces and instructions laid out for ʻoʻo ihe (spear throwing), konane (checkers) and ʻulu maika (stone bowling). Nothing is elaborately presented – so visitors will need a wild imagination to appreciate the modest remains.
Lapakahi's clear waters are loaded with tropical fish and belong to a marine-life conservation district. But this is a historical, not recreational, park, with historically sacred waters. Park staff may grant permission for snorkeling, but they generally discourage it.
The park is located just south of the 14-mile marker.