Kalahuipuaʻa Historic Trail
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Kalahuipuaʻa Historic Trail information
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This easy trail starts on the hotel's inland side, at a marked parking lot opposite the resort's little grocery store.
The first part of the historic trail meanders through a former Hawaiian settlement that dates from the 16th century, passing lava tubes once used as cave shelters and a few other archaeological and geological sites marked by interpretive plaques. Keep a watchful eye out for quail, northern and red-crested cardinals, saffron finches and Japanese white-eyes.
The trail then skirts ancient fishponds lined with coconut palms and continues out to the beach, where you'll find a thatched shelter with an outrigger canoe and an historic cottage with a few Hawaiian artifacts on display. If you continue southwest past the cottage, you can loop around the fishpond and back to your starting point (for a round-trip of about 1.5 miles).
These ancient fishponds are among the island's few remaining working fishponds and, as in ancient times, they're stocked with awa (Hawaiian milk fish). Water circulates from the ocean through traditional makaha (sluice gates), which allow small fish to enter but keep mature, fattened catch from escaping.
To access the fishponds directly (without taking the trail), exit the hotel lobby and go south toward the beach. They lie partly under a shady grove of coconut palms and milo (native hardwood) trees.