What to do in Lapakahi State Historical Park

For individuals seeking to learn about life in a primitive Hawaiian fishing village this park is a gem. The site lies on a small cove, full of fish and protected from swift currents most of the year. Lapakahi was once a thriving fishing village, until dry conditions forced residents to seek housing and jobs elsewhere.

Ruins of all aspects of village life remain at the site and some buildings have been reconstructed. Interpretive panels explain various structures and their uses. The waters immediately off the coast from the village are open to water sports.

Visitors to this site will enjoy hands-on learning opportunities of life in a Hawaiian fishing village. Snorkeling and swimming are popular activities at this site along with hiking and photography.

Lapakahi State Historical Park lies on the leeward coast of the Big Island a short distance south of the northern tip of the island. This site can be accessed from the Akoni Pule Highway 12 miles north of Kawaihae.

The island of Hawaii, like the others in the chain, has a windward and leeward climate. The windward (eastern) side of the island receives a lot of moisture. Hilo's monthly averages are above 8 inches. Winter and spring months receive the most moisture, but count on rain if you're traveling in this region. The leeward side can be almost desert like. The mountains are so large on Hawaii, that they trap the moisture on the windward side. Most of the days are sunny on the western coast of Hawaii and hence the tourists flock to this region.

Temperatures on the island of Hawaii are moderate with year round averages near 74 degrees F. The temperatures differ more with elevation than the seasons. Winter clothing such as gloves, hats and layered clothing is necessary if camping in any of the high elevation campgrounds on the island.

P.O. Box 936
75 Aupuni Street, 204
Hilo, HI 96721-0936

Phone: 808-974-6200

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