Loll in sand and solar beneath swaying palms, watch humpback whales dance in an unique Kona sundown, snorkel amongst rainbow-colored fish on a protected reef or experience surf the place the kings of Hawaii'i outlined the game a thousand years in the past! Kahalu'u is the crown jewel of Kona Coast County Seashore Parks. Plentiful parking, disabled entry, picnic tables, two shaded pavilions, two units of public restrooms, showers and lifeguards round-out the amenities of this stunning seaside park.
Most days there’s a meals wagon promoting sandwiches, burgers, shave ice and chilly drinks at cheap costs and a vendor renting snorkeling gear and boogie boards. This seaside might be crowded on weekends, however there’s all the time room for an additional snorkeler within the water.
Particulars: That is the premiere snorkeling seaside of the Island of Hawaii'i; shielded from the open sea by a jetty, the reef can be protected in opposition to industrial aquarium fishing. Thus, the snorkeling is in calm, shallow water; regularly throughout low tide, one can really stroll to the jetty, a pair hundred toes offshore. Additionally, there’s an abundance of fish of an intense selection … typically the perfect show on the island. For these two causes, Kahalu'u is the place many guests head for his or her introduction to snorkeling. Dozens of Hawaiian Inexperienced Sea Turtles and some Hawksbill Sea Turtles name this bay dwelling, consuming the limu and thrilling the snorkelers. Quite a few freshwater springs and shallow water bathers make the near-shore snorkeling unpleasantly cloudy, however about 50 toes offshore the water turns crystal clear and the show of coral is nothing in need of superb. Exterior the breakwater one could typically see deepwater species akin to marlin, tuna, dolphin and small sharks. In direction of the south, the place the bay shallows to a collection of tide swimming pools, many species of shrimp and seaweed not generally seen in West Hawaii'i are considerable.
Northward, and out of doors the bay, is a wonderful surf break that’s for intermediate or higher surfers and boogie boarders. There’s a truthful present north out of the bay and alongside the coast … swimmers used on this present ought to loosen up and swim with the present, angling in the direction of land … they’ll come to a couple hundred yards north of Kahalu'u and have the ability to stroll again alongside the street.
The Hawai'ian phrase Kahalu'u might be translated as "the place the place individuals go into the water"; in historic, in addition to trendy instances, Kahalu'u was a spot of recreation, leisure and restoration. There are quite a few websites of historic significance across the park, such because the breakwater, Paokamenehune, which predates the 15th century temple complexes within the space and is broadly mentioned to have been constructed by the menehune (form of the Hawai'ian equal to leprechauns) , however constructing was really initiated to surround the bay as a fishpond. Whether or not the work grew to become past the powers of the Ali'i on the time to administrate or the browsing reality won-out within the battle over use of Kahalu'u Bay shouldn’t be recognized, however the breakwater was already in disarray on the time of European contact within the 18th century. Ku'emanu Heiau, regardless of the one historic temple to honor the Gods of Browsing nonetheless standing, was a plaace of formality human sacrifice. The springs on the northern fringe of the park, Waikui Punawai, the place luakini sacrices have been historically cleaned and at this time surfers rinse ocean water off themselves after browsing. Between St. Louis Peters Church and the northern restroom is the Awa pae Wai O Keawaiki canoe touchdown which figured prominently within the Maui-Hawaii wars of the 16th Century. The big pond between the northern restrooms and the small pavilion, Wai Kua'a'la loko, was the non-public bathing pond of Hawai'ian Ali'i in residence at Kahalu'u. Between the 2 pavilions is one other historic canoe touchdown and even into historic instances, a halau wa'a, or canoe storage home, was located right here. An essential heiau and royal residence, Mokuahi'ole, stand the place the massive pavilion is at this time. It was at this website that the nice queen, Ka'ahumanu, and her cousin Kuakini (later Territorial Governor) have been raised.
Once you go to Kahaku'u go humbly and thoroughly, full with respect and the reminiscence of the nice kings and queens who lived right here, and go rigorously into the water, being certain to not harrass the endangered turtles, feed or hurt the fish, nor contact or stand upon the corals. Kahalu'u is unsurpassed as a spot to look at sundown, spot whales and dolphin, snorkel, surf, or simply loosen up beneath the swaying palm bushes in these heat aloha breees.