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Most Popular National Historical Park In Hawaii You Should Definitely Visit

The beautiful green surroundings and the steaming hot lava lake at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Popular National Historical Park in Hawaii Haleakalā National Park covers a massive area of 33,265 acres. The place sees more than a million visitors each year.

Hawaii boasts several parks and sites that have historic and natural significance. There are eight places that are designated as National Historical Parks.

The ninth site, Honouliuli National Historical Site is currently closed to the public. This place carries a history of incarceration, martial law and the experiences of the prisoners of war.

Here, we have made a list of Eight National Historical Parks located in Hawaii. Put them on your bucket list already.

1. Haleakalā National Park

Hawaii National Park Haleakalā National Park is located in Maui. This place is home to the dormant titular volcano and endangered Hawaiian Geese.

The management of the place is taken care National Park Service. Here, you will experience spectacular sunrise views and glimpses of tropical birds.

  • Phone: 808 572-4400
  • Established: July 1, 1961

The Haleakala sunrise tour with Dynamic Tour Maui is available for $219.99 per person. Immerse yourself in the lush and rich natural landscape of Hawaii.

A bright day in Haleakala National Park with clouds over the hills
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Top sights that you will explore at Haleakala National Park are listed below:

  • Hana Highway: A scenic that goes through the tropical rainforest.
  • Pipiwali Trail: a popular 3.8-mile-long scenic path near Hana.
  • Waimoku Falls: a 400 feet tall waterfall at the end of Pipiwali Trail.
  • 'Ohe'o Gulch: an idyllic valley plunge and Waterfalls
  • Falls of Makahiku: a 200 feet tall waterfall

2. Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

National Historical Park Hawaii Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park is located on the west coast of Hawaii. This park is spread over 182 acres.

The park was a sacred place of refuge for defeated Hawaiian warriors and those guilty of violating the Kapu. The place is open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

  • Address: State Hwy 160, Hōnaunau, HI 96726
  • Phone: 808 328-2326
  • Established: October 15, 1966

The historic statues called Ki'i at Puuhonua O Honaunau Park
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The best ways to experience Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park are listed below. You can also make a booking via

  • Kona's Deluxe Snorkel - Beat the Crowds to Captain Cook and Place to Refuge
  • Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation. Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm
  • Big Island - South Island Coastal Loop Driving Tour
  • Kona Coast to Place of Refuge Small Group Shore Excursion & Tour

3. Kalaupapa National Historical Park

National Parks in Hawaii Kalaupapa National Historical Park is situated on the island of Molokai. The place preserves the cultural and physical setting of the leper colonies.

This historic landmark site was established as a National Park in December 1980 after the Kalaupapa Leper Settlement. This place is now managed by National Park Service.

  • Address: 189 Kaiulani St, Kalaupapa, HI 96742
  • Phone: 808 567-6802
  • Open daily, 24 hours a day
  • Age Limit: 16 years or above
  • Maximum no. of visitors: 100 per day

Things to do at the Park include Self-Guided Tours and Virtual Visits. When in Park, all visitors must carry a permit with them

The amazing landscape of Kalaupapa National Historical Park coverd with greenery
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Kalaupapa trail is a steep and uneven 3.5 miles hiking route with a nearly 2,000-foot elevation. Travelers on foot must read the Safety Pages before hiking the trail.

Famous sites at Kalaupapa National Historical Park include:

  • Palaau State Park
  • Kalaupapa Lookout
  • Molokai Forest Reserve 

The activities that are prohibited on the site are:

  • Camping 
  • Surfing
  • Scuba and Snub Diving

4. Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park

Hawaii National Parks Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park is located in Kona District, Hawaii. The place has a landmark site called Honokōhau Settlement.

The Park spreads over an area of 1,161 acres and includes several resorted trails. One of the famous trails is the Māmalahoa Trail which extends for a mile.

  • Address: Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
  • Phone: 808 326-9057
  • Established: November 10, 1978

The engraving at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park on a stone wall
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Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park was established to preserve, protect and interpret the traditional native Hawaiian activities and culture.

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park features a boat harbor that provides a launching area for water sports. It includes traditional canoes, fishing, Scuba diving and snorkeling tours.

5. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaiian National Park Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is situated on the Big Island, Hawaii. It has two active volcanoes named Kilauea and Mauna Loa.

The Park is a popular tourist site that draws more than a million tourists each year. You can book a tour of the Park with Audio Guide via

  • Address: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI 96718.
  • Phone: 808 985-6011
  • Established: August 11, 1916

Vapor steaming from the lava river at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Top sights you shouldn't miss on the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park tours include:

  • Kilauea: an active volcano 
  • Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube: a long cave formed by flowing lava
  • Kilauea Iki Crater: a pit crater with a hiking trail & lookout
  • Chain of Crater Road: a scenic road winding through pit craters
  • Halemaumau Crater: a geologically active volcano vent

6. Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Hawaiian National Park Pearl Harbor National Memorial is located in Honolulu, Hawaii. The landmark commemorates the attack of 1941 on Pearl Harbor.

The USS Arizona Memorial at Pear Harbor is the resting place of 1,102 soldiers and Marines. Built in the middle of the water, the place is only accessible by boat.

  • Address: 1 Arizona Memorial Pl, Honolulu, HI 96818
  • Phone: 808 422-3399
  • Established: May 30, 1962

An ariel view of the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Hawaii
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Historical information about the Pearl Harbor attack, and shuttle boats are available at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. 

There are several packages offered related to the tour and excursions. Secure one of these exciting offerings via

  • A 6-hour Oahu USS Arizona Memorial & Battleship Missouri Visit
  • A 5-hour Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, and City Tour
  • A 5.5 hours Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial and Honolulu Tour
  • A 1-day Deluxe USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Multimedia Tour

7. Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site

Hawaii historical sites Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site is home to home to the largest Heiau in Hawaii. It preserves the ancient ruins of temples.

The popular site is looked upon as a symbol of unification and lasting peace even to this day by the Hawaiians.

Puukohola is known to modern-day tourists for its temple ruins, historic structures, hiking trails, and museum.

  • Address: 62-3601 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea, HI 96743
  • Phone: 808 882-7218
  • Total Area: 77 acres
  • Made a National Historic Landmark on December 29, 1962

The trail at Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site and the stone walls in the background
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Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site features an interpretive trail. It begins at the visitor center and leads to Pu'ukoholā. The park trail is half a mile long.

Popular monuments on site include:

  • Ruins of Mailekini Heiau - built around 1500s
  • Hale o Kapuni - a submerged heiau dedicated to the shark god
  • Homestead of John Young - a British sailor and an aid of King Kamehameha I

8. Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail

Hawaii historical park Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail is a 175 mile long track along the coastline of the Big Island. It is only accessible at segments.

The place was established as a national park to preserve and protect the native Hawaiian culture and natural resources. The name translates to "shoreline trail" in the Hawaiian language.

  • Address: 73-4786 Kanalani St #14, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
  • Phone: 808 326-6012
  • Established: November 14, 2000

A costal trail at Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail which is a part of the Ala Hele
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Popular sites at Ala Kahakai Trail are listed below:

  • Kealakekua Bay
  • Punalu'u Beach
  • Magic Sands Beach Park
  • Honaunau Bay
  • Waialea Bay

The trail at Ala Kahakai can be accessed within the four National Parks on the Big Island. A section of it provides access to beaches, resorts and cultural sites.

Other Famous State Parks And Sites

Apart from the above-mentioned National Historical Parks and Sites, Hawaii also boasts many popular State Parks. Some of them are listed below:

1. Lahaina Banyan Court Park

Hawaii state park Lahaina Banyan Court Park is a public park located in the town of Lahaina, Hawaii. The park occupies an area of 1.94 acres.

The place features the oldest Indian Banyan tree in the US. It was planted by Sheriff William Owen Smith in the courtyard square in 1873.

The famed banyan tree at Lahaina Banyan Court Park
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2. Lapakahi State Historical Park

3. Kekaha Kai State Park 

4. Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park 

5. Diamond Head State Monument