March 26 — On another historical site on the west coast of the ‘big island’ sits a couple of ancient Hawaiian settlements. For hundreds of years, extended family groups of these Hawaiian natives learned to live here on the desolate landscape by developing unique farming techniques and by using the abundant ocean resources for fishing. Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park (NHP) preserves and interprets traditional native Hawaiian activities and culture.
We walked down a little boardwalk, passing some petroglyphs, to a couple of fish ponds where these natives captured the reef fish for food. We saw honu, the Hawaiian name for the green sea turtles that are abundant in these waters.
This NHP is pretty little seaside site that was once a thriving Hawaiian community and now serves to teach visitors of ancient Hawaiian natives’ ways.