Aiopio Beach & Fish Trap
About Aiopio Beach & Fish Trap on Kona & West Island, Hawaii
Ai’opio Beach is a popular spot and an historic place near Kona’s Honokohau Small Boat Harbor. This area is home to an ancient fish trap and a large ceremonial temple that are both part of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park.
‘Ai’opio Fishtrap was once used to capture fish that entered the walled off area during high tides. Now it’s a great place for kids and adults to safely play in the saltwater. The shore in this area is mostly lava rocks, but you’ll find abundant sand near the shore for sunbathing.
Built on Maliu Point next to Aiopio Beach is Hale o Mono Heiau, an historic Hawaiian temple platform. Other ancient structures are all around and a re-creation of a thatched roof shelter is right on the beach. To the north outside the fishtrap you’ll find some of the best tidepools in the area. A shoreline path continues in that direction to a sandy beach in front of Aimakapa Fishpond called Honokohau Beach.
Take time to explore all around the point as there is more to discover including viewpoints, interpretive signs, and more Hawaiian structures. A path goes along the edge of the harbor entrance that you can use to create a loop route back to your car.
The best access to Aiopio Beach is from the Honokohau Marina and Small Boat Harbor north of Kailua-Kona. Just take the first right after you enter the harbor and park past the restaurants in the northwest corner of the lot (next to the Kona Sailing Club). There you’ll see a sign welcoming you into the national park. You can also get to Aiopio Beach from the main parking lot at the national park visitor center off Highway 19. From that lot it’s a pleasant one-mile long walk each way. Note that the main parking lot closes at 4:30pm and the harbor lot stays open late.
- 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
- 808 329-6881
- Park Name
- Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park
- Other Names
- Ai'opio Beach, Maliu Point
- Pet Details
- Dogs allowed on leash
- Free parking at Honokohau Harbor
- Swimming, Sunbathing, Sightseeing, Hiking, Whale Watching, Tidepooling
- Historic Fish Trap, Heiau, Sun Shelter, Tide Pools, Protected Swimming Area, Restaurants, Trails, Interpretive Signs, Restrooms
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