Posted by: hualalaihale | March 25, 2013

What is Hualālai?

You’ve booked a week-long stay at Hualālai Hale at the Four Season’s Hualālai resort.  The resort is elegant, and the home itself luxurious.  This has got you thinking, well, what exactly is aHualālai?

Hualālai  is a dormant shield volcano on the island of Hawaiʻi in the Hawaiian Islands. It is the third-youngest and the third most active of the five volcanoes that form the island of Hawaiʻi, following Kīlauea and the much larger Mauna Loa, and also the westernmost.

Ancient Hawaiian civilizations thrived at the base of this seemingly inhospitable terrain. Fishing and farming were two major resources of food for the settlers.  Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park is just a short drive away from the Kona airport.  Here, you can visit Honokōhau Settlement , the ʻAimakapā fishpond and many more cultural and historical sites.

Kaloko-Honoköhau National Historical Park sits below the majestic Hualalai Volcano along the Kona coast.

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                                                                                                    Photo courtesy of Wikipedia  

The park’s brochure notes: “The fishponds, tidal areas, and wetlands at Kaloko-Hon- oköhau National Historical Park are important as a home for many of the unique animals and fish of Hawai‘i. The habitats at ‘Aimakapä and Kaloko fishponds are essential to the survival of resident waterbirds such as the endangered ae‘o (Hawaiian black-necked stilt) and the ‘alae ke‘oke‘o (Hawaiian coot). It is also an important stopover for migratory birds. Honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) graze on algae in the shallows of ‘Ai‘öpio and can often be seen basking on shore within the park.”

The Historical park is just a short drive away from  Hualālai Hale and is just one of the many activities you can enjoy during your stay.

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