Kaunolū Village Site
Kaunolū Village Site is the largest pre-contact village to survive in Hawaii and features archaeological remains for almost every period in Hawaiian culture. It overlooks Kaunolu Bay and was first inhabited around the 1400s and abandoned in the 1880s. It consists of two fishing villages, one on each side of a dry river bed that sees water during flash floods. Hawaiians were attracted to the location for its abundant fishing grounds. The site features the remains of dozens of structures including a temple, priest residences, houses, stone shelters and animal pens. Access to the site requires a vehicle capable of driving off-road. Once there, visitors can hike on a trail that features interpretive signs.
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