Know Before You Go
Interpretive Trail- The self-guided interpretive trail at Kalaemanō is accessible seven days a week. Interpretive signs can be found along select areas of the trail. Visitors must stay on the marked trail.
Hours of Operation- The public access interpretive trail is open from Sunrise or 6 A.M. (whichever is earlier) until sunset or 6 P.M. (whichever is later), seven days a week.
Facilities- No picnic areas. Portable toilets are are located at the Kalaemanō Interpretive Center parking lot.
Kalaemanō Interpretive Center- The interpretive center is a private learning center and is not open to the public. School groups or practitioner may be present and or conducting cultural protocols in the area. If you encounter a school group or a practitioner, we ask that you keep a respectful distance and not disturb them.
Public Access- Access to the Kalaemanō Cultural Reserve is just before the main entrance of the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai located at 72-100 Ka'upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.
Immediately after turning right onto Ka'upulehu Drive from Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway, make the first right turn onto Kalaemano Drive. Continue straight until you reach the greeter stand, and obtain a parking pass from the attendant on duty. Following the signs, pass through the gate, make the first right turn, and continue until you reach the Kalaemanō Interpretive Center parking lot, which is marked by an 'ulu (breadfruit) tree. Public parking is located near the hālau wa‘a (canoe shed).
Parking located near the interpretive center is reserved for the interpretive center staff and buses.
Accessibility- ADA accessibility is available from the Kalaemanō Interpretive Center parking lot to the trail head. The walking path from the interpretive center to the coast is currently unpaved.
Fishing is Restricted- Kalaemanō is within the marine protected Kaʻupūlehu Marine Reserve. Fishing and gathering of marine resources is prohibited by law (HAR § 13-60.4-1). To learn more about why these restrictions are in place, click here.
Safety and Hazards- The shoreline of Kalaemanō is rugged and rocky with low lying cliffs. Swimming is not allowed. There are no lifeguards on duty to assist in the event of an emergency. Check surf conditions prior to your visit.
The weather at Kalaemanō can be hot and humid and is mostly exposed with very little shade. Come prepared by wearing sturdy shoes, applying sunscreen, wearing a hat and glasses, and staying hydrated. Fill your drinking container before heading to the coast.