About He'eia State Park

He‘eia State Park, also known as Kealohi Point, is an 18-acre peninsula located on Oahu's windward (east) coast, on the waterfront of Kane'ohe Bay.  Visitors and locals alike have been drawn to the windward coast of Oahu for its lush rain forests, beautiful beaches and bays, and for the local feel of traditional Hawaii.  Kane'ohe Bay is known for calm waters, spectacular reefs, and stunning views of the Ko‘olau Mountains.  Our location makes He'eia State Park the ideal place to access the waters of Kane'ohe Bay, and experience one of the most beautiful parts of Oahu.  

 

Kane'ohe Bay features Oahu’s only barrier reef, which ensures that the bay is not subject to open ocean swell and current.  Because of the specific depth, temperature, and conditions of this protected water, coral is able to grow much more abundantly, which translates into a greater variety of sea life.

 

Kealohi Point is also a very culturally significant place.  Situated right next door to ancient He'eia Fishpond, the peninsula's distinctness had it regarded as a 'leaping point' in Hawaiian culture.  A leaping point is a sacred place where the souls of the departed were believed to leap from this earth and reunite with their ancestors.  

As stewards of He'eia State Park, Kama'aina Kids is proud to care for the land as a valuable resource for the community, and to offer educational programs that highlight the local culture and ecology in this special place that joins land and sea.  

 
 
Partnerships

Kama'aina Kids is extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to manage He'eia State Park.  Therefore, we feel it is our duty as stewards of He'eia to develop strong relationships and partnerships with others in the community who are making a difference. We strive to be the public portal to Kane'ohe Bay, as well as a leader in marine education and eco-tourism. We are always open to new partnerships and ideas on how to better serve our community, and make sure He'eia is sustainable and preserved for future generations.

 

News & Events

Flavors by the Bay!

October 13, 2018

Flavors by the Bay is raising funds to rebuild the He‘eia Community Pavilion, which was destroyed by a fallen tree, condemned and demolished by the State.  Our new structure will be known as The He‘eia Learning Center, and will be a gathering place for Hawai‘i’s children, communities and visitors.

Heeia Staff completed a Marine Animal Stewards training!

February 01, 2018

Last week our staff attended and completed HMAR’s Marine Animal Stewards training. It is our hope that this program encourages our staff to conduct citizen science by reporting sightings of the critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal and injured or deceased sea turtles. We also hope that through education we can minimize the potential of marine animal harassment and/or injury caused by beach-goers, boats, pets and fishing gear.

Our next Park clean-up is just around the corner!

February 05, 2018

Feel like getting your hands dirty and giving back to your community!? We are having our monthly park clean up and need more hands to keep this place looking beautiful!

The Manta Rays are Back

January 29, 2018

Manta Rays are large rays belonging to the genus Manta. The larger species reaches up to 23ft in width while the smaller reaches 18ft. Both have triangular pectoral fins, horn-shaped cephalic fins and large, forward facing mouths. Mantas are found in warm temperate, subtropical and tropical waters. Both species are pelagic, meaning the cruise the deep ocean waters. They are filter feeders and eat large quantities of zooplankton, which they swallow with open mouths as they swim. Gestation lasts for over a year and mantas give birth to live pups. Mantas may visit cleaning stations for the removal of parasites. Like whales, they breach for unknown reasons and it truly a site to see! Mantas are listed as vulnerable, threats include pollution, entanglement in fishing nets, and direct harvesting for their gill rakers for use in Chinese medicine. Their slow reproductive rates exacerbate these threats. They are protected in international waters but are more vulnerable closer to shore. So let’s keep these majestic beauties safe!

MLK Day Clean-up!

January 15, 2018

Come volunteer your sweat equity to this wonderful State Park! We need all the help we can get.

MALAMA our Aina at He'eia

November 18, 2017

Mahalo nui loa to all of our Volunteers, we couldn't do it without you!!  this group was PHENOMENAL to say the least, we got SO, SO MUCH done. Thank you all so very much for donating your sweat equity and time! Aloha

State Park Clean-Ups are so FUN!

October 28, 2017

    Another great day we had another clean-up this last Saturday, 25 Marines from the 3rd Marine Regiment, 2nd Battalion, this group was PHENOMENAL to say the least, we got SO, SO MUCH done. Thank you all so very much for donating your sweat equity and time! Aloha

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Kama'aina Kids

Kama'aina Kids has been operating waterfront and environmental education programs on Kane'ohe Bay since 1987. Now, with He'eia State Park as our base, we operate a summer camp program that gets thousands of local children out on the water each summer; and teaches paddling, sailing, and ocean safety.

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