To learn about some of the island’s native plants and animals, stop by Kōkeʻe Natural History Museum. The museum has been serving visitors since 1953. Refreshed in 2020, the museum features exhibits about the endemic and native flora and fauna of Kōke‘e as well as some of its interesting history. For the convenience of park visitors, a large trail map with detailed descriptions is outside on the front porch. Please note that many online maps can’t be accessed throughout most of Kōke‘e and some online maps are very inaccurate. Pick up exclusive souvenirs of your visit to Kōke‘e and Waimea Canyon State Parks, browse through their Hawaiian book selection, or find unique gifts in the museum shop. The nonprofit museum is open daily with free admission with a suggested donation of $3.
A 975-foot Nature Trail loop behind the museum takes you on a self-guided tour through the native forest. Ask the staff about seasonal activities, and what hike is best for your group. If you want to be sure about their hours before heading out, call 808-335-9975 or visit Kōkeʻe.org for more information and a link to weather in the area.