Lapakahi (“single ridge”) was believed to have been inhabited about 600-700-years ago (1300s. Lapakahi was a place of the maka‘āinana, the fishermen and farmers. They worked to sustain the resources and support their families. As the village prospered, the families moved inland to grow their crops of kalo (taro) and ‘uala (sweet potato).
Families along the shore (makai) traded fish for kalo from the uplands (mauka). Parts of this former village have been partially restored but most of the rocky walls and remains are original. Today, this 265-acre State Park is the site of an ancient Hawaiian settlement located along the shoreline of the North Kohala coastline.