He'eia State Park is an amazing scenic area on the lush eastern shores of Oahu. Also known as the "Windward Side" of the island, east Oahu is often more green than other parts of the island due to the increased amounts of precipitation that falls here. He'eia State Park offers spectacular views of Kaneohe Bay, one of the biggest sheltered bays in the State of Hawaii. Kaneohe Bay is protected from massive open-ocean swells by a barrier reef system that extends off her shorelines. Within the barrier reef, this unique ecosystem is teaming with ocean life. Kaneohe Bay is home to a variety of species of coral, tropical fish, marine invertebrates, Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and Manta Ray.
He'eia State Park is open from 7:00am to 7:00pm. On site facilities include:
- Freshwater showers
- Drinking water
- Picnic areas
- Walking trails
- Gift Shop
In addition, He'eia State Park is home to one of the largest Hawaiian fishponds on the island. He'eia fishpond is approximately 88 acres in size and is enclosed by a 5,000 foot wall of lava stones. In ancient Hawaii, Hawaiian fishponds were to used to manage and stock fish to provide sustenance for the local people.
For more information about He'eia State Park, please visit http://www.heeiastatepark.org.