North Kohala

You’ll notice the dramatic change in your surroundings as you travel north beyond the dazzling resorts, golf courses and lava landscapes of the Kohala Coast to the lush, undeveloped pastoral lands of North Kohala. Besides being a beautiful area featuring the charming town of Hawi and the amazing Pololu Valley Overlook, this is also the home of some of the most historically significant sites on Hawaii Island from Puukohola Heiau to King Kamehameha’s birthplace.

Just before Puukohola Heiau, turn east up Kawaihae Road to explore the cool scenic fields of Waimea. In sharp contrast to the lava landscapes along the coast and having more in common with lush North Kohala, this upcountry area is paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) country, full of green pastures and panoramic views. Visit Kahua Ranch to take a horseback riding tour or ATV drive and explore this lovely landscape while you learn about Hawaii’s ranching past. Take the scenic drive through the northern most tip of Hawaii Island and enjoy an unforgettable journey off the beaten path. Travel back in time and learn about the culture of Hawaii Island in North Kohala.

North Kohala, Hawaii Island Highlights:

Travel to the cool, green pastures of Waimea to discover paniolo (cowboy) country, as well as fine dining, shopping and culture.
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The Pololu Valley Lookout offers a breathtaking view overlooking Pololu Valley, a black sand beach and the northeastern coastline.
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As you drive between the lava fields of the Kohala Coast and the lush surroundings of North Kohala make a stop at Lapakahi State Historical Park.
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The original King Kamehameha Statue can be found in Kapaau, near his birthplace in North Kohala. Kamehameha the Great unified the Hawaiian Islands in 1810.
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Spend a few hours browsing the peaceful haven of Hawi, North Kohala’s biggest little town.
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