Hawaii Island Regions

The largest island in the Hawaiian Island chain is also the youngest. The Island of Hawaii, known as Hawaii Island, is separated into 7 main regions: Hamakua CoastHiloKauKonaKohala CoastNorth Kohala and Puna.

Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve

Kohala Coast, Hawaii Island

Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, Hawaii Island The Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve is one of the most extensive petroglyph fields in Hawaii.

Hapuna Beach State Park, Hawaii Island Hapuna Beach on the Kohala Coast is one of the largest white sand beaches on Hawaii Island.

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Hawaii Island Part of the National Park System, this historic site is home to one of the largest and last heiau (temple) built in Hawaii.


Ka Lae (South Point)

Kau, Hawaii Island

Ka Lae (South Point), Hawaii Island Ka Lae is the southern most point in the U.S. and is believed to be the point where the first Polynesians landed on Hawaii.

Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Hawaii Island This is one of the most famous black sand beaches in Hawaii and a place to spot protected honu, or Hawaiian green sea turtles.

Nahuku (Thurston Lava Tube), Hawaii Island Nahuku, also known as Thurston Lava Tube, is located at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and is easy to explore.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island 330,000-acre park spanning the summit of Maunaloa to the sea and home to Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.


Pololu Valley Lookout

North Kohala, Hawaii Island

Pololu Valley Lookout, Hawaii Island Offers a breathtaking view overlooking Pololu Valley, a black sand beach and the northeastern coastline.

Waimea, Hawaii Island Travel to the cool, green pastures of Waimea to discover paniolo (cowboy) country, as well as fine dining, shopping and culture.

Kamehameha Statue, Kapaau, Hawaii Island The original King Kamehameha Statue can be found in Kapaau, near his birthplace in North Kohala.

Hawi, Hawaii Island Hawi is a charming town home to unique boutiques, galleries and restaurants.

Lapakahi State Historical Park, Hawaii Island This partially restored fishing settlement is over 600 years old.


Waipio Valley Overlook

Hamakua Coast, Hawaii Island

Waipio Valley Lookout, Hawaii Island This lookout at the end of the Hamakua Heritage Corridor drive features breathtaking views of the lush and historic Waipio Valley.

Akaka Falls State Park, Hawaii Island Akaka Falls State Park features two amazing waterfalls, Akaka Falls (442 feet) and Kahuna Falls (100 feet).

Hamakua Heritage Corridor, Hawaii Island Take a memorable drive from Hilo to the Waipio Valley Lookout to see scenic overlooks, waterfalls, botanical gardens and small towns.



Puna, Hawaii Island

Volcano Village, Hawaii Island  Charming artist community located five minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Lava Trees State Park, Hawaii Island 17-acre State Monument with excellent examples of unusual lava tree molds.

Kalapana, Hawaii Island Once a historic town partially destroyed by lava, now a lava viewing area on the southeastern coast of Hawaii Island.



Hilo, Hawaii Island

Hilo Farmers Market, Hawaii Island The Hilo Farmers Market is one of the best open markets in Hawaii, featuring fresh fruit, vegetables, plants and local crafts.

Liliuokalani Gardens, Hawaii Island Liliuokalani Gardens is a beautifully landscaped, 30-acre Japanese garden featuring fishponds, pagodas and rock gardens.

Downtown Hilo, Hawaii Island Downtown Hilo is a historic town that features a variety of unique shops, art galleries, museums, restaurants and cultural sites.

Wailuku River State Park, Hawaii Island Just west of Downtown Hilo, Wailuku River State Park is home to the 80-footWaianuenue (Rainbow Falls) and Peepee Falls which feeds the beautiful pools called Boiling Pots.



Kona, Hawaii Island

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park features Hawaiian Fishponds, sacred temples, and native wildlife on the Kona Coast.

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park This Marine Life Conservation District is a historic area that marks the site where the first westerner, Captain James Cook, landed on the island.

Holualoa, Hawaii Island This small town and art enclave, located on the slopes of Hualalai Volcano, is located in the heart of Kona Coffee country.

Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Hawaii Island Learn about early Hawaiian history at this National Historic Park, historic place of refuge and former royal grounds.

Hulihee Palace, Hawaii Island Located in the heart of Historic Kailua Village, this was a historic vacation home for Hawaiian royalty.

Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona), Hawaii Island Historic Kailua Village is a lively seaside town in the heart of Kona home to shopping, dining and important historic sites.

Keauhou, Hawaii Island The Keauhou resort area, just south of Historic Kailua Village in Kona, is where you can often spot manta rays and honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles).


Driving Times from Kona International Airport (KOA) to:
1: Akaka Falls State Park: 2 hours, 10 minutes
2: Hapuna Beach Park: 30 minutes
3: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: 3 hours, 15 minutes
4: Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona): 15 minutes
5: Keauhou: 25 minutes
6: Kealakekua Bay: 45 minutes
7: Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park: 1 hour
8: Waimea: 45 minutes
9: Waipio Valley: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Driving Times from Hilo International Airport (ITO) to:
1: Akaka Falls State Park: 30 minutes
2: Hapuna Beach Park: 1 hour, 45 minutes
3: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: 45 minutes
4: Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona): 2 hours, 30 minutes
7: Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park: 3 hours
8: Waimea: 1 hour, 30 minutes
9: Waipio Valley: 1 hour, 30 minutes

 Download a PDF version of this map

Driving Times Big Island