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.