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Name Category Location
 
Akaka Falls State Park
An easy, meandering 10-minute loop trail (approximately 4/10-mile)...
Parks Hamakua Coast
 
Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden
Exhibiting a wealth of Hawaiian ethnobotanical traditions and...
Gardens / Arboretums Kona Coast
 
Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center
This informative museum, located at the airport, was opened as...
Kailua-Kona
 
Banyan Drive
More than 50 enormous banyan trees with aerial roots dangling...
Scenic Drives Hilo
 
Big Island Visitors Bureau
Marked by a red-and-white Hawaiian warrior sign, the bureau is...
Information Centers Hilo
 
Captain Cook Monument
No one knows for sure what happened on February 14, 1779, when...
Memorials / Monuments Kona Coast
 
Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
Stroll through the high-ceiling lobby of this Kailua-Kona fixture...
Hotels Kailua-Kona
 
H.N. Greenwell Store Museum
Established in 1850, the homestead of Henry N. Greenwell served...
Historic Districts / Sites Kona Coast
 
Haili Church
Constructed in 1859 by New England missionaries, this church...
Religious Sites Hilo
 
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Eight miles north of Hilo, stunning coastline views appear around...
Gardens / Arboretums Hamakua Coast
 
Hawi and Kapaau
Near the birthplace of King Kamehameha, these North Kohala towns...
Towns Kohala Coast
 
Hikiau Heiau
This stone platform was once an impressive temple dedicated to...
Archaeological Sites Kona Coast
 
Hilo Coffee Mill
With all the buzz about Kona coffee, it's easy to forget that...
Industrial Sites Hilo
 
Holualoa Town
Hugging the hillside along the Kona Coast, the artsy village...
Towns Kailua-Kona
 
Honokaa Town
This quaint, clifftop village fronting the ocean was built in...
Towns Hamakua Coast
 
Honomu
Honomu did not die when sugar did. Its sugar-plantation past...
Towns Hamakua Coast
 
Hulihee Palace
A lovely two-story oceanfront home surrounded by jewel green...
Castles / Palaces Kailua-Kona
 
Imiloa Astronomy Center
Part Hawaiian cultural center, part astronomy museum, this center...
Observatories / Planetariums Hilo
 
Kailua Pier
Though most fishing boats use Honokohau Harbor, this pier dating...
Marinas / Piers Kailua-Kona
 
Kainaliu Town
This is the first town you encounter to the south heading upcountry...
Towns Kona Coast
 
Kalakaua Park
King Kalakaua, who revived the hula, was the inspiration for...
Parks Hilo
 
Kaloko–Honokohau National Historical Park
The trails at this sheltered 1,160-acre coastal park near Honokohau...
Parks Kailua-Kona
 
Kalopa State Recreation Area
Past the old plantation town of Paauilo, at a cool elevation...
Parks Hamakua Coast
 
Kamakahonu and Ahuena Heiau
In the early 1800s, King Kamehameha the Great built a royal compound...
Archaeological Sites Kailua-Kona
 
Kawaihae Harbor
This no-frills industrial harbor, where in 1793 the first cattle...
Marinas / Piers Kohala Coast
 
Kealakekua Bay State Park
This underwater marine reserve is one of the most beautiful spots...
Bodies of Water, Viewpoints Kona Coast
 
Keawe Street
Buildings here have been restored to their original 1920s and...
Neighborhoods / Streets Hilo
 
King Kamehameha Statue
A statue of Kamehameha the Great, the legendary king who united...
Memorials / Monuments Kohala Coast
 
Kohala Mountain Road Lookout
The road between North Kohala and Waimea is one of the most scenic...
Viewpoints Kohala Coast
 
Kona Coffee Living History Farm (D. Uchida Farm)
On the National Register of Historic Places, this perfectly preserved...
Historic Districts / Sites, Farms Kona Coast
 
Kuamoo Battlefield and Lekeleke Burial Grounds
In 1819, an estimated 300 Hawaiians were killed on this vast...
Military Sites, Archaeological Sites, Cemeteries Kailua-Kona
 
Lapakahi State Historical Park
A self-guided, 1-mile walking tour leads through the ruins of...
Parks, Historic Districts / Sites Kohala Coast
 
Laupahoehoe Point Park
Here the surf pounds the jagged black rocks at the base of a...
Parks Hamakua Coast
 
Laupahoehoe Train Museum
Behind a stone loading platform of the once-famous Hawaii Consolidated...
Museums / Galleries Hamakua Coast
 
Lava Tree State Monument
Tree molds that rise like blackened smokestacks formed here in...
Parks, Trails Puna
 
Liliuokalani Gardens
Designed to honor Hawaii's first Japanese immigrants, Liliuokalani...
Parks, Gardens / Arboretums Hilo
 
Lyman Museum & Mission House
Built in 1839, the beautifully restored Lyman Mission House is...
Museums / Galleries, Historic Districts / Sites Hilo
 
MacKenzie State Recreation Area
This coastal park, on rocky shoreline cliffs in a breezy, cool...
Parks Puna
 
Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation
Acres of macadamia-nut trees lead to a giant roasting facility...
Industrial Sites Hilo
 
Moku Ola
This small island, just offshore from Liliuokalani Gardens, is...
Islands Hilo
 
Mokuaikaua Church
Site of the first Christian church in the Hawaiian Islands, this...
Religious Sites Kailua-Kona
 
Mookini Heiau
This isolated National Historic Landmark is so impressive in...
Memorials / Monuments Kohala Coast
 
Naha and Pinao stones
These two huge, oblong stones are legendary. The Pinao stone...
Archaeological Sites Hilo
 
Nani Mau Gardens
The name means "forever beautiful" in Hawaiian, and that's a...
Gardens / Arboretums Hilo
 
Pacific Tsunami Museum
In downtown Hilo, businesses tend to be far from the bayfront...
Museums / Galleries Hilo
 
Pahoa Town
This eclectic little town is reminiscent of the Wild West, with...
Towns Puna
 
Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens
Billed as "the only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the United...
Zoos / Aquariums Hilo
 
Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
This 420-acre National Historical Park houses the best preserved...
Parks Kona Coast
 
Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site
Quite simply, this is one of the most historic sites in all of...
Parks, Historic Districts / Sites Kohala Coast
 
S. Hata Building
Built as a general store in 1912 by Sadanosuke Hata and his family...
Historic Districts / Sites, Stores / Malls Hilo
 
St. Benedict's Painted Church
In the late 1800s, Belgian-born priest and self-taught artist...
Religious Sites Kona Coast
 
St. Peter's Church
This tiny oceanfront chapel with crisp white-and-blue trim and...
Religious Sites Kailua-Kona
 
Star of the Sea Painted Church
This historic church, now a community center, was moved to its...
Religious Sites Puna
 
Wailoa Center
In Wailoa State Recreation Area, this circular exhibition center...
Museums / Galleries Hilo
 
Wailuku River State Park (Boiling Pots)
Four separate streams fall into a series of circular pools here...
Bodies of Water Hilo
 
Wailuku River State Park (Rainbow Falls )
After a hard rain, these falls thunder into the Wailuku River...
Bodies of Water Hilo
 
Waipio Valley
Bounded by 2,000-foot cliffs, the "Valley of the Kings" was once...
Nature Preserves Hamakua Coast
 
World Botanical Gardens
Just off the highway, this garden park is on more than 300 acres...
Gardens / Arboretums Hamakua Coast
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