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  • 1. Anaehoomalu Bay


    Also known as "A-Bay," this expansive stretch of white sand, classically fringed with coco palms, fronts the Waikoloa Beach Marriott and is...Read More

  • 2. Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area


    One of Hawaii's finest beaches, Hapuna is a ½-mile-long stretch of white perfection. The turquoise water is calm in summer with just enough...Read More

  • 3. Kaunaoa Beach


    Hands down one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, if not the whole state, Kaunaoa features a long crescent of pure white sand framed...Read More

  • 4. Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Quite simply, this is one of the most historic and commanding sites in all of Hawaii. It was here in 1810, on top of Puukohala (Hill of the...Read More

  • 5. Ackerman Gift Gallery


    In Kapaau, browse through this longtime gallery's collections of local art, including glass, woodworks, bowls, fine art photography, and paintings...Read More

  • 6. Hawi and Kapaau


    Near the birthplace of King Kamehameha, these North Kohala towns thrived during the plantation days, once bustling with hotels, saloons, and...Read More

  • 7. Kawaihae Harbor


    This no-frills industrial harbor, where in 1793 the first cattle landed in Hawaii, is a hub of commercial and community activity. It's also...Read More

  • 8. Keokea Beach Park


    A newly renovated pavilion (damaged in the 2006 quake) welcomes visitors to this 7-acre beach park fronting the rugged shore in North Kohala...Read More

  • 9. Kiholo State Park Reserve


    One of the state park system's newest treasures, Kiholo Bay is still in the planning stage, so facilities are not yet complete. The brilliant...Read More

  • 10. King Kamehameha Statue


    A statue of Kamehameha the Great, the legendary king who united the Hawaiian Islands, stands watch over his descendants in North Kohala. The...Read More

  • 11. Kohala Mountain Road Lookout


    The road between North Kohala and Waimea is one of the most scenic drives in Hawaii, passing Parker Ranch, open pastures, rolling hills, and...Read More

  • 12. Lapakahi State Historical Park

    Historic District/Site

    A self-guided, 1-mile walking tour leads through the ruins of the once-prosperous fishing village Koaie, which dates as far back as the 15th...Read More

  • 13. Mahukona Beach Park


    Snorkelers and divers make exciting discoveries in the clear waters of this park. Long ago, when sugar was the economic staple of Kohala, this...Read More

  • 14. Mookini Heiau


    This isolated National Historic Landmark within Kohala Historical Sites State Monument is so impressive in size and atmosphere that it's guaranteed...Read More

  • 15. Pololu Valley Beach


    On the North Kohala peninsula, this is one of the Big Island's most scenic black-sand beaches. After about 8 miles of lush, winding road past...Read More

  • 16. Spencer Park at Ohaiula Beach


    This white-sand beach is popular with local families because of its reef-protected waters. It's probably the safest beach in West Hawaii for...Read More

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