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  • Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

    1. Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

    Beach–Sight

    This underwater marine reserve is one of the most beautiful spots in the state. Dramatic cliffs surround super-deep, crystal-clear, turquoise...Read More

    Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
  • Mokuaikaua Church

    2. Mokuaikaua Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Site of the first Christian church in the Hawaiian Islands, this solid lava-rock structure, built in 1836, is mortared with burned lime, coral...Read More

    Mokuaikaua Church
  • 3. Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station

    Observatory/Planetarium

    At 9,200 feet, this excellent amateur observation site has a handful of telescopes and a knowledgeable staff. You can enjoy stargazing sessions...Read More

  • Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens

    4. Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens

    Zoo/Aquarium

    Billed as "the only natural tropical rain forest zoo in the United States," this sweet zoo features native Hawaiian species such as the state...Read More

    Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens
  • Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site

    5. 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

    Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site
  • Waipio Valley

    6. Waipio Valley

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Bounded by 2,000-foot cliffs, the "Valley of the Kings" was once a favorite retreat of Hawaiian royalty. Waterfalls drop 1,200 feet from the...Read More

    Waipio Valley
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  • 7. Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

    Museum/Gallery

    Stroll through the expansive lobby of this Kailua-Kona fixture to view impressive displays of Hawaiian artifacts, including feathered helmets...Read More

  • 8. Firehouse Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

    Local Big Island artwork is featured at this historical gallery, an 80-year-old fire station at the intersection of Lindsey Road and old Mamalahoa...Read More

  • 9. Greenwell Farms

    Farm/Ranch

    The Greenwell family played a significant role in the cultivation of the first commercial coffee in the Kona area (as well as the first grocery...Read More

  • 10. Haili Congressional Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Constructed in 1859 by New England missionaries, this church is known for its services in Hawaiian and for the choir, which sings hymns in Hawaiian...Read More

  • 11. Hikiau Heiau

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This stone platform was once an impressive temple dedicated to the god Lono. When Captain Cook arrived in 1778, ceremonies in his honor were...Read More

  • 12. Hilo Coffee Mill

    Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    With all the buzz about Kona coffee, it's easy to forget that estate-grown coffee is produced throughout the rest of the island. The Hilo Coffee...Read More

  • 13. Holualoa Kona Coffee Company

    Farm/Ranch

    There is a lot going on at this truly all-organic coffee farm and processing facility, from growing the beans to milling and drying. The processing...Read More

  • 14. Imiola Congregational Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Highlights of this church, which was established in 1832 and rebuilt in 1857, are a gleaming, restored koa interior and unusual wooden calabashes...Read More

  • Ka Lae (South Point)

    15. Ka Lae (South Point)

    Historic District/Site

    It's thought that the first Polynesians came ashore at this southernmost point of land in the United States, also a National Historic Landmark...Read More

    Ka Lae (South Point)
  • 16. Kailua Pier

    Beach–Sight

    Though most fishing boats use Honokohau Harbor, this pier dating from 1918 is still a hub of ocean activity. Outrigger canoe teams practice...Read More

  • 17. Kalakaua Park

    Park/Playground

    King Kalakaua, who revived the hula, was the inspiration for Hilo's Merrie Monarch Festival. A bronze statue, erected in 1988, depicts the king...Read More

  • 18. Kaloko–Honokohau National Historical Park

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The trails at this sheltered 1,160-acre coastal park near Honokohau Harbor, just north of Kailua-Kona, are popular with walkers and hikers....Read More

  • 19. Kalopa State Recreation Area

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    North of the old plantation town of Paauilo, at a cool elevation of 2,000 feet, lies this sweet 100-acre state park. There's a lush forested...Read More

  • 20. Kaumana Caves Park

    Cave

    Thanks to Hilo's abundant rainfall, this lava tube is lush with plant life. Concrete stairs lead down to the 2½-mile-long tube. There are no...Read More

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