From Kailua-Kona, head to the northern tip of Hawaii’s Big Island, through rugged lava fields and lush green pastures back-dropped by the Pacific Ocean and you will come to the Kohala Coast. Black sand beaches, a rugged coastline, breath-taking scenery and spectacular sunsets await you. The birthplace of King Kamehameha who united the Hawaiian Islands, Kohala is rich in culture, history and true Hawaiian heritage. The undeveloped and least explored part of the Big Island, Kohala is home to beautiful resorts, excellent golf courses and some of the islands best spas.
True Authentic Hawaii
The towns of Kohala have the quaint charm of Old Hawaiian villages. Be inspired by the many galleries, boutiques, farmers markets, excellent local cuisine and historical landmarks. This is true authentic Hawaii. From the ancient pathways, fishponds and petroglyphs of Waikoloa and Puako, head east inland to discover Waimea, Hawaiian cowboy country with green pastures, ranches and stop signs that read “Whoa”. North of Waimea, the scenic Kohala Mountain Road takes you through the picturesque towns of Hawi and Kapaau, home to the King Kamehameha Statue, on to the Polulu Valley Lookout one of the most spectacular panoramic views on Hawaii Island, overlooking the Polulu Valley, the rugged north eastern coastline and a black sand beach, accessible via a steep hike down to the valley.
Beaches and Bays
The spectacular weather on the Kohala Coast makes it the perfect destination for beach and outdoor activities. Take a trip on a glass bottomed boat to explore the colorful marine life, swim with dolphins and whale watch from the shores. Waikoloa has many beaches, Anaehoomalu Bay is known for its spectacular sunsets amongst the coconut palms, sandy beach, calm waters and idyllic snorkelling. Behind the beach are two ancient fishponds Kuualii and Kahapapa. Hike to Queens Bath, a clear fresh water pool in a lava tube hidden in the ocean a half hour hike from Kiholo Bay. Watch the nesting turtles on the black sands of nearby 49 Black Sand Beach. Prefer white sands? Spencer Beach Park and Hapuna Beach are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and relaxed family days. On the northeast rocky side of the island, Keokea Beach Park is a picture of rugged beauty.
Rich in cultural and history, there are many cultural treasures to explore on the Kohala Coast:
- Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve is one of the most extensive petroglyph fields in Hawaii.
- Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site is a historic site with one of the largest and last heiau (temples) built in Hawaii.
- Lapakahi State Historical Park is a historical park on the site of a 600 year old traditional fishing village, the birth site of Kamehameha I and Mo'okini Heiau.
Kohala, a true authentic Hawaiian experience.