Stretching from Hilo Bay to Waipiʻo Valley along the northeast side of Hawaiʻi Island, the Hāmākua Coast is one of the greenest, lushest places you could ever hope to see. It’s 40 miles of amazing ocean views, roadside waterfalls, and steep seaside cliffs. If your vision of Hawaiʻi includes lots of natural greenery, rainbows, and refreshing breezes, then you’ll enjoy your stay at one of our great rentals along the Hāmākua Coast.
This side of the island has no resorts, and for 40 miles, no sizeable towns. What you’ll find instead are small plantation villages, looking much as they did 50 years ago. It’s a laid-back pace of life here, and many of the inhabitants work in farming or ranching. Hāmākua is a great spot for farm tours, waterfall visits, and sheer awe at the beauty of the landscape.
The most prominent waterfall that’s easily accessible is ʻAkaka Falls in Honomū. It’s a state park with a small fee for parking; access to the falls overlook is via a short paved trail. The 442-foot falls is one of the most impressive on the island. If you look carefully while heading up the coast, though, you’ll see numerous other waterfalls along the highway.
Another impressive spot, and virtually the only coastal access along this 40-mile stretch of steep ocean cliffs, is Laupāhoehoe Point. This park is a flat piece of land that juts out into the ocean just north of Laupāhoehoe Town, and it was the former site of the town itself until the devastating tsunami of 1946. This park has a boat ramp, a tidepool area, and is popular with locals for fishing and camping. There is no beach.
At the north end of Hāmākua lies Honokaʻa, a town that’s a bit like going back in time. Old-Western style false-front buildings line a Main Street that has all the essentials for residents of the surrounding rural areas, as well as a few souvenir shops for the tourists who come to see the majesty of nearby Waipiʻo Valley.
Breathe the freshest air in the world, here on the cliffs of Hāmākua!