At the northern tip of Hawaiʻi Island, you’ll find the breezy, gorgeous little community of Hāwī town. It’s a great place for rest, relaxation, and beautiful ocean views, as well as a vibrant artists’ enclave. Though the town is tiny, it’s packed with galleries and interesting finds, from antiques to Tibetan treasures. Hāwī also has a handful of the best restaurants on the island specializing in locally-grown food, as local food production is a passion of the community here. Come check it out; stay in one of our great Hāwī rentals!
Though it may seem like it’s the remote “end of the road” up here in North Kohala (because it is!), this area is steeped in history. King Kamehameha was born near here, and massive Moʻokini Heiau in the area speaks to the power once held by chiefs in this region. Visit the original Kamehameha statue in nearby Kapaʻau, and marvel at the fact that it’s standing today: it was lost at sea on its way to Hawaiʻi, and later recovered and restored. Take a drive to scenic Pololū Valley lookout; hike down to the black sand beach if you wish. Its rugged beauty never fails to amaze.
When you’re ready for lunch, consider your options. If you like the idea of dining in an art gallery, try Bamboo Restaurant, a staple of the community for many years. Its Pacific Rim cuisine is local, affordable, and delicious, and the ambience is great. For something a bit different, you might try Sushi Rock, a hip, all-local-produce, incredible sushi spot. For a down-to-earth family meal, stop in at the Kohala Village HUB Pub. It’s a community center that also offers a completely locally-grown menu of delicious organic food.
Enjoy your stay in beautiful Hāwī!