A small harbor town on the northwestern part of Hawaiʻi Island, Kawaihae is for those who like it hot and dry, with close access to various beaches. The small size of Kawaihae itself notwithstanding, this harbor is a major lifeline for goods coming to the island. Though the harbor itself is not especially picturesque, it is a good focus for ocean activities in the area, including the local canoe club, a popular surf break, and fishing. If you like to bask in the sun, then you may wish to choose one of our great and convenient Kawaihae Hawaii vacation rentals!
Though there’s not many businesses in Kawaihae itself, it’s central to North Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, and the Kohala Coast, if you plan on adventuring in these areas. Kawaihae is also home to Puʻukoholā Heiau, the huge war temple that was dedicated by Kamehameha as he sought to unite all the islands under his rule. Today it’s a National Historical Park, well worth a visit. Just south of the heiau is Spencer Beach Park, a popular spot with local families. A few miles to the south are the beaches of Mauna Kea resort and Hāpuna Beach.
You might not think Kawaihae would be a large enough town to be home to any good restaurants, but you’d be very wrong. There are a couple of excellent establishments here, starting with Café Pesto. It’s casual-fine family dining with an emphasis on local ingredients; delicious pizzas and pastas paired with friendly service. After dinner, head for dancing at the Blue Dragon; this live-music establishment is open to the stars above, since it almost never rains in this area. If you need more options, Waimea is only a 15-minute drive up the hill with a variety of restaurants.
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