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 are 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.
Things to Do in Kawaihae
The harbor in Kawaihae is home to companies like Kohala Sail & Sea, Kawaihae Offshore Adventures, and Waikoloa Coast Divers, offering several interesting tour options close at hand when you base your stay in one of our Kawaihae vacation rentals. Such outfitters will get you out on the water to explore the beauty of the island from offshore. Adventures such as snorkeling, fishing, Scuba diving, dolphin encounters, and whale watching are all possibilities with the companies operating out of the convenient Kawaihae Harbor. Whether you want to explore the Big Island’s underwater world, snorkeling or scuba diving among tropical fish, manta rays, sea turtles, and spinner dolphins, or you want to keep your camera poised to capture humpback whales as they breach (seasonal), the ocean offers plentiful adventures from Kawaihae. Base your Hawaii vacation house rental in the small west coast town of Kawaihae to enjoy easy access to some of the Big Island’s most exciting offshore activities!
Dining Out in Kawaihae
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 pizza and pasta 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.
Seafood Bar & Grill serves up fresh seafood dishes in a family-friendly setting. Choose a seat in the air-conditioned dining room, on the breezy outdoor lanai, or at the festive tiki bar, made of beautiful mango wood. Popular with both locals and travelers, this is a good place to come with friends or prepare to make new ones! Enjoy a full meal or stop in for Pau Hana, their happy hour that features pupus (appetizers) and tropical cocktails. For a quick but delicious meal, Kohala Burger & Taco offers meals prepared with local fresh fish and Hawaii grass-fed beef. With freshly baked buns and tortillas and handmade milkshakes, much care truly is put into crafting each dish. If you need more options while staying in one of our Kawaihae Hawaii vacation rentals, Waimea is only a 15-minute drive up the hill with a variety of restaurants.
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At I Love Hawaii, you can hear it in our name – we are passionate about the Hawaiian Islands and are dedicated to making sure travelers love every minute of their stay in these special islands as well. Our experienced travel team is knowledgeable about the best places to stay and things to do in the area, so feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Traveling to more than just the Big Island? We also offer vacation rentals on the islands of Kauai, Maui, and Oahu, making it easy to island hop among the state’s most beautiful attractions. Kawaihae: the place to come for fun in the sun! Reserve one of our Hawaii vacation house rentals today and start counting down the days to your getaway to paradise!