Hamakua Coast attractions

Top Choice Park in Honomu

ʻAkaka Falls State Park

The island's best ‘tourist waterfall’ is found at this outstanding, family-friendly park. Walk the paved path counterclockwise, on a loop that traverses lush cliffs above a river. You'll first pass the modest openin…
Top Choice Museum in Pepe‘ekeo to Papaikou

Hawaii Plantation Museum

This well-done museum highlights Hawaiʻi's sugar industry, which spanned the period from the mid-1880s to 1996. Museum curator Wayne Subica has single-handedly amassed this collection, which includes plantation tool…
Top Choice Gardens in Pepe‘ekeo to Papaikou

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

A guaranteed crowd-pleaser, this rainforest garden is beautifully situated by the ocean and superbly managed. A paved trail meanders through 2000 species of tropical plants set amid streams and waterfalls. Give your…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Waipiʻo Valley

Waipiʻo Valley Lookout

Located at the end of Hwy 240, this lookout offers a jaw-dropping view of Waipi‘o's emerald amphitheater, black-sand beach and pounding surf. Feast your eyes on one of Hawaii's iconic images.
State Park in Hamakua Coast

Kalopa State Recreation Area

Secluded like a storybook forest, this 100-acre state park offers camping, cabins and various gentle trails. Set amid native trees at 2000ft, it's a quiet spot with few visitors, maybe too deserted for solo traveler…
Beach in Laupahoehoe

Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park

Only real crazy buggahs would swim at windy, rugged Laupahoehoe, where the fierce surf sometimes crashes over the rocks and onto the parking lot. But it's strikingly pretty, with a scenic breakwater and fingers of l…
Gardens in Hakalau & Around

World Botanical Gardens

Under development since 1995, this garden remains a work in progress. Sprawling grounds include a shrubbery maze, waterfall and arboretum – nothing outstanding. You can up the ante with Segway ($57 to $187 per perso…
Museum in Laupahoehoe

Laupahoehoe Train Museum

If you love little quirks of history, be sure to pop into this unassuming museum. It's essentially a house (specifically an old station agent's house) of cool stuff, brimming with fascinating artifacts and photograp…
Museum in Honokaʻa

NHERC Heritage Center

Honokaʻa will make a lot more sense if you visit this museum. Sponsored by the Northern Hawaiʻi Education and Research Center, the collection comprises numerous historical photographs documenting the plantation era …
Memorial in Honokaʻa

Katsu Goto Memorial

Katsu Goto was a Japanese cane-field worker who eventually opened a general store in Honoka‘a. Goto was hanged by local sugar bosses and accomplices in 1889 for his attempts to improve labor conditions on Hamakua pl…