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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 Bakery in Honokaʻa

Tex Drive-In

A malasada is just a doughnut, but Tex is famous for serving them hot and fresh. They come plain or filled; either way, folks drive across the island to devour them. Tex also serves decent plate lunches and loco moc…
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 Market in Laupahoehoe

Papa‘aloa Country Store & Cafe

In the 'middle of nowhere,' this neat little market-cafe serves delicious meals, plus pastries baked in house. Try the fresh fish tacos, hand-tossed pizzas and eclairs. The market sells locally grown produce and loc…
Top Choice Theater in Honokaʻa

Honokaʻa People's Theatre

There's something wonderful about watching a movie in a huge, old-fashioned theater – like this one, with a 50ft screen and over 500 seats. Built in 1930, this theater still shows movies and hosts special events. Fo…
Top Choice Health Food in Pepe‘ekeo to Papaikou

What's Shakin'

Your fondest memory of the Pepeʻekeo 4-Mile Scenic Drive might be this roadside eatery. On the northern end of the drive, look for the cheerful yellow cottage, which pumps out killer smoothies (all fruit, no filler)…
Top Choice American in Honokaʻa

Gramma's Kitchen

The restaurant's storefront sign states 'Very homestyle cooking.' And it's true. Gramma's is your ticket for local dishes, such as hearty Portuguese bean soup, teriyaki cheeseburgers (with pineapple and bacon) and a…
Top Choice Market in Honokaʻa

Hamakua Harvest Farmers Market

Featuring over 35 vendors, live music and talks, this market is worth checking out. Everything is locally grown or made, including produce, honey, goat cheese, coconut-milk gelato, smoked fish and much more. To get …
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Waipiʻo Valley

Waipiʻo Valley Artworks

This inviting little shop wears many hats. Browse the handmade koa pieces, from rocking chairs to calabash bowls and chess sets. Snack on ice cream or sandwiches. Talk story with the friendly owner. Or park your car…