Pepe‘ekeo to Papaikou
From east to west, Pepeʻekeo, Onomea and Papaikou are three plantation villages admired for their gorgeous landscapes and views. There are several worthy attractions here (and a post office in Pepe‘ekeo), but no actual towns. In fact, those who live from Papaikou to Hakalau consider themselves Hilo residents (and indeed these villages are part of North Hilo).
Laupahoehoe, meaning ‘leaf of pahoehoe (smooth-flowing lava),’ is aptly named for its landmark point, a flat lava peninsula formed by a late-stage Mauna Kea eruption. This small town had its heyday when sugar was king, but it remains a solid community with a pleasant beach park and a handful of attractions.