Top ChoiceHawaii Regional in Hawi & Around

Bamboo

The ever-popular Bamboo offers interesting takes on old standbys, such as mahimahi on focaccia with shredded papaya. It shares space with a gallery and gift shop, making you feel like you’re eating in a general...

Top ChoiceSushi in Hawi & Around

Sushi Rock

Sushi Rock

This ever-popular sushi bar is famous all over the island for its fusion tropical rolls, which might include papaya, mac nuts, Fuji apple or goat cheese. Some work better than others, but we always leave...

Top ChoiceHealth Food in Hawi & Around

Roots Alchemy

This little family-run organic take-out stand dishes out delicious empanadas (try the sweet potato, kale and goat cheese), bowls of ulu (breadfruit) curry, a tempeh reuben, and a slew of smoothies and energy...

Fusion in Hawi & Around

Trio

Trio specializes in three-course, creative Hawaiian-fusion cuisine. The menu has a lot of variation; on one night you might mix Indonesian chicken with Waimea beef sliders finished with some vegetarian poke. It's...

Arts & Crafts in Hawi & Around

L Zeidman Gallery

The exquisitely crafted, museum-quality wood bowls made by the owner are mesmerizing en masse. They don't come cheap; many exhibits sell for four digits.

Historic Site in Kapaʻau

Kohala Institute

The Institute is an nonprofit that runs educational and preservation programs on 2400 acres that include the ʻIole ahupuaʻa (traditional land division), as well as historic sites associated with Elias Bond, a New...

Landmark in Kapaʻau

Kamehameha Rock

According to legend, Kamehameha the Great carried this rock uphill from the beach to demonstrate his prodigious strength. Much later, when a road crew attempted to move it elsewhere, the rock stubbornly fell off...

Park in Kapaʻau

Keokea Beach Park

While it has no beach to speak of, this county park, about 3.5 miles from Kapaʻau, has the best picnic spot around: an elevated pavilion with smashing views of a rocky bay and the motley crew of local surfers...

Market in Hawi & Around

Hawi Farmers Market

All of the funky, organic, crunchy goodness of North Kohala is sold by all of its funky, organic, crunchy characters at this weekly farmers market, held under the shade of the huge banyan tree off Hawi Rd. Pick...

Cafe in Kapaʻau

Gill's Lanai

With its umbrella-shaded patio and tiny kitchen, this avocado-colored roadside cafe offers a beach vibe and unfairly good food, given Kapaʻau's small size. Favorites include fish tacos, fish and chips, savory...

Fair in Kapaʻau

Kohala Country Fair

This old-fashioned fair, held in the first week in October, brings together a smorgasbord of local artists and food, plus events including a Spam-carving contest, frog catching, equestrian demonstrations, tug of...

Hawaiian in Kapaʻau

King's View Cafe

The King's View is a bit of a community fixture in North Kohala, offering hot subs, creative pizzas (rosemary garlic anyone?), omelets, burgers and plate meals at competitive prices, especially when compared to...

Vegetarian in Hawi & Around

Sweet Potato Kitchen

This cozy kitchen serves heaping plates of vegetarian, gluten free and vegan fare, from congee (rice porridge) cooked with black rice, garlic and local greens to a 'BeetSteak' patty burger that's as hearty as any...

Thai in Kapaʻau

Chaba

If you're in need of a Thai food fix in North Kohala, this roadside stall with outdoor bench seating is pretty much your only option. It's a good one as well – it may not be five star Bangkok dining, but the...

Art in Kapaʻau

Rankin Gallery & Studio

Located midway between Pololu Valley and Kapaʻau, this gallery is noted for its landscapes of Hawaii and the American West (and for the conviviality of Patrick Rankin, a local character happy to show you around...

Music in Hawi & Around

Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele

The ukulele as a work of art? Definitely, as proved by the fascinating collection at this store, which claims to be the only cigar and ukulele shop in the world. In addition to gorgeous handmade 'ukes' made by...

Food & Drink in Kapaʻau

Kohala ʻAina Festival

Put on by the Hawaiian Institute of Pacific Agriculture in early November, this festival, held at the Kohala Fairgrounds, is a celebration of the Big Island's considerable agricultural output. Expect lots of...

Clothing in Hawi & Around

As Hawi Turns

Forgive that groan-worthy name and focus instead on the range of breezy, bohemian clothes, locally designed jewelry and crafts, handmade ukuleles, and gifts that are more interesting than an 'I Heart the Big...

Cafe in Hawi & Around

Kohala Coffee Mill

A comfy place to hang out and treat yourself to muffins, fresh-brewed Kona coffee and heavenly Tropical Dreams ice cream. For breakfast, the bagels, breakfast burritos and steamed eggs are all winners. Frequently...

Market in Hawi & Around

Kohala Grown Market

This little market is the place to come for fresh fruits, cold drinks, and a nice fridge full of ice cream and popsicles. There's a slew of jams, honey, syrups and coffee available if you're looking to get a...