The further up the mountain you get from Kailua-Kona, the artsier, more residential and more rural (not to mention cooler and damper) it gets, until all of these qualities mush into one misty bohemian village: Holualoa. Perched at 1400ft on the lush slopes of Mt Hualalai, this town – village, really – has come a long way from its days as a tiny, one-donkey coffee crossroads. Today Holualoa’s ramshackle buildings hold a lovely collection of artist-owned galleries, which lends this spot a distinct bohemian vibe.
Most businesses close on Sunday and Monday. Note that the census designated area called 'Holualoa' extends to the sea and includes much of Aliʻi Dr. Generally, when locals speak of Holualoa they are referring to the artsy, upcountry village described here.