NHERC Heritage Center

Hamakua Coast

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 and its demise. It's a peek into the region's collective grandmother's attic. Each picture speaks a thousand words.

From the main intersection downtown, follow Plumeria St uphill, then turn left on Lehua St.

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1. Katsu Goto Memorial

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2. Long Ears Coffee

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3. Kalopa State Recreation Area

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8. Paniolo Heritage Center

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