Must-see attractions in South Kohala

  • Hapuna Beach State Park, Big Island, Hawaii
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    Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

    South Kohala

    Hapuna Beach is world famous for its magnificent half-mile sweep of white powder sand and fabulously clear waters. In summer, waves are calm and allow…

  • The ruins of the major Hawaiian temple at the Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Big Island, Hawaii
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    Puʻukohola Heiau National Historic Site

    South Kohala

    By 1790 Kamehameha the Great had conquered Maui, Lanaʻi and Molokaʻi. But power over his home island of Hawaiʻi was a challenge. When told by a prophet…

  • White dry wood branches reaching lava rocks at Beach 69, Waialea, Big Island, hawaii
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    Beach 69

    South Kohala

    This lovely powdering of white sand is a local favorite but remains somewhat off the tourist radar. Both family-friendly and gay-friendly, its calm,…

  • Hawaii, the Big Island, Mauna Kea Beach
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    Mauna Kea Beach

    South Kohala

    Crescent-shaped Kaunaʻoa Bay (nicknamed 'Mauna Kea Beach' after Rockefeller built his landmark hotel on it) is blanketed in powdery white sand, with clear…

  • Mauʻumae Beach

    South Kohala

    What’s not to love about Mauʻumae (pronounced Mao-oo-my)? It has white sand, teal water, shady trees and protected waters – and is even more private than…

  • Going for a cruise, Anaeho'omalu Bay Beach Park, South Kohala

    ʻAnaehoʻomalu Beach Park

    South Kohala

    Don't worry about that tongue twister of an official name; everyone on the island calls this beach 'A Bay.' 'A-plus' is another way of putting it: this…

  • The Waikoloa Petroglyphs Fields in the west side of the Kona coast
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    Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve

    South Kohala

    This collection of petroglyphs carved in lava rock is so easy to access that it merits a stop, although the Puako Petroglyph Preserve further north is…

  • Samuel M. Spencer Beach, one of the most popular white sand beach on the Big Island of Hawaii. A frequent destination for local residents and tourists alike. Located in South Kohala on the northwest shore of the island of Hawaii with beach front resort and hotel nearby. Taken on March 19, 2017 in Hapuna Beach, Hawaii.
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    Spencer Beach Park

    South Kohala

    Shallow, sandy and gentle, this beach lacks the dramatic sweep of Mauna Kea or Hapuna, but it's ideal for kids and popular with local families. Come to…

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Puako Petroglyph Preserve, South Kohala.

    Puako Petroglyph Preserve

    South Kohala

    With more than 3000 petroglyphs that date back as far as the 16th century, this preserve is among the largest collections of ancient lava carvings in…

  • Kalahuipuaʻa Historic Trail

    South Kohala

    The first segment of this easy trail meanders through a 16th-century Hawaiian settlement, passing lava tubes once used as cave shelters and a few other…

  • Holoholokai Beach Park

    South Kohala

    Forget about sand and enjoy picnicking and strolling at this pleasantly uncrowded beach, blanketed by chunks of coral and lava. Facilities include…

  • Ala Kahakai

    South Kohala

    A portion of Ala Kahakai – the King's Trail – winds through Waikoloa, offering a somewhat incongruous dose of ancient Hawaiian history and heritage within…

  • Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company

    South Kohala

    It's a tourist stop, but a darned good one, featuring a spanking-clean factory, gift shop and generous free samples. This eco-conscious company generates…

  • Puako Shoreline

    South Kohala

    Puako is known for its large, attractive tide pools. There are multiple public shoreline access points along Puako Beach Dr, but the entrance area before…

  • Kalahuipuaʻa Fishponds

    South Kohala

    These ancient fishponds are among the island's few remaining working fishponds. As in ancient times, they're stocked with awa (Hawaiian milk fish). Water…

  • Kuʻualiʻi and Kahapapa Fishponds

    South Kohala

    Physical evidence of the ancient aquaculture system that once formed a crucial component of Native Hawaiian foodways is located smack-dab behind…

  • Pua Ka ʻIlima ʻO Kawaihae

    South Kohala

    This park, which seems to be in a perpetual state of work-in-progress, encompasses 1.4 acres of beach by the Kawaihae breakwater and is the most…

  • Pua Mau Place Botanic & Sculpture Garden

    South Kohala

    In a region that receives only 3in to 10in of annual rainfall, this 13-acre botanic and sculpture garden is a questionable endeavor, but is of interest to…

  • Hokuloa United Church

    South Kohala

    Heading toward Puako ‘town’ you’ll pass the Hokuloa United Church on your right. This may be the cutest little white seaside church on the Big Island…

  • Hale ‘I‘ike

    South Kohala

    Part of the lobby space of the Auberge Mauna Lani resort is taken over by this museum, which showcases a wide range of royal artifacts, shark-tooth…

  • Kawaihae Harbor

    South Kohala

    This sunny harbor is a good spot for a picnic or a place to just chill and watch the boats roll in. Beware of flies that swarm by the rubbish bins.

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