Top things to do in Kawaihae & Around

Top Choice Desserts in Kawaihae & Around


Since 1998, Tim Termeer has delighted all comers with snowy shave ice and premium ice cream, which is perfect on a hot day, or following, say, a gut-busting burger. Among his dozens of flavors are ginger lemongrass,…
Top Choice Burgers in Kawaihae & Around

Kohala Burger & Taco

When only a real burger will do, come here for local grass-fed quarter-pounders with specialty toppings that are, in short, absolutely gorgeous. If you're not into beef, have a go at the fish tacos, quesadillas and …
Historic Site in Kawaihae & Around

Puʻukohola Heiau National Historic Site

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 that he would rule all of the Hawaiian Islands if he built a he…
Beach in Kawaihae & Around

Spencer Beach Park

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 swim rather than to snorkel; the waters are slightly silty due …
Desserts in Kawaihae & Around

Original Big Island Shave Ice Co, Inc.

Kawaihae's only food truck, parked in the lot of the Blue Dragon, is also a supremely good shave ice stand. The flavors are good and the ice texture is smooth, but we say the standout is the ice cream and the halo-h…
Factory in Kawaihae & Around

Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company

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 75% of its energy needs from solar power and 10% from ground …
Hawaiian in Kawaihae & Around

Dragon Wagon

The folks at the Blue Dragon host a food truck in their own parking lot during the day, so if you aren't swinging by here for an evening dinner, you can still enjoy local sliders, musubi and creative spins on the ho…
Hawaii Regional in Kawaihae & Around

Blue Dragon Restaurant

The cuisine at this retro-chic roofless restaurant is hard to pin down. The haute regional menu runs from stir-fries to curries to rib-eye steaks, but generally it's all good. This is a convivial, family-oriented pl…
Bistro in Kawaihae & Around

Cafe Pesto

This well-loved favorite serves eclectic, innovative cuisine you might call Mediterranean with an Asian twang or Italian with an Island twist. Choose from curries and Greek salads, seafood risotto and smoked salmon …
Seafood in Kawaihae & Around

Hale I'a Da Fish House

Also known as just 'Da Fish House,' this spot mainly sells fresh fish, but you can also score some fresh, delicious poke here for a picnic meal.