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Top Choice Beach in North Kona Coast

Makalawena Beach

If what you're after is an almost deserted, postcard-perfect scoop of soft, white-sand beach cupping brilliant blue-green waters (got your attention?), head to 'Maks.' Although popular, this string of idyllic coves …
Top Choice Beach in North Kona Coast

Kua Bay

This crescent-shaped white-sand beach is fronted by sparkling turquoise waters that offer first-rate swimming and bodyboarding, and good snorkeling on the north side of the bay (by the large rock outcroppings) when …
Top Choice Beach in North Kona Coast

Honokohau Beach

At this beautiful hook-shaped beach with a mix of black lava, white coral and wave-tossed shells, the water is usually too cloudy for snorkeling, but just standing on shore you'll see honu (green sea turtles). You m…
Top Choice Beach in Kaʻupulehu

Kikaua Beach

Though obviously artificial (a thin layer of sand laid over concrete is hard on the feet), Kikaua Beach is also effortlessly beautiful. Palm trees do the whole sway in the breeze thing, the sand is white, and the co…
Park in North Kona Coast

Kiholo State Park Reserve

With its pristine turquoise waters and shoreline fringed with coconut trees, Kiholo Bay is yet another off-the-beaten-track Big Island beauty. It’s more of a series of beaches than one contiguous stretch of sand, an…
Park in North Kona Coast

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Just north of Honokohau Harbor, on the ocean side of Hwy 19, this 1160-acre national park may be the Kona Coast's most underappreciated ancient Hawaiian site. Hidden among lava fields lies evidence of the innovation…
Park in North Kona Coast

Kekaha Kai State Park

The gorgeous beaches of Kekaha Kai are all the more memorable for being tucked on the far side of a vast desert of unforgiving black lava. This 1600-acre park has four beaches, only one of which has paved access. Th…
Californian in Kaʻupulehu

Beach Tree

Do you know what’s better than enjoying pupu or one of the island’s best burgers on the breezy, beachside porch of the Beach Tree on a perfect Hawaiian day? Not much. Thin-crust brick-oven pizzas come with toothsome…
Hawaiian in Honokohau Harbor

Pine Tree Cafe

If some freak climatic event ever brought winter hibernation to the Big Island, you could survive the lean season by storing the calories away after a single plate lunch at this institution. The food here – short ri…
Notable Building in Keahole Point

Hawaii Ocean Science & Technology Park

That funny-looking building with the gigantic solar panels is the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA). This 'zero-net energy facility' was voted one of the USA's 10 greenest buildings in 2007. Lear…