South Kohala attractions

Top Choice Beach in Puako

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

Hapuna Beach is a postcard snapshot of what a beach can be – it's world famous for a magnificent half-mile sweep of white powder sand and fabulously clear waters. In summer, waves are calm and allow good swimming, s…
Top Choice Beach in Puako

Beach 69

This lovely crescent of white sand is a local favorite but remains somewhat off the tourist radar. Both family-friendly and gay-friendly, its calm, protected waters are ideal for a bout of casual snorkeling. Around …
Top Choice Beach in Mauna Kea Resort Area

Mauʻumae Beach

White sand, teal water, shady trees and protected waters – and it’s even more private than Kaunaʻoa Bay. What’s not to love about Mauʻumae? (pronounced Mao-oo-my) Locals are proprietary about this gem, and for good …
Top Choice Beach in Mauna Kea Resort Area

Mauna Kea Beach

Crescent-shaped Kaunaʻoa Bay (nicknamed 'Mauna Kea Beach' after Rockefeller built his landmark hotel on it) is blanketed in powdery white sand, while the clear waters are calm and shallow (generally less than 10ft).…
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 Waikoloa Resort Area

ʻAnaehoʻomalu Beach Park

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 beach boasts easy access, salt-and-pepper sand and calm waters …
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 …
Landmark in Puako

Puako Tide Pools

Puako is known for giant tide pools, some deep enough to shelter live coral and other marine life. There's no sandy beach, but a narrow strip of pulverized coral and lava covers the shore. It's ideal for beach walks…
Historic Site in Mauna Lani Resort Area

Kalahuipuaʻa Historic Trail

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 archaeological and geological sites marked by interpretive plaq…
Historic Site in Waikoloa Resort Area

Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve

This collection of petroglyphs carved in lava rock is so easy-access that it merits a stop, although the Puako Petroglyph Preserve further north is more spectacular and doesn't abut a shopping mall. Many petroglyphs…