Top things to do in South Kohala

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 Italian in Waikoloa Village

Pueo's Osteria

Run by a former top resort chef, this hidden gem will satisfy your cravings for gourmet-rustic Italian fare: pizzas, pastas and classics, including a yummy gorgonzola gnocchi. Everything is homemade, and the attenti…
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).…
Top Choice Hawaii Regional in Mauna Lani Resort Area

Brown's Beach House

The prices might be intimidating, but Brown's remains a standout for those willing to pay. Expect gracious service and the finest local ingredients: the surf and turf features locally raised beef and Kona lobsters, …
Top Choice Desserts in Kawaihae & Around

Anuenue

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 Food & Drink in Waikoloa Resort Area

A Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Celebrated Big Island chefs work magic with local range-fed meats and local produce in late September or early October. As of late, there's been an effort the make the event zero-waste, and themes of food sustainabi…
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…