Top things to do

Top Choice Park in Puʻuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

Puʻuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

This awesome park is an ancient place of refuge – or puʻuhonua, a sanctuary where kapu (taboo)-breakers could have their lives spared. A half-mile walking tour encompasses major sites – the visitor center provides a…
Top Choice Beach in Hoʻokena & Around

Hoʻokena Beach Park

This modest, charcoal-colored beach is backed by a steep green hillside. When calm, the bay's waters are good for swimming, kayaking and snorkeling (although the bottom drops off quickly). Coral abounds, as do stron…
Top Choice Historic Site in Captain Cook

Kona Coffee Living History Farm

Many coffee-farm tours are perfunctory 15-minute affairs. This tour, run by the Kona Historical Society, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute, is different and deep. More than just an exploration of how coffee …
Top Choice Church in Honaunau

St Benedict's Painted Church

A pulpit with a view, gravestones cradled by tropical blooms and a little chapel with floor-to-ceiling 'outsider art' make this church a picturesque side trip. A self-taught artist and Catholic priest, John Velghe, …
Top Choice Hawaiian in Honaunau

Super J's

The full title of this place is ʻKaʻaloa's Super J's Hawaiian Food,' but everyone calls it Super J's. They also call it freakin' delicious. The laulau (pork, chicken or fish wrapped inside taro or ti leaves) is stea…
Top Choice Beach in Miloliʻi

Honomalino Beach

The top sight in Miloliʻi is about a mile's walk south of the town itself. Honomalino Bay is simply gorgeous; with sand the color of all Big Island beaches crushed into one – green, gold, tawny and black – this beac…
Top Choice Burgers in Kainaliu

Annie's Island Fresh Burgers

Sometimes you just need a burger. The sort of burger that makes you sigh and smile and say ‘Damn’ and feel uncomfortably full afterwards. Enter Annie’s, which uses local veggies and grass-fed Big Island beef to make…
Park in Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

Beautiful, historical Kealakekua Bay is the big draw on the south coast. Local organizations and businesses are working hard to keep it that way, as more people communing with the wildlife increases pressure on this…
Cafe in Captain Cook

Coffee Shack

Perched precariously next to the highway, the Shack is famous for insane views of Kealakekua Bay from its open-air deck. We can say, with no hyperbole, you may never have a cup of coffee with a better vista. The foo…
Farm in Kealakekua

Greenwell Farms

This 150-acre family farm, established in 1850, is run by fourth-generation Greenwells and is one of Kona’s oldest and best-known coffee plantations. It currently roasts coffee cherries from more than 200 local grow…