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Honokaa is a community village situated on the northeast coast of Hawai’i Island, which is also known as Big Island. The friendly village faces the Pacific Ocean and is a gateway to the island’s Hamakua Coast, a region famous for its breathtaking scenery, postcard-perfect waterfalls and green valleys.
A good place to start your visit is in Honokaa’s historic downtown. Stroll along Mamane Street, where annual horse races were once held. Today the street has cafés and restaurants in addition to a handful of interesting antique stores and galleries. Visit the Big Island Glass Gallery to watch glass-blowing demonstrations and see local art exhibitions. On a Saturday morning, browse the farmers market for fresh, local produce.
Watch a movie, attend a concert or take part in dance and theater workshops at the Honokaa People’s Theater. It’s the biggest theater on the island and dates back to 1930. Play golf at the Hamakua Country Club, a short walk from Honokaa’s town center.
A highlight of visiting Honokaa is seeing the Waipio Valley. Rent a car and drive to the Waipio Valley Lookout, which presents uninterrupted views of the valley, cliffs and coastline. Hike, ride on horseback or join a four-wheel drive tour to beaches and waterfalls, including 1,450-feet (442-meter) tall Hiilawe Falls. Tours run from Honokaa and knowledgeable guides will share the stories and legends of the valley. On your way to the valley, stop by Neptune’s Garden Gallery and Waipio Valley Artworks to see displays of local arts and crafts.
Honokaa is about a 1-hour drive north from Hilo, the largest village on Hawai’i Island. Hilo has an international airport. You can catch a bus from Hilo to Honokaa, but most people rent a car because of the freedom it gives to explore the island at your own pace. Don’t miss the Hamakua Heritage Corridor, a coastal route between Hilo and Waipo Valley that includes waterfalls, rainforests, botanical gardens, beaches and picnic areas.
Accommodation in Honokaa
It might be a bit hard finding accommodation in Honokaa itself, as there are currently no options showing up on Expedia's travel guide. However, if you don't mind a commute, take a look at the Hale Kukui Orchard & Cottages, 1 mile away in Kukuihaele.
Situated in Honokaa, this vacation home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Hamakua Country Club and within 9 mi (15 km) of Kalopa State Recreation Area and Waipio Valley Lookout. Hiilawe Waterfall is 9.6 mi (15.4 km) away.
Located in Kukuihaele, this cottage is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Waipio Valley Lookout and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Hiilawe Waterfall. Hamakua Country Club is 10 mi (16.1 km) away.
Located in Kukuihaele, this cottage is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Waipio Valley Lookout and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Hiilawe Waterfall. Hamakua Country Club is 9.9 mi (16 km) away.
Located in Waipio, this vacation home is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Waipio Valley Lookout and 11.1 mi (17.8 km) from Hamakua Country Club. Hiilawe Waterfall and Kalopa State Recreation Area are also within 16 mi (25 km).
Situated in Honokaa, this vacation home is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Hamakua Country Club and within 12 mi (20 km) of Kalopa State Recreation Area and Waipio Valley Lookout. Hiilawe Waterfall and Parker Ranch Center are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is in Waikoloa on the Kohala Coast, a 5-minute drive from Puako Petroglyph Park and 15 minutes from the ruined ancient Hawaiian temple at Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site. The Shops at Mauna Lani mall is a 2-minute shuttle ride from the hotel.
Located 7 miles inland on the spectacular Kohala Coast, this resort is adjacent to Waikoloa Village Golf Course and shopping, and offers easy access to the Big Island's northern ranch highlands.
Part of the 1,839-acre Mauna Kea Resort on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii's Big Island, Hapuna Beach Resort is flanked by 2 golf courses and is a 20-minute drive from Waimea.