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Stay in this historic village to be close to some of Big Island’s most scenic countryside and enjoy rich local customs that celebrate King Kamehameha I.

Kapa'au is a sleepy little village perfectly located to be a base for exploring the Big Island’s rugged coastal area. Stay in Kapa'au for easy access to great hiking trails through gorgeous scenery. Come at the right time of year to enjoy colorful customs specific to the town.

Certain Kapa'au traditions are bound up with the King Kamehameha I Statue. Kamehameha I was the unifier of the Hawaiian Islands. The statue was made in Europe in the late 19th century, shipped to Hawai'i, and lost at sea when the ship carrying it sank. The statue was later found in the Falklands, but in the meantime, a replacement had been commissioned. The original eventually made its way home to Kapa'au and the replacement now stands in Honolulu.

Visit Kapa'au on June 11 to enjoy the festivities held to commemorate the king. Watch all kinds of events, including a parade and outdoor games. The climax is a ceremonial draping of leis around the King Kamehameha I statue.

Make sure you take advantage of the major outdoor attractions nearby, such as Keokea Beach Park. This well-loved picnic spot is sheltered by imposing boulders and rugged cliffs. Head to Pololū Valley Overlook. Walk this stunning part of the coast for some of the best views anywhere on the island, as the waves crash onto the rocks below you.

Learn about local animals at Hawai'i Wildlife Center, a rescue and rehabilitation project. Plan your visit to coincide with one of the educational sessions or come at any time to look at the animals and read about the work done here.

From Kona International Airport, rent a car and get to Kapa'au in just over an hour. Because it’s a quiet place situated all the way up in the northernmost part of the island, having your own transportation is essential for exploring the magnificent landscapes all around.

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