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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.
Since there are only a few Expedia hotels in Kapaau and its immediate surroundings, you should book early if you are intent on staying locally.
Situated by the ocean, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kamehameha Park, Kenjis House, and King Kamehameha Statue. Kamehameha Statue and Big Island Eco Adventures 2 are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Kapaau, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Big Island Eco Adventures 2, Kenjis House, and Kamehameha Park. King Kamehameha Statue and Kamehameha Statue are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated by the ocean, this cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Kamehameha Park and Kenjis House. King Kamehameha Statue and Kamehameha Statue are also within 10 minutes.
Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Kenjis House, Kamehameha Park, and King Kamehameha Statue. Kamehameha Statue and ATV Outfitters are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated on the beach, this resort is within a 15-minute walk of Dolphin Quest and Seaside Putting Course. Kings Shops and Genesis Gallery are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Fronting a deep, half-mile stretch of beach on the sunny Kohala Coast, this family-friendly Waikoloa Beach resort is located next to 2 golf courses and across from the Kings' Shops and Queens' Marketplace.
This family-friendly Waikoloa hotel is located by the ocean, within a 15-minute walk of Waikoloa Kings Golf Course and Waikoloa Beach Golf Course. Kings Shops and Hapuna Beach State Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).
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.