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Kawaihae is a historic seaside town on Hawai’i Big Island’s western coast. Visit Kawaihae to experience the town’s fine seafood, art galleries, fascinating history and exciting watersports. Embark on a charter boat adventure from Kawaihae Harbor and spot whales or drop a fishing line.
Wander along Kawaihae Harbor’s man-made break wall and watch the surf rolling in on its outer side. This surf beach, known as Pua Ka ‘Ilima ‘o Kawaihae Cultural Surf Park, is a popular spot for visitors and local surfers looking for unrestricted swell on the island’s western side. Walk across the harbor to find Kawaihae Canoe Club and a boat ramp. Rent a canoe and explore the calm waters of the reef-bottomed harbor.
Take a stroll through the town to find a fresh fish market and a selection of restaurants serving regional seafood. Try local poke, a raw seafood salad often made with yellow-fin tuna or octopus. Kawaihae village is filled with fascinating art galleries and local craft stores, where you can find handmade items crafted using traditional and contemporary techniques.
Explore south of the harbor to find Puʻukoholā Heiau, a national historic site where you can find the ruins of an ancient Hawai’ian temple. Public access to the sacred site is not allowed, but you can follow an interpretive trail from the national park visitor center to the border of the site. Kawaihae was the seat of the Kingdom of Hawai’i during the rule of King Alapaʻinuiakauaua. King Kamehameha I later built the temple during his rule in the late 18th century.
Head north along the coast to find Pua Mau Place, a lush botanical garden filled with tropical flowers. Visit the aviary and see beautifully plumed peacocks. Relax in the picnic area and take in gorgeous views of the Kohala coast.
Kawaihae is located approximately 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of Kailua-Kona on Hawai’i’s Big Island. Reach Kawaihae by car, charter tour or boat into the harbor.
You may not find a massive range of places to stay in Kawaihae, so be sure to investigate the latest listings and deals on Expedia's hotels guide.
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).
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.
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).
Situated in Kamuela, this luxury condo is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Great 4-D Movie Ride and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kings Shops and Genesis Gallery. Waikoloa Kings Golf Course and Dolphin Quest are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This 7-story Waikoloa beachfront hotel located on an island is adjacent to two golf courses and within a 5-minute drive of King's Shops and petroglyphs. Anaehoomalu Bay is a mile away.
Situated in Waikoloa, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Waikoloa Beach Golf Course and Kings Shops. Waikoloa Kings Golf Course and Genesis Gallery are also within 1 mi (2 km).
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.
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.