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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.
There are limited hotels near Kawaihae on the Expedia lodging page, so it's wise to reserve a room early.
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 beachfront resort is located in Waikoloa, close to Dolphin Quest, Anaehoomalu Beach, and Seaside Putting Course. Also nearby are Genesis Gallery and Kings Shops.
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.
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.
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 Anaehoomalu Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).
An architectural trend-setter on the Big Island of Hawaii, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel features golf, gardens, and 1,600 Pacific and Asian artworks; Waimea is 13 miles away, and Hawi is 21 miles away.
Nestled along the Kona-Kohala Coast with a beach, the luxury resort is 7 mi (11 km) from the airport, 21 mi (34 km) from Holualoa Village, and 99 mi (159 km) from the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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.