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About Kohala Hawaii
The true, authentic Hawaii awaits you in Kohala. Located on the Island of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island, Kohala encompasses the historic districts of South and North Kohala. Come immerse yourself in our rich culture and heritage, rooted in centuries of history. Enjoy our picturesque towns of Hawi and Kapaau. These towns have all the quaint charm of old Hawaiian villages and are filled with the amenities of today. Kohala is home to unique galleries and boutiques, fabulous eateries offering local and regional cuisine and historical landmarks and buildings. If you like the thrill of adventure, Kohala offers more than a few activities! Come visit lush, green Kohala, breathe in the fresh, clean air, experience the essence of Aloha and you'll understand why Kohala, Hawaii is a destination like no other and a must-see in the Hawaiian Islands.
Visiting Kohala allows you to sample a taste of Old Hawaii. One of the most historic regions in Hawaii, Kohala is the birthplace of King Kamehameha who united the Hawaiian Islands under one kingdom in 1795. A statue of Kamehameha the Great stands in Kapaau and is honored every year in June on his birthday with a lei draping ceremony. The King Kamehameha Day celebration includes a grand parade and festival complete with entertainment of music and hula, regional cuisine, arts and crafts from local artisans and historical and cultural exhibits. Kohala was also one of the largest producers of sugar cane with numerous mills throughout the North Kohala region. The last mill closed in the mid 1970s and much of the land today is used for private stewardship or the production of agricultural crops. Kohala boasts a unique multicultural heritage and history where Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Asian, European, Latino, Anglo and other cultural influences are a part of everyday life.
Whether you want to shop for beautiful locally made jewelry, sample local organic fruit and veggies from the Kohala Farmers Market, try zip lining or scuba diving, cxperience a Kohala waterfalls adventure, explore unique artist owned galleries, enjoy Kohala’s events and festivals, get a facial or massage, sample local cuisines from Kohala’s restaurants and cafes, or hike into remote valleys with black sand beaches, Kohala has you covered.
You’ll feel the warmth and graciousness of our community when you're eating at one of our Pacific Rim restaurants, shopping at one of our many specialty shops and galleries, experiencing the rush of zip lining or enjoying our beautiful events and festivals and talented, award winning musicians. Past and present merge gracefully to present a timeless Kohala where life relaxes a bit and you can move at your own pace.
Come for the day or stay and play for the weekend or week for that matter! Kohala welcomes guests with a large selection of inviting accommodations that include lovely vacation rental homes, cottages, bungalows, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, a retreat center and a quaint plantation style inn.
When visiting Kohala, you’ll find its spectacular weather - perfect for outdoor activities, including swimming, diving, snorkeling, hiking, biking, horseback riding, ATV tours, ziplining tours, kayak ditch tours, tennis and playing on some of Hawaii’s best golf courses along the Kohala Coast. No matter what your adventure, you are sure to have an incredible experience!
The beauty of Kohala will leave you in awe with charming historic plantation towns set amidst a backdrop of the dramatic Kohala Mountains and rugged Kohala coast and an endless, timeless blue sky that are cooled by the Kohala trade winds.
Kohala is truly a magical place with a warm, enduring spirit. From the kindness of its community residents to its breathtaking beauty, Kohala is a place that inspires, amazes and replenishes the soul. Come experience the spectacular culture, abundance of activities and breathtaking landscape that are uniquely Kohala!
Come Experience Kohala, Hawaii…The Adventure Awaits!