Since the area that surrounds the Kohala Coast is made from deposited volcano lava, you will have a hard time not noticing the splendid palm trees, flowers and the emerald green trees. Down by the beach you will find pleasure domes that rise up in the air to give you a great view. This is where you will find the private jet owners and the multimillionaires. Although you don't have to be rich or famous to visit the area. You can enjoy the luxuries of Mauna Lani, Mauna Kea and Waikoloa without shelling out thousands of dollars.
These areas are open to the public for little to no charge, meaning you and the entire family can enjoy the luxuries of the beaches, golf courses and shopping centers at little to no cost. Now we enter North Kohala. Here you will learn that the seven sugar mills here once shipped enough sugar to sweeten all of the coffee in San Francisco. Hawi was a flourishing town and home to the enormous sugar factory, Kohala Sugar Co.
Today, the town is a remnant of its former self. You will find three blocks of vintage shops as it is one of the minor tourist regions of the area. Further east you will find Waimea, an old country cow town between the coasts of the island. The country is some of the most beautiful in all of Hawaii here. You will be treated to wide open areas littered with hills, covered in luscious green grass, and real farmers who raise cows for a living. Here you will also find the Keck Telescope, which is the largest and most powerful of its kind in the world. You will be able to stay at several affordable bed and breakfasts as well as camping if you so desire.
Kohala Coast has some of the finest vacation spots. There are many places you can go when touring the Kohala Coast including Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, Hapuna Beach State Park, and Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site.
North Kohala is a historic site in South Maui. If you happen to be in North Kohala, you should grab the opportunities to visit the tourism destinations such as Hawi, Mookini Heiau State Monument, Kamehameha Statue, Pololu Valley Lookout and Lapakahi State Historical Park. Hawi is a small city located in the northern most of the Hawaii. Although it covers a small area, it is the largest town in North Kohala. There are many art galleries and shops you can visit at the town. Hawi used to have a thriving sugar plantation industry. Kohala Sugar maintained the sugar plantations in Hawi until the 1970s. After the company shut down the sugar plantations, lesser people come to the town. While at Hawi, you can visit the historical buildings. Most historical buildings at the town date back to the 1800s. In the west side of the town, there is a Upolu Airport. Tourists can take a walk along the tree tunnel.
Kamehameha Statue can be found in facing towards the Iolani Palace. The statue was built by King David Kalakaua at the birthplace of King Kamehameha I. A sculptor from Italy named Thomas Gould sculptured the statue.
Mookini Heiau State Monument is a 1,500 years old monument. It used to be the temple where the native people carry out human sacrifice to their pagan gods. If you continue to travel south, you will find the Kamehameha Akahi Aina Hanau sign. The sign can be found near the thick stonewall. The thick stonewall has a sign that indicates the place of birth of King Kamehameha I. Tourists who are visiting the site should not remove the rocks.
Pololu Valley Lookout is situated at the Highway 270. It is the first valley out of the five valleys that stretch from Honokea and Waimanu. If you want to look up into the Pololu Valley, you have to take a trip down the steep trail. When traveling down to the valley, you can observe the beautiful scenery of the valley.
Lakapahi State Historical Park offers tourists the opportunities to explore the ruins of the fishing village. The admission to the Lakapahi State Historical Park is free of charge. To visit the park, you must come in between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. If you want to participate in the guided tour, you must make reservation. Tourists who participate in the self-guided tour can visit the houses as well as the long house. During the self-guided tour, you can visit the area where the people perform spear-throwing activities
Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve offers more than 3,000 rock arts. The rock art preserve is situated near to the Mauna Lani resort. If you take the Highway 19, you will find a trail. You can obtain a map for the trail from the Mauna Lani Hotel. The Malama trail is about 1.5 miles long. You can visit the trail during the morning, as it will be cooler. The long shadow that appears in the morning enables you to capture the best photo. Half of the trail is paved while the other half is not paved. Since the trail is made from hard lava, you should walk on it with a shoe instead of bare feet. You must bring water and sunglasses because of the hot weather. As you travel on the trail, you will see stones that feature different types of petroglyph. Most of the petroglyphs depict figures of people such as chiefs, dancers and etc. Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve has one of the largest collections of petroglyphs. The Puuloa Petroglyphs has the largest collection in Hawaii. You can access the Puuloa Petroglyphs at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. When exploring the petroglyphs, be sure not to use your hands to touch them because they can cause damages.
Hapuna Beach is the most beautiful beach in Hawaii Big Island. The beach is suitable for kids. Large waves will beat against the Hapuna Beach during the winter months. The gradual of the wave during the summer can reach up to 200 feet wide. Surfing during the winter can be dangerous the best time to surf at the beach is during the summer months. There are several lifeguards at the beach. Hapuna Beach can be accessed through the Hapuna Beach State Park. However, the lifeguards are not always on duty. You can find the Hapuna Beach in the middle of Mauna Ke’a Beach and Mauna Lani resort.
Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site features the Puukohala Heaiau, which was once dedicated to King Kamehameha. Camping is not permitted at the park. If you want to camp, you can visit other sites such as Spencer Beach Park. There are plenty of outdoor activities you can carry out at the park including hiking, whale watching, and bird watching and picnicking.
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