Honokaa

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Scenic drives and picturesque lookouts, local art galleries, golf and theater welcome travelers to the northeast coast of Hawai’i, the state’s scenic Big Island.

Honokaa is a community village situated on the northeast coast of Hawai’i Island, which is also known as Big Island. The friendly village faces the Pacific Ocean and is a gateway to the island’s Hamakua Coast, a region famous for its breathtaking scenery, postcard-perfect waterfalls and green valleys.

A good place to start your visit is in Honokaa’s historic downtown. Stroll along Mamane Street, where annual horse races were once held. Today the street has cafés and restaurants in addition to a handful of interesting antique stores and galleries. Visit the Big Island Glass Gallery to watch glass-blowing demonstrations and see local art exhibitions. On a Saturday morning, browse the farmers market for fresh, local produce.

Watch a movie, attend a concert or take part in dance and theater workshops at the Honokaa People’s Theater. It’s the biggest theater on the island and dates back to 1930. Play golf at the Hamakua Country Club, a short walk from Honokaa’s town center.

A highlight of visiting Honokaa is seeing the Waipio Valley. Rent a car and drive to the Waipio Valley Lookout, which presents uninterrupted views of the valley, cliffs and coastline. Hike, ride on horseback or join a four-wheel drive tour to beaches and waterfalls, including 1,450-feet (442-meter) tall Hiilawe Falls. Tours run from Honokaa and knowledgeable guides will share the stories and legends of the valley. On your way to the valley, stop by Neptune’s Garden Gallery and Waipio Valley Artworks to see displays of local arts and crafts.

Honokaa is about a 1-hour drive north from Hilo, the largest village on Hawai’i Island. Hilo has an international airport. You can catch a bus from Hilo to Honokaa, but most people rent a car because of the freedom it gives to explore the island at your own pace. Don’t miss the Hamakua Heritage Corridor, a coastal route between Hilo and Waipo Valley that includes waterfalls, rainforests, botanical gardens, beaches and picnic areas.

Vintage Farmhouse and Botanical Garden
Vintage Farmhouse and Botanical Garden
44-3249A Kalaniai Rd, Honokaa, HI
This family-friendly Honokaa agritourism property is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Kalopa State Recreation Area and Hamakua Heritage Corridor. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Relaxing getaway
"Old fashioned relaxation was the highlight! Beautiful flowers to enjoy and the lovely Kalopa State Park is a short walk up the hill past horses and guava trees. It’s a 5 minute drive into Honokaa for groceries and cafes, a 30 minute drive to Waimea for more excitement, and 45 minutes to Hapuna Beach. ..."

Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2021

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Vintage Farmhouse and Botanical Garden
Private Honoka’a Apt. - Walk to Hiking Trails!
Private Honoka’a Apt. - Walk to Hiking Trails!
Honokaa, HI
Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Hamakua Heritage Corridor and Waipio Valley Lookout. Waipio Beach is 2 mi (3.2 km) ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (5 reviews)
Corona Virus non stay at this rental
"Don't have a clue. Because of travel restrictions due to Corona Virus, I didn't get to travel from Montana to Hawaii. I cancelled directly with my expected host, but now I seem to be getting the "run around" by whom ever has all my rental dollars. I would like my money back."

Reviewed on 2 Apr. 2020

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Private Honoka’a Apt. - Walk to Hiking Trails!
Hamakua Coast Home- Ocean Views, Private, Clean, Friendly
Hamakua Coast Home- Ocean Views, Private, Clean, Friendly
44-712 Hoolapa Ln, Honokaa, HI
Situated near the beach, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Hamakua Heritage Corridor and within 3 miles (5 km) of Kalōpā and Hamakua Country Club. Kalopa ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Private and peaceful oasis
"Loved our stay! This beautiful property is located in a lovely quiet area of the island away from the touristy hubbub of Kailua-Kona. In the morning, you wake to the gentle sounds of chickens crowing and cows mooing in the distance, no traffic sounds at all! We cooked dinner in most nights, grilling ..."

Reviewed on 30 Sep. 2021

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Hamakua Coast Home- Ocean Views, Private, Clean, Friendly
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Private Honoka’a Apt. - Walk to Hiking Trails!
Private Honoka’a Apt. - Walk to Hiking Trails!
Honokaa, HI
Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Hamakua Heritage Corridor and Waipio Valley Lookout. Waipio Beach is 2 mi (3.2 km) ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (5 reviews)
Corona Virus non stay at this rental
"Don't have a clue. Because of travel restrictions due to Corona Virus, I didn't get to travel from Montana to Hawaii. I cancelled directly with my expected host, but now I seem to be getting the "run around" by whom ever has all my rental dollars. I would like my money back."

Reviewed on 2 Apr. 2020

Private Honoka’a Apt. - Walk to Hiking Trails!
Hamakua Coast Home- Ocean Views, Private, Clean, Friendly
Hamakua Coast Home- Ocean Views, Private, Clean, Friendly
44-712 Hoolapa Ln, Honokaa, HI
Situated near the beach, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Hamakua Heritage Corridor and within 3 miles (5 km) of Kalōpā and Hamakua Country Club. Kalopa ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Private and peaceful oasis
"Loved our stay! This beautiful property is located in a lovely quiet area of the island away from the touristy hubbub of Kailua-Kona. In the morning, you wake to the gentle sounds of chickens crowing and cows mooing in the distance, no traffic sounds at all! We cooked dinner in most nights, grilling ..."

Reviewed on 30 Sep. 2021

Hamakua Coast Home- Ocean Views, Private, Clean, Friendly
"The land of Sunshine" - fantastic ocean views, peaceful, romantic getaway
"The land of Sunshine" - fantastic ocean views, peaceful, romantic getaway
44-541 Hoomau Street, Honokaa, HI
Situated in Honokaa, this historic cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Hamakua Heritage Corridor and within 3 miles (5 km) of Kalōpā and Hamakua Country Club. Kalopa ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (90 reviews)
Perfect Paradise!
"We stayed here for our honeymoon, from the moment we landed Jim helped guide us to their location, he gave us a tour of where we’d be staying. Jim and Kim are both so friendly and helpful! The views from balcony are beautiful and there’s lots of geckos that roam around and are fun to hang out with ..."

Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2021

"The land of Sunshine" - fantastic ocean views, peaceful, romantic getaway
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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