The Big Island
NOTHING IS SMALL ABOUT THIS PLACE.
If you enjoy living a big life, there’s more to love at Hokuli‘a. Larger than all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, the Big Island is big indeed. Majestic volcanoes, black lava fields, rolling green pastures, rugged coastlines and numerous beaches are all within your reach.
Volcanoes National Park
The park is the largest in the state. And the only place in Hawai‘i where active volcanoes continue to create new land, expelling molten lava to the surface. Visit park website.
Pu‘uhonua Honaunau National Historic Park (City of Refuge)
This is where kapu-breakers (individuals who violated a sacred law) sought refuge from their pursuers. If they could reach the city of refuge, they would be saved. Located approximately 15 minutes south of Hokuli‘a. Visit park website.
Pu‘ukohola Heiau National Historic Site
One of the largest preserved heiaus (ancient places of worship) in Hawai‘i and a national historic site. It was originally constructed under the rule of King Kamehameha I, to honor the God of War, Pu‘ukohola, in hopes that it would bring the end to a war in the late 1700’s. Visit park website.
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
Part Hawaiian cultural center, part astronomy museum, ‘Imiloa (meaning explore/explorer) provides an educational and cultural complement to the research being conducted atop 14,000-foot Mauna Kea. Hawai‘i’s cultural traditions, legacy of exploration and the wonders of astronomy are shown through exhibits, shows and educational events. Visit the website.
THERE IS NOWHERE LIKE IT ON EARTH.
Once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i, Kailua-Kona served as the seat of power for King Kamehameha I. It is rich in historic significance, and is home to both Ahu‘ena, the last royal residence of King Kamehameha, and the first Christian church established in Hawai‘i — Mokuaikaua Church.
Now the center of commerce on the west side of the Big Island, this charming town offers a variety of shops and restaurants, some, run by families for several generations. This is also home to the annual Kona Coffee Festival, Hawai‘i’s oldest food festival, located just a few minutes from Hokuli‘a.
Deep Sea Fishing
One of the premiere destinations for big game sport fishing. Kona’s deep waters are home to yellowfin ahi (tuna), striped marlin, mahimahi (dorado), ono (wahoo), spearfish and the ultimate prize, the Pacific blue marlin.
Snorkeling & Diving
Kona’s coastline provides some of the best snorkeling and diving anywhere in the world. Keauhou Bay is world-renowned for manta ray watching. Locals will tell you that the best diving spots are just off Hokuli‘a’s shoreline, including Nawawa Bay and Driftwood. They’ll also tell you to keep that a secret.
Surfing, Paddle Boarding & Kayaking
For those seeking adventure on the water, the Kona coast does not disappoint. It is home to some of the best surf breaks in Hawai‘i and to an impressive array of bays offering great kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling. Adventure is just outside your front door at Hokuli‘a.
Humpback whales return to Hawai‘i every year to give birth and nurture their newborn in warm waters of the Islands. From December to March, there are so many whales in these waters, it’s nearly impossible to not see a mother and calf together.
The Big Island is known for its dramatic, rocky coastlines. But there are many beautiful sandy beaches as well. Kua Bay, Hapuna Beach, Kahaluu Beach (renowned as the best snorkel spot on the west coast), Makalawena, Kekaha Kai, White Sand Beach and Green Sand Beach. Click here to learn more about the Beaches of the Big Island.