One of the more noticeable art galleries in the North Kohala area, this gallery sits along the roadside in an old renovated plantation home. The art cooperative most famous resident is Kenji Yokohama. He grew up on the homestead in an area that was a bustling plantation town. Today, the house consists of a museum, artist studios and galleries in a lush and tropical setting. Artists come for inspiration the North Kohala area, which provides others to come a bit of history and enjoy the amazing talents that have developed in this small plantation home.
Estimated to be between 200 and 1000 years old, these eerie, timeless remnants of Hawaii's past are at the end of a 0.7 mile paved trail. The trail is easy to maneuver and the scenery is amazing. The first part travels over a vast expanse of lava rock. Eventually it leads into a dry wood forest where crude symbols are carved into large rocks. The historic site is located in the Holoholokai Beach Park.
Kahilu Theatre is a local theater that was founded with the aim of encouraging creativity and innovation. The diverse shows staged here explore different aspects of performing arts and entertain audiences as well. This theater can accommodate 490 patrons and hosts drama, comedy shows, musicals, concert series and similar gigs. Also, the venue can be rented for private events and functions. For more details, check website or call ahead.
This special ranch is located about an hour from Kona International Airport and just 15 minutes from the Waikoloa resorts at the 12,500-foot level of the Kohala Mountains. The ranch is situated in the midst of the small ranching town of Waimea where horses, cowboys and saddles don’t afford a second look. The ranch is over 100 years old and the historical value continues today in the preservation of the area’s history, artifacts and collections that are unique to Hawaii. The ranch has a wonderful gift shop filled with unique and special gifts. Tours are scheduled daily for those who want to be introduced to a special part of Hawaii’s history and culture.
A visit to this site is a visit to one of the most historical and revered heiau in all of Polynesia. Located on a hill between Spencer Beach Park and Kawaihae Harbor, this heiau is dedicated to the Hawaiian War God Ku. It is the location where King Kamehameha launched the unification of the Hawaiian Islands after the death of Keoua. The area is sunny and warm, and the experience includes a short video, a gift shop and several attendants that will answer any questions and provide local insight to the temple, the area and more.
The tallest peak in Hawai'i, Mauna Kea is famed for snow dusted slopes through the winter season. Natural deposits left by Ice Age glaciers are easily visible to any science buff. People with an interest in archaeology may want to hike the 40-minute path to Lake Waiau, where an archaeological site still shows remnants of ancient pre-contact Hawai'i. Plenty of other people come here to get a good look at the island from the vantage point of 13,000 feet above sea level. Note: Limited access to rental cars. Check before attempting to make the drive.
Located near the corner of Mamalahoa Highway and Lindsay Road in the heart of the small ranching town of Waimea, this charming art gallery is full of unique works of art that are often overlooked by the larger island galleries. The art shows feature island artists and serve as a showplace for community talent, budding artists and other causes. The gallery was founded in 1974 and is housed in Waimea's original firehouse. The building retains its original tin roof and plantation-era exterior. The gallery is active in promoting and stimulating interest in the community for the fine arts.
This Waimea landmark is at the very heart of the ranching and equestrian community of North Kohala on the Big Island of Hawaii. The area is the site for several rodeo events that begin in late spring and continue until Labor Day. The most popular events are the Independence Day and Labor Day events. The rodeo events showcase a group of island ranchers who compete in bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and more. The arena has a large and comfortable grandstand, a racetrack, lots of parking space and beautiful views of Mauna Kea and the Kohala Mountains.
The art of Hawai'i and Polynesia has a distinctive style that appeals to a variety of people from around the world. Visit this gallery and see it for yourself. The upcountry venue features the work of some of Hawaii's best artists and crafters. You will see paintings and sculptures, jewelry, Koa wood furniture and Hawaiian quilts. Also available are tribal art of the Pacific and pieces from Indonesia and New Guinea.
A visit to this island art gallery requires a drive past wide open countryside, green pastures, grazing cattle, horses and perhaps even snow-capped Mauna Kea in the winter months. Located 2300 feet above sea level in the upland beauty of what islanders refer to as Waimea, this art gallery is a wonderful spot for browsing for local art treasures. The gallery is a unique consortium of private education and a multitude of artists. The gallery's collection contains paintings, sculpture, glass, photography and woodwork. It's worth the drive.