Among Big Island's white sand spots, this one stands out and is regularly ranked among the top beaches in the world. The sand is sugar-fine, warm and clean and stretches as far as the eye can see. The waves are deep blue in the distance, foamy when they hit the shore. The half-mile strip also has great facilities like a paved walkway leading from the parking lot, which is a rarity in Hawaii!
This is one of the Big Island's best places to swim, sunbathe, picnic and bodysurf. A dirt road off Highway 19 (aka Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway), leads out to Mahai'ula Beach, where a picturesque crescent of golden sand meets the head of a protected bay. Kua Bay, located about a four-mile hike north from the beach, is a good place for more activities. Divers frequently visit the underwater tunnels and the shipwreck off shore. In vehicles that aren't four-wheelers, drives down the one-mile unpaved road to the beach will be a difficult one.
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.
Located inside the Hilton Waikoloa Village, this dolphin habitat draws visitors from up and down the big island of Hawaii. Dolphin Quest Hawaii offers a variety of programs and encounters for everyone from children to couples. Guests and visitors have the chance to learn about these extraordinary creatures through fun and educational programs. See their website for more information.
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.
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.
Located adjacent to the ball fields at Waimea Park, this community center hosts many activities and meetings. It is an older building that has seen better days, but the joy it brings to all those who use it keep the atmosphere lively and energetic. The small, one-story structure offers a district office, several large activity rooms and a small parking lot. The center is the site where seniors gather for craft and fitness classes, and it is also the site where election polls are set up. There are karate and aikido classes, line dancing classes and even ping pong classes on offer.