Island of Hawaii Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • Michael Denis M
    Castlewellan, UK338 contributions
    Traveling, north from Kona, past the great resorts of the Big Island’s Kohala Coast, you’ll be enchanted by the glorious coastline. The drive takes you through the little town of Hawi, close to the birthplace of King Kahmehameha I, who was the great monarch to unite the Islands in his Kingdom. There is a magnificent statue of the King prominently placed in the town. Proceeding onwards to the end of the road, you reach Pololu Valley. For those of a hiking disposition, you can make your way to the dandy floor. The view of the valley and the coastline from the roadway is certainly worth a gasp and a picture or two. Well worth a morning’s ride Drive home by way of Paniolo Country - the Ranch and Cowboy lands - to the little town of Waimea. Enjoy!
    Written 7 September 2022
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  • Sam K
    Oakland, CA2 contributions
    Spectacular views from the lookout. Road was very steep and wouldn't recommend without an AWD. It was steep hike (difficult heading down and then obviously back up).
    Written 20 July 2022
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  • osuangie07
    Newport, OR134 contributions
    A nice quaint beach within a private housing development. We were able to get a pass and go in after lunch time. Unexpectedly the snorkeling was quite good and not too many people. They had a shower. Be aware the beach is black sand so it’s HOT! A
    Great little spot
    Written 16 September 2022
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  • Rondella1
    Greensboro, North Carolina225 contributions
    This by far was our favorite beach! It has everything! snorkeling, beach, shade from the trees and lots of sun. There are areas that are rocky but walking down there are places sandy areas. There is a restroom present and an area to shower off the sandy. Large parking lot stays full. Pack a cooler with drinks, sandwiches and snacks. It's a great place to spend the day!
    Written 2 July 2022
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  • Larry S
    2 contributions
    My wife and I had a fantastic dinner with a gorgeous sunset view at the Kahua Ranch. Fun activities include roping instructions, horseshoe and cornhole games, branding, and live country music with dancing. Even a line dance lesson. You will learn the fascinating history of the Hawaiian cowboy, the Paiolo, and see and learn about a working cattle ranch. A part of Hawaii most don't see. Highly recommend!
    Written 29 August 2022
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  • Paula C
    1 contribution
    It was a great experience to be so close to an organism that you usually are not able to be so close with. I learned a lot and enjoyed being able to interact with them. I highly recommend it.
    Written 24 September 2022
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  • Gloria Z
    16 contributions
    You’ll enjoy this if you like slightly hilly, long hikes with a continuous good view. Bring sunscreen and a hat, although make sure it’s snug because there’s wind (how we survived the sun — but we all still ended up with a distinct shorts tan). We decided to walk instead of take rides from the locals (some rides looked really rough bc the roads are rutted and uneven). It’s a total 6 miles RT on reddish-dirt hills with grooves and intersecting paths which all lead to the same place. At the end of the trails, you end up on the opposite side of the cliff where the trucks are parked. You can hike over and then you’ll see a picnic table. Then it’s a short steep walk down to the green sand beach. From quite early on in the hike, you can already see the green tint but on the beach you can see actual translucent green specs in the sand. We saw lots of people swimming once we got down. Don’t wear white shoes, bring plenty of water, and take the trails near the ocean for the view!
    Written 22 August 2022
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  • Richard K
    Memphis, TN929 contributions
    You need a flashlight and good shoes, not flip flops. There’s a steep set of stairs and then there are two caves. Your cellphone flashlight isn’t strong enough to go too far into the cave. Enter at your own risk. Park across the street. They have a small restroom available too. Free admission.
    Written 7 September 2022
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  • Kaotic75
    Dorr, MI8 contributions
    We stopped because a driving app suggested it.. didn't know that it was going to be one of the highlights of the day. The coffee was awesome and the tour was fun and informative. Now I know why I don't care for the popular coffee stores!! Tried the frsh peppercorn that they have started to grow and many samples.. vought way more than I had planned. The flowers on the property are beautiful also.Plan on ordering in the future.
    Written 23 September 2022
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  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,809 contributions
    Waipio Valley in Hawaii is possibly the best view in the States. I've traveled a lot around America and was absolutely blown away by the beauty of this place. The beach, cliffs, ocean, everything. I so wish I could go down to the valley, at least the lookout is open. I was here for about 20 minutes and it was sunny at first then started to pour rain so I got great photos of the two scenarios. Beautiful place and well worth a visit.
    Written 23 September 2022
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  • Kaotic75
    Dorr, MI8 contributions
    Super cute church, with knowledgeable volunteer staff. Knew all about the church and the grounds. Very well maintained and tith flowers everywhere.
    Written 23 September 2022
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  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,809 contributions
    I visited Kona with my family and we wanted to visit a Coffee plantation and found this one. At first we were skeptical because of the steep price but decided we were on vacation so why not. Turns out, the coffee farm was a great attractions. The grounds were beautiful and the people working here were very friendly and informative. We loved the mill and Japanese home. The people working at the mill and home were great! I learned so much. I would definitely recommend coming here.
    Written 17 September 2022
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  • Gloria Z
    16 contributions
    Great views, nice swimming area although the beach is rocky so we didn’t go in. We were one of the only cars there (weekday, mid-afternoon) and did a short self-guided tour using the trail maps located at the front of the park. I wish there was more information but there were basic explanations showing old canoe storage areas, houses, and salt-making stations (see photo). There were picnic benches so we took a lunch break there.
    Written 22 August 2022
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  • George H
    San Jose, CA43 contributions
    We enjoyed the docent interaction at the Keck headquarters in Waimea, where it was possible to get insight into today's astronomy activities and the amazing work being performed with the optical systems on top of Mauna Kea. This trip we drove up to the mountain top (yes, you really do have to have 4WD), stopping the recommended 30 minutes at the 9,000 foot visitors center, and then proceeding to the 14,000 foot top where we were able to enter the Keck observatory visitor space and get a view of one of the two large telescopes.
    There are commercially available tours if you prefer to let someone else drive and have a guide along.
    Written 10 March 2020
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  • wellyhelly
    Thousand Oaks, CA47 contributions
    I visited Kaawaloa (Captain Cook
    Monument) a while ago. It’s a good hike with great views. Bring enough water because the hike can be strenuous and there’s not a lot of shade. Some people hide water on the way down so they don’t have to carry it all. While hiking poles are not totally necessary I found them to be an excellent addition to help prevent sore knees.
    Written 16 August 2022
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