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What You’ll Love About Hamakua

A nature trail through dense tropical forest in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The Amenities

Hamakua is a quiet region of lush forests and long, scenic drives, but it’s home to a few small communities, like Honokaa Town, offering some shops. For more, Hilo and Waipi’o are only a short drive away.

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The Beauty

Known for its thousands of acres of protected rainforests and rugged mountain trails, Hamakua is a perfect place for outdoor adventures and lovers of natural beauty.

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The Weather

Its above-average rainfall has created a lush botanical paradise throughout the Hamakua district, welcoming verdant tropical rainforests, stunning green valleys, and an abundance of waterfalls.

Come Explore Life in Hamakua

Stretching 50 miles along the rugged Pacific coastline of the northeastern Big Island, Hamakua is a breathtakingly beautiful and truly unique district of lush rainforests, rocky shores, and cascading waterfalls. It reaches from Hilo to the south and Waipi’o to the north, reaching inwards incorporate the island’s two largest mountains, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

What Future Residents Should Know About Hamakua

What's the Weather Like?

Mostly northeastly tropical trade winds produces significant rainfall that makes the vegetation throughout the district particularly lush and verdant. It makes for absolutely spectacular natural beauty.

A rainfall map of the Big Island of Hawaii.

Should I Be Worried About Volcanoes?

Though it’s home to Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, Hamakua is actually at a very low risk of lava flow—and is actually home to some of the safest communities on the island. Take a look at the map to learn more.

Hamakua's Best Attractions and Activities

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Local Attractions

Hamakua is mostly known for its breathtaking natural beauty, but it’s also home to some shopping districts, like Historic Honokaa Town, and several astronomical observatories, mostly situated around or on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

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Culture & History

Under the shadow of the watchful Mauna Kea, many sugarcane plantations sprang to life along the Hamakua Coast, and with them, several sugar mills. Today, the district’s crops include papaya and mango, coffee, and macadamia nuts.

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Parks & Rec

Explore the breathtaking beauty of the Hamakua Coast with a drive through the Hamakua Heritage Corridor. Must-see natural phenomena include the Umuma Falls of the World Botanical Gardens, the 442-foot Akaka Falls, and the Waipio Valley Lookout.



Hamakua is a largely rural and agricultural community (with a few tourist-driven businesses like resorts, shops, and restaurants). It’s also home to the Mauna Kea Observatory and its Thirty Meter Telescope.

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Shopping & Dining

You can find several local boutiques, shops, and eateries throughout the Hamakua Coast, particularly in small towns like Honokaa Town. More amenities and business can be found in nearby Hilo and Waipi'o.

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Though it stretches 60 miles along the coastline and is not home to any major towns or cities, Hamakua is home to a vibrant culture richly connected to the land, to its history, and to its families.

Hamakua Quick Facts

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Quick Facts

Communities: Ahualoa, Honoka’a, Pa’auilo, Papa’aloa
County: Hawaii
Other Names: Hamakua Coast


Travel & Commute

To Papa'aloa from Honoka'a: 30 min
To Waimea from Honokaa: 20 min
To Hilo fromPapa'aloa: 30 min
Major Highways: Hawaii Belt Road

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