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What You’ll Love About Kohala

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The Amenities

The Big Island might be known for its large resorts around Kailua-Kona, but Kohala’s resorts stand among the best, complete with world-class accommodations, fine dining, beautiful beaches, and golf courses.

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The Employment

Kohala is largely a sparsely developed area, with small communities popping up throughout the region, predominantly around large resorts or, in Waimea, Parker Ranch. Tourism, hospitality, and retail are major employment sectors.

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The Weather

Whether you’re looking for sunny skies and perpetual beach weather or lush green rainforest and verdant valleys, Kohala has something to offer. Rainfall in the area varies from less than 5 inches to over 150 inches!

Come Explore Life in Kohala

Just 20 miles north of Kailua-Kona on the northwest portion of the Big Island lies the tranquil and stunningly beautiful community of Kohala. Nestled into a breathtaking volcanic landscape of black and red lava rocks are verdant oases and some of Hawaii’s most exquisite resort getaways. Kohala is divided into two main districts, South Kohala and the less-populated North Kohala. It encompasses the communities of Halaua, Hawi, and Kapa’au, as well as the dominant Kohala Mountain, oldest of the five major volcanic mountains on the Big Island.

What Future Residents Should Know About Kohala

What's the Weather Like?

The weather of Kohala ranges hugely in short spans of space. Along the western shoreline, sunny skies stand predominant, yielding less than 10 inches of rain a year. Heading inland or northwards, rainfall increases, reaching as much as 160 inches annually.

A rainfall map of the Big Island of Hawaii.

Should I Be Worried About Volcanoes?

Volcano worry? Not much in Kohala. Though it’s home to Kohala Mountain, the volcano is inactive, and the community sits north of other lava flow zones across the island, making it one of the most lava-safe communities on the Big Island.

Kohala's Best Attractions and Activities

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Favorite Attractions

Golfing. Spas. Fine dining. Beautiful beaches. Stunning historic sites. Breathtaking natural areas. Even cowboy culture… You can find it all here in Kohala, from Hawi to Waimea. Waiokeola is also home to plenty of stores and restaurants.


Culture & History

Kohala is home to numerous rich historic and cultural sites, including the original statue of King Kamehamea and a spiritual temple at his birthsite. Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site is another must-see for Hawaiian history.

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Parks & Recreation

Love to be outside? Kohala is the place for you. The region is home to truly breathtaking beaches, like Hapuna Beach Park and Spencer Beach Park. Kawaihae is home to the Kawaihae Canoe Club. And Pololu Valley Lookout is simply breathtaking.


Shopping & Dining

Kohala is home to many unique communities, where you can find an abundance of amenities. In Waiea, you’ll find everything from grocery and convenience to shops and restaurants. Hawi is home to several small businesses. And Waikoloa features tons of boutiques and eateries.

Kohala Quick Facts

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Quick Facts

North Kohala Communities: Halaʻula, Hāwī, Kapaʻau
South Kohala Communities: Puako, Waikoloa Village, Waimea
County: Hawaii


Travel & Commute

Airports: Upolu Airport, Waimea-Kohala Airport
Roads: Akoni Pule Highway, Hawaii Belt Road, Kohala Mountain Road

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