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Honokaa, HI

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Honokaa featuring general coastal views, landscape views and a gorge or canyon

Scenic drives and picturesque lookouts, local art galleries, golf and theater welcome travelers to the northeast coast of Hawai’i, the state’s scenic Big Island.

Honokaa is a community village situated on the northeast coast of Hawai’i Island, which is also known as Big Island. The friendly village faces the Pacific Ocean and is a gateway to the island’s Hamakua Coast, a region famous for its breathtaking scenery, postcard-perfect waterfalls and green valleys.

A good place to start your visit is in Honokaa’s historic downtown. Stroll along Mamane Street, where annual horse races were once held. Today the street has cafés and restaurants in addition to a handful of interesting antique stores and galleries. Visit the Big Island Glass Gallery to watch glass-blowing demonstrations and see local art exhibitions. On a Saturday morning, browse the farmers market for fresh, local produce.

Watch a movie, attend a concert or take part in dance and theater workshops at the Honokaa People’s Theater. It’s the biggest theater on the island and dates back to 1930. Play golf at the Hamakua Country Club, a short walk from Honokaa’s town center.

A highlight of visiting Honokaa is seeing the Waipio Valley. Rent a car and drive to the Waipio Valley Lookout, which presents uninterrupted views of the valley, cliffs and coastline. Hike, ride on horseback or join a four-wheel drive tour to beaches and waterfalls, including 1,450-feet (442-meter) tall Hiilawe Falls. Tours run from Honokaa and knowledgeable guides will share the stories and legends of the valley. On your way to the valley, stop by Neptune’s Garden Gallery and Waipio Valley Artworks to see displays of local arts and crafts.

Honokaa is about a 1-hour drive north from Hilo, the largest village on Hawai’i Island. Hilo has an international airport. You can catch a bus from Hilo to Honokaa, but most people rent a car because of the freedom it gives to explore the island at your own pace. Don’t miss the Hamakua Heritage Corridor, a coastal route between Hilo and Waipo Valley that includes waterfalls, rainforests, botanical gardens, beaches and picnic areas.

Serene, Restored House From Sugar Days With Sweeping Ocean Views
Serene, Restored House From Sugar Days With Sweeping Ocean Views
Honokaa, HI
Located in the heart of Honokaa, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Hamakua Heritage Corridor and within 6 mi (10 km) of Waipio Valley Lookout and Hiilawe ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (93 reviews)
Incredible location minutes from Waipeo Valley
"We had an incredible experience at this slice of a dream property. It is a true sanctuary. Communication with Marcel was fluid & the caretakers Marcus and Shigeko were delightful. A true gem of a property. From the land itself to the spa it was the perfect place for our family. If you are looking ..."

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2021

Serene, Restored House From Sugar Days With Sweeping Ocean Views
Vintage Farmhouse and Botanical Garden
Vintage Farmhouse and Botanical Garden
Honokaa, HI
This family-friendly Honokaa vacation home is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Kalopa State Recreation Area and Hamakua Heritage Corridor. Hawaiian ...
5/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Amazing out of the way Hawaiian stay
"This farmhouse exceeded expectations for an authentic experience and the owners are so thoughtful and helpful. The best rental we’ve stayed at so far."

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Vintage Farmhouse and Botanical Garden
Hawaii Life Rentals Presents Plantation Home in Historic Honokaa- Near Waipio
Hawaii Life Rentals Presents Plantation Home in Historic Honokaa- Near Waipio
Honokaa, HI
Situated by the sea, this historic vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Hamakua Heritage Corridor and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Hamakua Country Club. Waipio Valley ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
great place to stay
"The house is old but charming, clean, and conveniently located. We wanted to hike and explore Waipio Valley so that's why we chose this place. Yes, there are dogs and roosters as previously noted, but we couldn't hear them indoors. The local store had everything we needed. Overall we had a great ..."

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

Hawaii Life Rentals Presents Plantation Home in Historic Honokaa- Near Waipio
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Serene, Restored House From Sugar Days With Sweeping Ocean Views
Serene, Restored House From Sugar Days With Sweeping Ocean Views
Honokaa, HI
Located in the heart of Honokaa, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Hamakua Heritage Corridor and within 6 mi (10 km) of Waipio Valley Lookout and Hiilawe ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (93 reviews)
Incredible location minutes from Waipeo Valley
"We had an incredible experience at this slice of a dream property. It is a true sanctuary. Communication with Marcel was fluid & the caretakers Marcus and Shigeko were delightful. A true gem of a property. From the land itself to the spa it was the perfect place for our family. If you are looking ..."

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2021

Serene, Restored House From Sugar Days With Sweeping Ocean Views
Hawaii Life Rentals Presents Plantation Home in Historic Honokaa- Near Waipio
Hawaii Life Rentals Presents Plantation Home in Historic Honokaa- Near Waipio
Honokaa, HI
Situated by the sea, this historic vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Hamakua Heritage Corridor and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Hamakua Country Club. Waipio Valley ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
great place to stay
"The house is old but charming, clean, and conveniently located. We wanted to hike and explore Waipio Valley so that's why we chose this place. Yes, there are dogs and roosters as previously noted, but we couldn't hear them indoors. The local store had everything we needed. Overall we had a great ..."

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

Hawaii Life Rentals Presents Plantation Home in Historic Honokaa- Near Waipio
Hamakua Coast Home- Ocean Views, Private, Clean, Friendly
Hamakua Coast Home- Ocean Views, Private, Clean, Friendly
Honokaa, HI
Situated near the beach, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Hamakua Heritage Corridor and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kalōpā and Hamakua Country Club. Kalopa ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Perfect location and views
"We truly enjoyed our stay and are thankful for Rachel of sharing her extra home on her property with us. Just minutes from Waimea and Waipio, we enjoyed breakfast at Waimea coffee company and Grammas in Honokaa. The views at the place were breathtaking for dinner and the kitchen was well equipped. ..."

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

Hamakua Coast Home- Ocean Views, Private, Clean, Friendly
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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