Monday, December 10, 2012

Day Trip to Hawi

Located about an hour's drive north of Holualoa, the historic, sugar-plantation town of Hawi is a must-see destination when visiting the Big Island. In Hawi Town, vintage buildings along the street have been converted into art galleries, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Although it might seem like a "one-horse town," charming Hawi offers much to explore.

For lunch or dinner, try Sushi Rock, a great little hideaway that offers Island-fresh salads, seafood and dozens of choices of rolls and sashimi. With its on-site art gallery and boutique, Bamboo Restaurant is a popular culinary destination for tourists and residents alike. Another find, Zest Kitchen offers excellent entrees at affordable prices. After lunch, take time to peruse the charming boutiques, especially As Hawi Turns, which showcases a fantastic selection of unique items and Hawaiiana keepsakes.

Venture a half mile to the adjacent town of Kapaau, where the original commissioned statue of King Kamehameha I stands sentry by the courthouse. Lost at sea while en route to the Big Island, the statue was recovered from the ocean and brought to Kohala, where in 1912 it was erected in Kapaau.
The birthplace of Kamehameha the Great, the area of Hawi also features historic sites including the eerie Mookini Heiau, built more than 1,500 years ago, one of Hawai‘i's most ancient sacrificial temples.

Holualoa Inn is located in the historic artists' village of Holualoa just a short drive down the hill to the beaches and water attractions of Kailua-Kona. During your stay, our friendly ohana can offer tips and suggestions for day trips on the Big Island, including destinations like Hawi.

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