Aloha and Welcome to the Big Island of Hawaiʻi!
One of the first things you discover as you leave the airport is the diverse climate our island has to offer. Of the 13 climates in the world, 11 can be found on Hawaiʻi. From desert to rainforest with snow-capped mountains in between. Hawaiʻi exhibits lush waterfalls, tropical rain forests, botanical gardens, an active volcano, black, green and white sand beaches.
Hale Hoʻonanea Hawaiʻi Accommodations is ideally located as a home base for exploring the Big Island. What makes the hot, sunny Kohala Coast so desirable is that it has pockets of development surrounded by tens of thousands of acres of open space. You are close to shopping and fine dining at 5 star resorts and casual local style cafes.
Hawaiʻi Island offers a wealth of outdoor activities:
Water Sports include swimming; Hapuna Beach (5 minutes from Hale Hoʻonanea) is one of the finest white-sand beaches in the world (top ten by Conde Nast); kayaking, whale watching, sun bathing, snorkel / scuba diving, surfing, fishing, canoe races, wind surfing, water skiing, parasailing, yachting or just communing with the dolphins, tropical fish, turtles, moray eels and manta rays.
Annual Cultural Festivals take place throughout the year. Waikiʻi Music festival, Aloha Parade & festival, Kona Coffee festival, Cherry Blossom festival, International Film festival, Merrie Monarch Hula festival, Slack Key festival, Old Hawaii On Horseback festival, Kindy Sproat Falsetto Contest, Native American Pow Wow festival, Christmas Parade & festival are just a few festivals that celebrate our ethnic diversity.
Tour ancient Hawaiian Historic Landmarks, from the Queen’s Bath & royal fish ponds to the original King Kamehamaha statue and sacred Waipiʻo Valley. Kona is home to Huliheʻe Palace. Or Lapakahi, an ancient healing village and Mahukona. For spiritual enlightenment visit Moʻohina Heiau, the oldest temple of worship; or Puʻukohola Heiau, built by Kamehamaha in 1791 in honor of the war god Kukaʻilimoku. This heiau served as a sacrificial temple. Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau, Place of Refuge was a religious sanctuary for warriors & kapu (taboo) breakers. There are many, many more historic landmarks indicated by the HVCB signs along the roadside.
Hawi & Kapaʻau (20 minutes north) are old Hawaii Plantation towns that are working to preserve their rich history & unique character. Go to where the road ends for a fabulous view of Pololu Valley. Or hike down to the ocean & valley entrance. There are numerous trails & nature parks on the island. Ala Kahakai Trail, Trail By Sea, goes around the island for over 200 miles. From Upolu Point to Volcanoes National Park there are trails that lead to ancient petroglyphs
Waimea (Kamuela), a 20 minute drive up the mountain, is Paniolo (Cowboy) country yet very cosmopolitan. You will find in this cattle town not only cowboys and ranchers, but farmers, educators, astronomers, museums, galleries & theatres. From Waimea Town head up to the Visitor’s Center Observatory on Mauna Kea for an awe inspiring view of the heavens. Waimea has a rich history with regards to WW2. At the time the town consisted of 300 farmers & ranchers. Then 50,000 Marines arrived for combat training. Waimea townspeople welcomed these young soldiers into their ohana (family) knowing for many they faced death on the battlefield. Our seniors bring history out of the books & into real life when you ‘talk story’ with them. Waimea is also very progressive with regards to our new ‘state of the art’ community hospital. Here western medical technology works hand in hand with Chinese & Hawaiian herbs, acupuncture, massage, visual art & music therapies. This is truly THE HEALING ISLAND.
Our island is also home to athletic competitions. Local sports include hockey, soccer, baseball, basketball, volley ball, tennis, rodeo competitions & polo matches. International sports include golf, Senior Skins & PGA Tournament; Iron Man & Ultra Man.
Don’t forget to visit Madame Pele at Kilauea Volcano!
P.S. We ask your kokua (help) in preventing brush fires by respecting the aina (land) and disposing of cigarettes properly. Mahalo!