Hawi, Big Island

Explore Hawi, Big Island’s hidden gem, for an authentic Hawaiian experience. Delight in its rich history, plantation-era architecture, and thriving local art scene.

Hawi is a Town located in the city of Hawi on Big Island, Hawaii
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  • Overview: Hawi, located in the northernmost point of the Big Island, Hawaii, is a charming and vibrant town known for its rich history, picturesque landscapes, and unique local culture. A must-see for visitors seeking an authentic Hawaiian experience, Hawi offers a delightful blend of old and new.
  • Highlights: What sets Hawi apart from other sites on the Big Island is its beautifully preserved plantation-era architecture, which transports visitors to a bygone era, and its thriving art scene, featuring numerous galleries showcasing local artists and their works.
  • Activities: Visitors to Hawi can explore the town’s colorful shops and galleries, indulge in delicious local cuisine at various restaurants and cafes, or take a scenic drive along the Kohala Mountain Road for breathtaking views of the coastline and lush valleys.
  • Information: Hawi is accessible year-round and has no entrance fees. Most shops and galleries operate daily, typically from 10 am to 5 pm. The best time to visit Hawi is during the drier months of April to October, when the weather is ideal for outdoor activities.
  • History & Significance: Hawi holds a significant place in Hawaiian history as the birthplace of King Kamehameha I, who united the Hawaiian Islands under his rule. The town was once a bustling sugar plantation hub, and its rich heritage is evident in the well-preserved buildings and cultural attractions.
  • Tips & Insights: To enhance your visit to Hawi, consider participating in a guided walking tour to learn about the town’s history and hidden gems. Don’t miss the opportunity to try the famous Tropical Dreams ice cream, a local favorite made with fresh, island-grown ingredients.

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