Pepeekeo, Big Island

Explore Pepeekeo’s lush landscapes on the Hamakua Coast, Big Island. Delight in the scenic Pepeekeo Drive, Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve, and majestic Umauma Falls.

Pepeekeo is a Town located in the city of Pepeekeo on Big Island, Hawaii
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  • Overview: Pepeekeo, a charming town located on the scenic Hamakua Coast of Big Island, Hawaii, offers visitors a unique blend of natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Nestled amidst lush greenery and picturesque ocean views, Pepeekeo is a must-see destination for those seeking a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
  • Highlights: One of the main highlights of Pepeekeo is the stunning Pepeekeo Scenic Drive, a winding coastal route that takes you through lush rainforests, past cascading waterfalls, and offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
  • Activities: While in Pepeekeo, visitors can explore the Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden, a 17-acre botanical garden boasting a diverse collection of rare and exotic plants, or take a guided tour of the nearby Umauma Falls, an impressive three-tiered waterfall that plunges into a serene natural pool.
  • Information: Pepeekeo and its attractions are generally open year-round, with no specific entrance fees for the town itself. The Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden is open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, with an admission fee of $20 for adults and $10 for children. The best time to visit Pepeekeo is during the dry season, which typically runs from April to October, for optimal weather conditions.
  • History & Significance: Pepeekeo has a rich history that dates back to the early plantation era in Hawaii. The town was once a thriving sugar plantation community, and remnants of this past can still be seen in its historic buildings and charming plantation-style homes. Today, Pepeekeo serves as a gateway to the Hamakua Coast’s natural wonders and a testament to the resilience of its people.
  • Tips & Insights: To make the most of your visit to Pepeekeo, be sure to allocate enough time to explore the Pepeekeo Scenic Drive at a leisurely pace, as there are numerous scenic lookouts and photo opportunities along the way. Additionally, consider visiting the nearby Akaka Falls State Park, home to the majestic 442-foot Akaka Falls, for an unforgettable experience of Big Island’s natural beauty.

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