WHERE TO LIVE IN HAWAII, Hawaii, or Big Island, is the youthful islet( and still growing). The motherland of Kamehameha the Great is twice the size of the other islets combined and is home to five tinderboxes. It has 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones and six distinct regions Kona, Kohala, Hamakua Coast, Hilo, Puna and Kau.

Kona is on the island’s west coast, known for its sunny weather, world-famous coffee, and beautiful beaches. Highlights are Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, where you can experience ancient Hawaiian culture. Coffee should visit Kona Coffee farms to learn about coffee production and sample world-renowned Kona coffee. You can swim in the pristine waters and explore the coral reefs of Kealakekua Bay.

Kohala is on the island’s northwestern side is home to luxury resorts, charming historical sites and more natural beauty. The region’s highlights include the Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, a 200-year-old temple and an iconic example of Hawaiian architecture. The white sandy beaches of Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Mauna Kea Beach are must-visit.

Hamakua Coast is on the island’s northeastern side, offering rugged coastlines, dramatic waterfalls, and lush rainforests. The region’s highlights include the Waipio Valley, a picturesque valley with sweeping coastline views and an opportunity to learn about ancient Hawaiian life. You can also explore the lush tropical gardens and waterfalls of the World Botanical Gardens and Umauma Falls and take in the incredible views at Akaka Falls State Park.

Hilo is on the island’s rugged east side, known for its lush rainforests, black sand beach, and active volcanoes. The region’s highlights include the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where visitors can explore active lava fields and hike through breathtaking landscapes. Other must-see attractions include the Lyman Museum and Mission House, offering insights into the island’s history and culture, and the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens, home to exotic animals and rare plants.

Puna is on the island’s southeast side is known for its active volcanoes, black sand beaches, and charming towns. Experience the power of an active volcano by exploring the Lava Tree State Monument or hiking to the Kalapana lava viewing area. The region’s highlights include Pahoa’s funky and artsy town, unique shopping and dining experiences, and the rugged coastlines and beaches of Pohoiki Beach and Kahena Beach.

Kau offers stunning landscapes and natural wonders on the island’s southernmost tip. Highlights of this region include the Kahuku Unit of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to flora and fauna, and the remote and pristine beaches of Punaluu Black Sand Beach and Green Sand Beach. You can also experience the fascinating history and culture of the area by visiting the small town of Naalehu and the Kau Coffee Mill, where you can learn about the process of growing and roasting coffee.

The Big Island of Hawaii is a treasure trove of natural wonders, cultural experiences, and luxurious amenities. Here’s where to stay in Hawaii (The Big Island).



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Wondering where to stay in Hawaii? The Big Island has both beautiful beach resorts.

Kona is on the sunny west side of the Big Island.

Kealakekua Bay has some of the island’s most transparent and biodiverse waters for snorkelling.

Coffee lovers can visit the famous Kona Coffee Living History Farm, which offers tours to learn about the production process and sample some of the best coffee in the world, known for its distinct smooth, mellow flavour with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

The volcanic soil, combined with the ideal growing conditions of the Kona region, creates a unique flavour profile that is highly sought after by coffee lovers worldwide.

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Kua Bay have stunning white-sand beaches and clear water, perfect for swimming and sunbathing.

Stroll through the charming historic town of Kailua-Kona, where visitors can visit the Hulihee Palace to learn about the island’s royal history.

The black lava fields of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park offer a unique opportunity to learn about the area’s ancient Hawaiian culture and history.


  • The region has beautiful white-sand beaches like Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Kua Bay.
  • Kona is home to world-renowned coffee, where visitors can learn about the production process and enjoy samples.
  • Kona has a charming historic town, Kailua-Kona, where visitors can explore local shops, restaurants, and landmarks like the Hulihee Palace, which provides a fascinating glimpse into the island’s royal history.


  • Visitors need to plan for longer travel times to explore Kona and Hilo, which is on the east side.
  • Vog, caused by emissions from Kilauea on the island’s southeastern side, can bother some people with respiratory issues.
  • Kona can get crowded with tourists during peak seasons from December to March and again from June through August, leading to wait times and higher prices.


Aboriginal brown palm tree leaves huts on platform in harbor under cloudscape and floating on dark water.
Kamakahonu Historic landmark in Kona Harbour.
Luxury Hotel – Four Seasons Resort Hualalai 

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is a 5-star resort on the Kona coast with impeccable service, luxurious rooms, world-class dining, a full-service spa, a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, seven swimming pools and a saltwater snorkelling lagoon.

What you can expect:

  • 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.
  • Complimentary kids’ club with a range of activities and programs for children.
  • Seven swimming pools, including an adults-only pool and a saltwater snorkelling lagoon.
  • A range of activities including ‘Iliahi (Sandalwood), Kimi Werner Ocean Experience, Dave Scott Triathlon Experience, Neil Kamimura Blacksmith Experience.
  • Hualalai Oysters and Sustainable Seafood Experiences.
  • Full-service spa with 28 treatment rooms featuring traditional Hawaiian therapies and modern techniques.
  • Several restaurants and bars with a variety of cuisine and dining experiences.
  • Ka’upulehu Cultural Center offers a traditional Hawaiian dinner experience with live music and hula dancing on select nights.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is at 72-100 Kaupulehu Drive, Kaupulehu, HI 96740.

Midscale Hotel – Courtyard By Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel

Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is a 3-star beachfront hotel in the heart of Kona featuring 452 brand-new guest rooms and suites.

The hotel’s central location allows visitors to easily explore Kailua-Kona town and the adjacent beautiful beaches.

What you can expect:

  • Heated outdoor pool with ocean views.
  • Fitness centre: Cardio equipment, free weights, open 24/7.
  • Full-service spa: Includes massages, facials, and body treatments.
  • Two bars: signature cocktails and craft beers.
  • Dining options on the beach, poolside and casual.

Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is at 75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

Budget Hotel – Kona Seaside Hotel

Kona Seaside Hotel is a 30-room boutique hotel in the heart of Kailua-Kona village.

What you can expect:

  • Outdoor pool surrounded by tropical gardens.
  • Gift shop: Souvenirs and Hawaiian-themed items.
  • Meeting room: Space for small meetings and events.
  • Complimentary breakfast is daily.
  • 24-hour front desk: Available 24/7, booking assistance for local tours and activities.
  • American and Hawaiian cuisine and a Mai Tai Bar.

Kona Seaside Hotel is at 75-5652 Likana Lane, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.


girl hiking in Pololu valley enjoying lookout view of mountains
When choosing where to stay in Hawaii, if you love hiking, you may want to stay somewhere near Pololu Valley.

Kohala is on the northwest coast of the Big Island, with South Kohala, known as the Gold Coast for its many resorts, and North Kohala geologically the oldest part.

You can take a scenic drive along Kohala Mountain Road, which winds through lush green forests and offers panoramic coastline views or explore the stunning valleys and waterfalls at the nearby Waipio Valley.

Explore deeper into the Kohala district to discover a different side beyond the resorts, including Waimea’s paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) town, the delightful Hawi town, and the sacred Pololu Valley.

The region has many historic landmarks, including the Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site and the Lapakahi State Historical Park.

There is plenty to do for beach lovers in Hapuna and Mauna Kea Beaches.


  • Kohala has some of the most beautiful beaches on the Big Island, including Mauna Kea Beach, Hapuna Beach and Spencer Beach Park.
  • The charming town of Hawi has an excellent farmer’s market, local art galleries, and charming boutiques.
  • Waimea town has an upcountry feel, offering visitors a glimpse into the region’s paniolo culture.
  • Kohala has the Kohala Historical Sites State Monument, which includes six heiau (temples), a historical battlefield where Kamehameha I won control of the island, and Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, where Kamehameha I built his last heiau.


  • The weather in Kohala can be unpredictable, with the rainfall making roads slippery and dangerous.
  • Kohala is far from the other main tourist destinations on the island, and the driving time can be long.
  • Peak season (December to March and June to August) can get crowded.


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Luxury Hotel – The Fairmont Orchid

The Fairmont Orchid is a luxury resort with 540 guest rooms on 32 acres (12.95 ha) of pristine beachfront property in Kohala with access to world-class golf courses.

What you can expect:

  • Beach cabanas with butler service.
  • 36 holes of championship golf at Mauna Lani Resort.
  • A 24-hour fitness centre with cardio and strength equipment.
  • 10 tennis courts with individual and group lessons available.
  • Spa Without Walls offers outdoor treatments with ocean views.
  • 10,000-square-foot (929-square-meter) free-form swimming pool overlooking the ocean.
  • Cultural centre featuring hula and ukulele lessons, lei-making, and Hawaiian storytelling.
    Keiki Aloha Children’s Program offers cultural and educational activities for kids ages 5-12.
  • Beach club featuring water sports rentals such as stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and snorkelling.
  • Six on-site restaurants and bars.

Fairmont Orchid is at 1 North Kaniku Drive, Waikoloa, HI 96743.

Midscale Hotel – Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is on Kaunaoa Beach with ocean views, lush gardens, multiple swimming pools, a golf course, tennis courts and water sports.

What you can expect:

  • Located on the beautiful white sand of Kaunaoa Beach.
  • There are many excursions, including volcano, helicopter, and island tours.
  • Snorkelling, kayaking, paddleboarding, surfing, sailing and fishing.
  • Cultural experiences: Lei-making, hula lessons, and Hawaiian music.
  • Fitness centre with cardio machines, strength-training equipment, and a yoga studio.
  • 11 tennis courts, with daily clinics and private lessons.
  • On-site Mandara Spa offers a range of relaxing treatments, including massages, facials, and body scrubs.
  • Two outdoor swimming pools, one of which is an adult-only infinity pool overlooking the ocean.
  • Access to the Mauna Kea Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., featuring eighteen challenging holes and stunning ocean views.
  • On-site restaurants.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is at 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Hapuna Beach, HI 96743.

Budget Hotel – Kohala Lodge

Kohala Lodge is a tranquil vacation rental that accommodates up to eight guests nestled in the rolling hills and lush greenery of North Kohala.

The property features a main house and a separate guest cottage, beautifully furnished with local decor and amenities.

What you can expect:

  • Ocean views.
  • BBQ facilities.
  • Outdoor terrace.
  • Three bedrooms and three bathrooms.
  • Fully-equipped kitchen.

Kohala Lodge is at 56-867 Kamalei Place, Hawi, HI 96719.


Rolled white towels on the bed in the hotel room
When deciding where to stay in Hawaii with the family, you’ll have plenty of choices.

The Hamakua Coast is on the east side of the Big Island. It is great for outdoor enthusiasts to take in lush rainforests, dramatic waterfalls, and rugged coastal cliffs.

You can drive along the Hamakua Heritage Corridor for stunning ocean views and green countryside.

There are incredible hiking opportunities on the famous Waipio Valley Trail and the towering Akaka Falls, which are must-see sights.

The coastline is also home to Honolii and Laupahoehoe Beach Parks, both known for their breathtaking scenery and great surf.

The historic town of Honokaa is where history buffs can learn about the area’s sugar plantation history at the Hamakua Heritage Center.


  • Home to the most stunning waterfalls in Hawaii, including Akaka Falls, Kahuna Falls, and Umauma Falls.
  • Rich history and cultural heritage, with numerous historic towns, plantations, and temples such as sites like Laupahoehoe Train Museum, the Honoka’a People’s Theater, and the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Fertile volcanic soil of the Hamakua Coast makes it an ideal location for growing various crops, including tropical fruits, macadamia nuts, and coffee, where visitors can sample these delicious and fresh local products at the many farmers’ markets, cafes, and restaurants in the area.


  • Predominantly rural and lacks more developed island parts’ nightlife and shopping options.
  • Known for its lush greenery and waterfalls, this is mainly due to the area’s high rainfall levels, which visitors should prepare for when planning a visit.
  • Hamakua Coast is not known for its beaches which tend to be small and rocky and not ideal for swimming or sunbathing.


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If a luxury hotel and five-star room service is what you’re after, you won’t have trouble finding somewhere to stay in Hawaii’s Big Island.
Luxury Hotel – Hamakua Pukana La Hale

Hamakua Pukana La Hale has approximately 3,000 square feet (278 square meters) of space to accommodate up to ten guests.

The property has lush greenery and a dramatic cliff on the rugged coastline providing privacy and tranquillity.

What you can expect:

  • Ocean views.
  • Two bathrooms with shower and bathtub.
  • Outdoor seating area with a table and chairs.
  • Dining table that can seat six guests.
  • Living room with sofa, armchair, coffee table, and TV.
  • Three bedrooms with two queen-sized beds, two twin beds, and a futon.
  • Kitchen with stove, refrigerator, oven, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, blender, and coffee maker.

Hamakua Pukana La Hale is at Papaaloa, 96780 (complete address provided once booked).

Midscale Hotel – Grand Melemele Home

The Grand Melemele Home is a vacation rental designed in the plantation style, which offers an ample space of 3,300 square feet (307 square meters).

The location is in the prestigious Kohala Ranch community, providing peace and privacy.

Visitors can relax at the infinity pool, grill fresh local seafood on the outdoor BBQ, or explore the island’s natural wonders.

What you can expect:

  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Washer and dryer for laundry.
  • Large dining table with seating for six.
  • Private covered parking for up to four vehicles.
  • Fully equipped kitchen with modern appliances.
  • Beach gear and towels.
  • Air conditioning and ceiling fans throughout the house.
  • Beautifully landscaped yard with tropical plants and fruit trees.
  • Three bedrooms each have a king-sized bed and ensuite bathroom.
  • Outdoor covered lanai with comfortable seating and a barbecue grill.
  • Spacious living room with a 65-inch (165 cm) TV and comfortable seating.

The Grand Melemele Home is at 29-2187 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Pepeekeo, 96783.

Budget Hotel – Hamakua Guesthouse

Hamakua Guesthouse is a charming bed and breakfast located in Honokaa and is surrounded by lush gardens, offering guests a tranquil experience.

The guesthouse is cosy and homey, making visitors feel right at home.

The owners and their friendly staff go above and beyond to ensure visitors have a memorable stay.

What you can expect:

  • Accommodation is off-the-grid.
  • Electricity is from solar panels, and water is from collected rain.
  • Due to the region’s consistent nightly temperature of 65-75 F (18-24 C), air conditioning is unnecessary.
  • Akaka Falls State Park is approximately 12 miles (19 km) or a 12-minute drive.
  • Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens and Onomea Bay are approximately 11 miles (18 km) or a 13-minute drive.
  • Downtown Hilo is approximately 10 miles (16 km) or a 17-minute drive to all the modern amenities visitors need, including restaurants, supermarkets, shopping, and more.
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is approximately 40 miles (64 km) or 1-hour drive south.
    Waipio Valley is approximately 35 miles (56 km) or a 1-hour drive north.

Hamakua Guesthouse is at 28-1435 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Pepeekeo, HI 96783.


Scenic rainbow falls in Hilo Hawaii.
It doesn’t matter where you stay in Hawaii, you’ll likely be close to beautiful scenery such as waterfalls. Pictured here is a waterfall in Hilo.

Hilo is on the Big Island’s east coast and is the wettest part of the island, creating stunning scenery and a vibrant ecosystem.

Visitors can visit Liliuokalani Gardens, one of the most extensive Japanese gardens outside of Japan, which spans 30 acres (12 ha) and features bridges, koi ponds and pagodas.

Polynesians, Japanese, Chinese, Filipinos, and other immigrants who have settled there have shaped Hilo, making it different from other island regions.

Visitors can learn about the island’s nuanced history at the Lyman Museum, Pacific Tsunami Museum, and East Hawaii Cultural Center.


  • Rich history and cultural attractions can be explored at the Lyman Museum and Mission House, the Pacific Tsunami Museum, and the East Hawaii Cultural Center.
  • Spectacular waterfalls and gardens include the Akaka Falls State Park, the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and the Liliuokalani Gardens.
  • Fresh, locally grown produce and unique dishes in the Farmer’s markets and local food scene.


  • Laid-back and less touristy than other regions mean fewer high-end restaurants, resorts, and shopping options.
  • A lot of rain can make outdoor activities difficult, and some visitors may find the constant rain to be a mood dampener.
  • Surfing at Honolii Beach Park is known for being unpredictable but can produce nice waves under the right conditions despite surfing being a minor draw for Hilo.


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Rainbow over Grand Naniloa Hotel.
Luxury Hotel – Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo

The Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo – a DoubleTree by Hilton is on Hilo Bay and features stunning ocean views.

Guest rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated with private balconies that offer spectacular views of Hilo Bay and Coconut Island.

The hotel also features an 18-hole golf course that offers breathtaking views of Mauna Kea, a swimming pool, a fitness centre and a restaurant that serves delicious Hawaiian cuisine.

One of the hotel’s most unique features is Coconut Island, a short walk from the hotel and accessible by a footbridge and is an ideal spot for picnics and offers the perfect place to relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of Hilo Bay.

What you can expect:

  • Pet-friendly.
  • 24-hour fitness centre with cardio and strength-training equipment.
  • Gift shop with souvenirs and gifts, including local artwork and clothing.
  • Large outdoor pool and hot tub surrounded by a beautiful garden overlooking Hilo Bay.
  • 9-hole Naniloa Golf Course features stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the lush tropical landscape.
  • 10,000 square feet (929 square meters) of event space, including a grand ballroom and various meeting rooms.
  • 388 guest rooms, including 136 oceanfront rooms, each with a private balcony and views of Hilo Bay and Mauna Kea.

Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo – a DoubleTree by Hilton is at 93 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI 96720.

Midscale Hotel – Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

The Hilo Hawaiian Hotel has welcomed visitors with the spirit of aloha for over half a century, making it a favourite for generations.

It is at a beautiful bayfront hotel offering a magnificent ocean view and Mauna Kea.

Its proximity to local attractions like the Liliuokalani Gardens and the Pacific Tsunami Museum makes it an ideal location for visitors.

What you can expect:

  • Concierge services.
  • Large freshwater swimming pool overlooking Hilo Bay and a jet spa.
  • Fitness centre with cardio and strength training equipment and sauna.
  • 286 recently renovated rooms and suites with private lanais, many offering ocean views.
  • 20,000 square feet (1,858 square meters) of event space, including ballrooms, banquet rooms, and outdoor venues.
  • Locally sourced cuisine with a Pacific Rim influence.

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is at 71 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI 96720.

Budget Hotel – SCP Hilo Hotel 

The SCP Hilo Hotel is a newly built, eco-friendly hotel offering a unique and affordable lodging experience for adventure-oriented and lifestyle-focused guests.

The hotel features modern decor, comfortable rooms, and sustainable amenities such as energy-efficient lighting and in-room recycling.

It is just a short walk from historic downtown Hilo, where guests can enjoy local shops, restaurants, and attractions.

What you can expect:

  • Pet-friendly.
  • Outdoor pool.
  • 24-hour front desk.
  • Fitness centre with cardio equipment and weights.
  • Provisions Market offers healthy, fresh, and locally-sourced snacks and drinks in collaboration with local vendors.
  • Green initiatives are committed to sustainability, with eco-friendly amenities and practices throughout the property.

SCP Hilo Hotel is at 126 Banyan Drive, Hilo, Hi 96720.


Chambermaid making a bed with clean bedclothes in the luxury hotel bedroom.
Planning where to stay in Hawaii? The Big Island has a myriad of choices.

Puna is southeast of Hilo and has many geological wonders, such as the Kapoho Tide Pools, Champagne Ponds, and Lava Tres State Park.

Visitors can enjoy Pohoiki Black Sand Beach, and the Wai’Opae Tide Pools are an excellent spot for snorkelling and exploring the diverse marine life.

Another destination in Puna is the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

The historic town has colourful storefronts, local shops, and restaurants.


  • Kapoho Tide Pools, natural hot springs, and geothermal pools like the Ahalanui Hot Pond and the Pohoiki Warm Pond.
  • Vibrant and diverse community offers visitors a chance to experience the Hawaiian culture and way of life, including unique local festivals and events like the Pahoa Village Farmers Market and the Maku’u Farmers Market.
  • Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden features over 2,000 species of plants and a scenic nature trail.


  • Beaches can be dangerous due to strong currents and high surf.
  • More remote with limited access to many modern amenities and services.
  • Experiences more rainfall than other areas, leading to muddy roads and potential flash flooding.


Luxury Hotel – Lava Tree Tropic Inn

The Lava Tree Tropic Inn is a charming bed and breakfast 10 miles (16 km) or a 20-minute drive to the starkly beautiful Kalapana lava flow and 9 miles (14 km) or a 15-minute drive to the bohemian town of Pahoa.

Guests can enjoy a continental breakfast, and the tropical-themed rooms are individually decorated and furnished with local artwork and antiques.

Guests can relax in the lush garden with a tranquil koi pond and comfortable seating.

What you can expect:

  • Lush gardens.
  • Some rooms have a private terrace and outdoor furniture.
  • Continental breakfast or the option to purchase a full breakfast.
  • Visitors can select and process their macadamia nuts from the orchard.

Lava Tree Tropic Inn is at 143555 Pahoa Kapoho, Pahoa, HI 96778.

Midscale Hotel – Kalani Oceanside Retreat

Kalani Oceanside Retreat is in a serene setting focusing on wellness and sustainability.

You can choose eco-cottages, treehouses and guest rooms, all featuring stunning ocean or lush tropical views.

Various classes, workshops, and activities like yoga, hula, meditation, and sound healing allow guests to connect with the natural surroundings.

What you can expect:

  • Wellness programs like yoga, meditation, and wellness workshops in their field.
  • On-site dining with healthy, delicious, nutritious, plant-based meals, emphasising locally sourced ingredients.
  • Various activities include swimming in the pool or the nearby ocean, walking in the rainforest, hiking to the lava flow, or relaxing on the hammock.
  • Eco-friendly practices to reduce their carbon footprint include solar-powered electricity and water systems, organic gardens, and a zero-waste program.

Kalani Oceanside Retreat is at 12-6860 Kalapana – Kapoho Road, Pahoa, HI 96778.

Budget Hotel – Black Sand Beach House

Black Sand Beach House is on the beautiful Kehena coastline and the historic Red Road.

It is a spacious, recently-renovated 4-bedroom home steps from the stunning black sand beach of Kehena, famous for its amazing sunrises and whale watching.

The outdoor deck and private hot tub are the perfect places to relax and enjoy the stunning ocean views.

Guests can also take advantage of the outdoor shower and rinse off after a swim in the ocean.

What you can expect:

  • Ping pong table.
  • Free calls to mainland USA and free Wi-Fi.
  • Two bedrooms and two baths that sleep two to four guests.
  • Beach gear, including beach towels, picnic cooler, and beach chairs.

Black Sand Beach House is at Kehena, 96778 (complete address provided once booked).


Where to stay in hawaii
It doesn’t matter where you stay in Hawaii, you’ll never be far from coconut trees.

Kau is on the southern tip of the Big Island and is the landing point of the first Polynesians in Hawaii.

Kau coffee farms are famous, and the Volcano Winery is where you can indulge in fresh, locally-made coffee and wine.

You can also see Green Sands Beach on Mahana Bay and Punaluu Black Sand Beach.

The Kahuku Unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Mauna Loa Summit hike are also must-see destinations.


  • Home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kau Forest Reserve.
  • Fewer crowds and a more remote part of the island offer visitors a chance to experience a quieter and more peaceful side of Hawaii.
  • Unique attractions include Punaluu Black Sand Beach, which is the USA’s southernmost point, and the Ka Lae cliff jumping spot.


  • Can be difficult to access, and you may need to rent a car.
  • Limited selection of restaurants, shops, and other tourist amenities may make it challenging for some visitors who prefer more options.
  • Quite rainy and may affect outdoor activities and sightseeing.


Sea Mountain Condominiums

Sea Mountain Condominiums feature private lanais with ocean views. Guests can dip in the refreshing saltwater pool, stroll along the nearby black sand beach, or enjoy a picnic on the grassy lawn while watching the waves.

Amenities include hot tubs, a swimming pool, free WiFi and an 18-hole golf course. Punaluu County Beach Park is a 12-minute walk away.

Sea Mountain Condominiums is at 95-788 Ninole Loop Road, Punaluu, HI 96777.

The Aloha Green House Retreat

This two-bedroom apartment is a home away from home with polished floorboards and floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors opening up onto ocean views.

Hawaii Island Resort

With everything you need to wind down and de-stres, including a saltwater swimming pool, meditation pad and garden, Hawaii Island Resort in Naalehu is a remote getaway. Rooms have private bathrooms and some come with patios.



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