One of my favorite things to do in Hawi is eat. Appropriately, this former sugar plantation town, has a variety of sweet treats to offer visitors wanting to sample the local flavor such as the award-winning Bamboo Restaurant's signature Lilikoi Margarita, homemade fudge upstairs at The Mill or a refreshing shave ice. Browse the local shops to see the local's artistic talents or pick up a gift to bring home. It takes about 15 minutes to drive from Kawaihae Harbor to Hawi along a very scenic road. The town is also known as the turn around for the bike portion of the Ironman. For the most part, as a visitor you'll be coming from or going to the Kohala Zipline, or just seeing what's at the end of the road. If your adventure is timed around a mealtime, these two spots won't disappoint. Call ahead to be sure you can get a table.
Drive just a bit further to the town of Kapa'au to see the King Kamehameha statue, which on its way to Honolulu back in 1880 from Florence Italy, sunk to the bottom of the sea. Since Honolulu, got a replacement, when the statue was recovered it was brought to Kapa'au, near his birthplace in 1912.