Popular Hawaii Island Destinations
The Kona District stretches for about 60 miles from the airport to beyond Kealakekua Bay on Hawaii Island’s lava-lined western coast. Here you’ll find everything from shops to restaurants and nightlife, as well as coffee farms and historic landmarks. Shielded from winds by Maunaloa, south Kona’s calm and clear waters are perfect for diving and spotting honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles).
Nestled amongst the jet-black and rust-red lava rock fields — a result of eruptions from Hualalai volcano centuries ago — are Kohala’s green oases full of luxe accommodations, fine dining and top-tier golf courses. With eight resorts and limited rainfall, beaches here are especially popular. Relax at Hapuna Beach State Park, one of Hawaii Island’s largest white sand beaches.
The gateway to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo boasts dramatic waterfalls, fertile rainforests and verdant gardens. Home to museums, art galleries and signature shops like Hilo Hattie and the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, there is no shortage of attractions here. Check out the newest one, the Imiloa Astronomy Center, which is housed under three titanium cones that represent the three largest mountains on the island.
Photos: Courtesy of Hawaii Visitor and Convention Bureau