Welcome to Hale Hamaka, a classic restored example of the original plantation style houses found throughout North Kohala. This house was moved to its current location from one of the original sugar plantation camps and has been recently renovated. Our 3-bedroom/2-bath house is perfect for families or one to three couples on vacation. The well-equipped kitchen allows you to eat in and prepare a home-cooked meal if you wish. The spacious Master Bedroom has a brand new king-sized bed while the two additional bedrooms offer new queen-size beds. There are dishes, pots, pans, eating and cooking utensils, a full-sized refrigerator, gas cooktop and oven, microwave oven, and coffee maker. The living room has a couch and a love seat, flat screen TV, cable, multiple hammocks, and Wi-Fi for your entertainment. Additionally, there is a full size washer and dryer in the carport.
This charming plantation style house is located in the heart of historic North Kohala. Our property is conveniently situated in between the small towns of Kapaau and Hawi. The Post Office, Bank, convenience store, library and our locally owned grocery store are all an extremely short walk from property.
Kapaau, home of the original King Kamehameha I Statue, is a five-minute walk and has a charming downtown area with great art galleries, yoga studio, coffe shop and several wonderful restaurants. While in town be sure to check out Kamehameha Park, which has two great tennis courts, a public swimming pool, a skate park and wonderful children’s playground. There is even a small public golf course you can play on for a nominal fee.
Hawi, is a 10-15 minute walk or 3 minute drive. It is home to a weekly farmer’s market that we think is one of the best on the island. The town has a great selection of unique shops and tasty restaurants. There are also wonderful alternative healing practices located here, with massage therapists, acupuncture specialists, naturopaths, herbalists, and a variety of yoga styles represented. Hawi is also the bicycle turnaround for the annual Ironman World Championship held every October.
North Kohala is perfectly located to take advantage of many fun activities including scenic coastal rides on horseback or ATVs, the Kohala Zipline, Kayaking the Kohala Ditch and hiking trails galore. Head up the mountain road to Waimea and experience one of the best scenic drives in the US, with incredible views of Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and its observatories and a birds eye view of South Kohala with all its resorts and white sand beaches. The beaches in Kohala are the best on the island, including world famous Hapuna beach, scenic Mauna Kea Beach, child friendly Spencer Beach Park and local favorite Beach 69’s.
Head down the coast towards South Kohala and you’ll discover many historical sites and parks along the coastline to enjoy. Lapakahi State Park is the site of an ancient fishing village and a great spot for snorkeling and whale watching. The harbor town of Kawaihae is home to a variety of tour companies offering scuba, snorkeling and whale watching tours. There’s also a nice selection of shops and galleries along with great dinning and music at the Blue Dolphin Restaurant or popular Café Pesto.
Travelers who come to North Kohala should know that they are forgoing the hot dry heat and touristy areas to be out in the country. Most of North Kohala is very jungle like and therefore includes all animals and critters found in such locations.
Things to See & Do Nearby:
* Hike to the black sand beach in Pololu Valley
* Picnic at Keokea Beach Park
* See Lapakahi Historical Park - a 600-year-old reconstructed Hawaiian fishing village
* Experience Kohala scenery & waterfalls
* Kayak historic Kohala Sugar Plantation ditch
* Visit art galleries and the original King Kamehameha Statue in Kapaau
* Explore immense Mookini Heiau
* Whale watching (December – April)