Destination guide

A huge aloha from Hawi

Sugarcane once swayed in the plantations of Hawi, the birthplace of the revered King Kamehameha the Great. These days, this small town on the Big Island's northern tip is more about charming Hawaiian bars and boutique art galleries. The result is a place steeped in history that is laid back and relaxing. It's packed with homey islander eateries, charming cafes and pretty Hawi vacation rentals that range from tranquil farm stays to hidden cabins ensconced in the tropical woods.

Things to do

Ukes and adventures in Hawi

You could start your trip to Hawi by getting into the islander rhythm at the Hawi Gallery and Ukulele emporium – it's the best place to strum along with the slow beats of Polynesian folk music and get a big aloha welcome from the locals. When it's time to set your heart racing again, the Kohala Zipline is sure to do the trick with its swinging rope bridges and canopy rides. Then there are the folks over at Flumin' Kohala, ready to guide groups through the old sugar canals in order to encounter the rainforests and historical hotspots of greater Kohala.


Pineapples and parks in Hawi

Hawi's farming culture isn't limited to its sugar industry. There are still fruit orchards aplenty in the surrounding region, bursting with magenta cacao pods, spiny pineapples and more. While a picking session or botanical tour is sure to keep the whole family happy, you might be after something a little more dramatic. Cue the wiggling roadways that shoot eastwards into the Pololu Valley, offering breathtaking panoramas over Big Island's salt-washed cliffs, sandy beaches and Pacific swells.


Spring into Hawi

The blooming months of April and May could just be the perfect time to go in search of a Hawi vacation rental. This is when rainfall slows down after the wetter months of winter. Not only is this the start of the official dry season across the archipelago, there also tends to be less competition for the top stays before the summer rush. The end of summer is another great choice. There's loads of fruit picking opportunities around the September harvest, and the annual Ironman Triathlon competition brings real life to the town come October

Natural features

Hawi on the flatlands

Hawi vacation rentals sit on the flats of the northern Big Island. The landscapes are largely level as they drop down to the Pacific Ocean coast just north of the town proper. That said, you won't have to go far from the old sugar plantation areas to catch a glimpse of the Hawaii of the travel brochures. To the east, where the road meanders to a dead end, you'll find the majestic Pololu Valley where the cliffs drop vertically into a wild sea. To the south are the Kohala Mountains, edging upwards to the million-year-old Kohala Volcano.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Hawi

The nearest airport is in Kamuela, HI (MUE-Waimea-Kohala), located 20.4 mi (32.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Kailua-Kona, HI (KOA-Kona Intl.), which is 36.1 mi (58.1 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Hawi, HI?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 198 vacation rentals around Hawi. From 76 house rentals to 18 cottage rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Hawi?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Hawi:

  • Kulalani: 177 vacation rentals
  • Kohala Estates: 27 vacation rentals
  • Francolin Place: 75 vacation rentals
  • Bluffs: 19 vacation rentals
  • Sunset Ridge: 50 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Hawi?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Hawi. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Big Island Eco Adventures 2: 297 vacation rentals
  • Kohala Historical Sites State Monument: 269 vacation rentals
  • Mookini Heiau: 196 vacation rentals
  • Mauna Lani Resort Golf Course: 1,475 vacation rentals
  • Waipio Valley Lookout: 349 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Hawi listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Hawi?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 76 Houses in Hawi. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Hawi include:

  • Cottages: 18 rentals available
  • Villas: 22 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 66 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Hawi?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 139 vacation rentals with pool available in Hawi. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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