Take a Road Trip to Hip HawiBig Island

The hip little enclave of HAWI is only about an hour drive north of Kailua-Kona, but this UPCOUNTRY HAMLET (with a population slightly more than 900) is worlds apart from its neighboring city.

A major piece of Hawai‘i’s history is tied to this TINY VILLAGE. Hawi is the BIRTHPLACE OF KING KAMEHAMEHA I, the great warrior-king who united the Hawaiian Islands and laid the foundation for today’s state. A plaque designating the king’s birthplace is located on the grounds of an ANCIENT SACRIFICIAL TEMPLE near a small coastal airfield.

Beyond its historic significance, Hawi demonstrates a proclivity for a self-sufficient lifestyle spiced with a sense of humor. Find a take-home treasure created by local artisans at ELEMENTS JEWELRY AND FINE CRAFTS. The store features jewelry created by owner John Flynn, as well as pottery, paintings, prints and photography by other artists. TIFFANY’S ART AGENCY is a new contemporary art gallery in the heart of historic Hawi Town that’s already popular among art enthusiasts. The gallery features monthly rotating shows with different artists, and a portion of the gallery is also dedicated to showcasing functional and decorative works in wood, ceramics and glass made locally.

BAMBOO RESTAURANT AND GALLERY is known for its fresh cuisine and eclectic island art. The establishment is an institution in Hawi.

KOHALA COFFEE MILL churns out 100-percent Kona coffee, gourmet ice cream and an array of sandwiches, pastries and more.