Discover King Kamehameha Country

A Little Bit of HistoryBig Island

While South Kohala attracts most tourists, just 11 miles upslope is a land developers forgot. NORTH KOHALA is lush and green, sparsely populated and unpretentious; it is South Kohala’s country cousin—a breath of fresh mountain air in a landscape barely touched by contemporary infl uences.

The region’s neighboring hamlets of KAPA‘AU and HAWI, comprising the most-densely populated area in the district, retain a country feel, and merchants take an inventive approach.

And nowhere is KING KAMEHAMEHA THE GREAT , who united the islands in 1810, more revered than in North Kohala. His birthplace, marked by a simple plaque, is west of Hawi on a dirt road near the ruins of MO‘OKINI HEIAU. To get there, take the

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For another view of Hawai‘i’s great ruler, check out the 9-FOOT STATUE OF KAMEHAMEHA . This 100-PLUS-YEAR-OLD LANDMARK commands a hill in Kapa‘au, and is easily visible from Highway 270.

Hawai‘i honors the legacy of King Kamehameha the Great every June 11, KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY . North Kohala celebrates the state holiday with a parade,

– draping ceremony and community

(festival).

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