Town of Hawi, Hawaii

Street SignHawi, Hawaii. What a lush and beautiful, quaint artist community that has the feel for old Hawaii! Hawi mapThe elevation of Hawi is 522 feet above sea level. If you continue on through Hawi on Route 270 another 7.8 miles, past the town of Kapa’au you will come to the end of the road at Pololu Valley, I would recommend exploring Pololu Valley and the charming community of Kapa’au before you stop in Hawi. This will give you a chance to stretch your legs and take in the amazing views of the north coastline of the Big Island. If you are energetic and in good shape, you may want to hike down to the bottom of the valley from here.

Pololu Valley Look out

I’ve done this once and I loved it, but the hike is not for the faint of heart, it is pretty steep and slippery. Make sure you wear closed shoes. (Not slippahs) This area also receives a substantial amount of rain so be prepared. Dry creek beds can quickly become raging rivers even when the skies are clear! Checkout the pictures below that we took while we were down there!

Street in town

Hawi Hawaii, a tropical climate community, has a population of 1081 based on the last census, but locals have counted and say that it is now 1356. The town is located on the northern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii. Hawi is west of the town of Kapa’au. The two community’s combined population make the most densely Main Streetpopulated region in the district of North Kohala. Hawi is the birthplace of King Kamehameha I and the location of the Moʻokini heiau, a historical landmark, can be accessed down Opolu Airport Road, a 4wheel drive is recommended. It’s a dirt road about a 1.5 miles off of the highway. Hawi was once a busy commercial center while the Kohala Sugar plantation of the past was thriving. Since then the town has shifted it’s focus to tourism with several gift shops, art galleries and restaurants that cater to it’s many curious visitors. Hawi is also known for it being the turnaround point for the World renown Ironman Triathlon that begins in Kona, Hawaii. It is the northernmost point on the bicycle leg, where athletes return to the finish line back in Kona. The restaurants are great and I have never had a complaint. I am starting off this blog about Hawi and I will work my way around the island. To stay updated; like me on Facebook or subscribe to my posts or just check-in once in a while. This is going to be a great trip!

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