Explore the famed Hamakua Coast, home to magnificent country reminiscent of “old Hawaii," sparsely populated and studded with breathtaking waterfalls, stunning valleys, and eccentric towns.
Traveling north, first stop at Mamane Street Bakery. Snag a fresh-baked morning snack here before heading over to The Valley of the Kings.
Depart Kona 7:30
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Traveling north, first stop at Tex Drive-In, famous for made-to- order malasadas. These fried Portuguese sweet treats were originally brought to Hawaii by immigrants who worked in the cattle industry and have been a local favorite ever since. Watch the treats being made through the window and snag a fresh one with a cup of coffee.
The Valley of the Kings, Waipio Valley is a place of impossibly steep cliffs carved by plunging waterfalls cascading more than a thousand feet to the valley floor below. Waipio Valley is still home to taro farmers as it has been for a thousand years. Look closely from the overlook and glimpses of the wild horses that roam the valley floor might be possible.
Quaint Honokaa Town greets visitors with fun and eclectic shops unique to this former sugar plantation hub. Enjoy some free time here. Grab shave ice from Fujino’s, fudge from Hamakua Fudge, or explore the shops and galleries before continuing on to Laupahoehoe Point. Laupahoehoe village was located here until the destruction from the 1946 tsunami forced the town to move to higher ground. Enjoy a picnic-style lunch here.
The adventure continues at Akaka Falls State Park, the site of the largest easily accessible waterfall on the island. You’ll traverse a paved walking path right through the center of a lush rainforest to Akaka Falls, a stunning 442 foot waterfall that plunges down a sheer cliff and into the water below. Turning off the highway and onto the 4 mile Onomea Scenic Route we find Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, “a garden in a valley on the ocean”. Truly one of Hawaii Island’s hidden gems, this lush oasis is home to more than 2,000 plant species, birds and waterfalls. Meander the paths past exotic palms, orchids, heliconias, and so much more on the way to the ocean.
Founded in 1977, Big Island Candies is synonymous with quality. Big Island Candies welcomes everyone with samples of their amazing confections, still handmade using only the highest quality ingredients. Peek through the windows into the factory or browse the selection of gorgeous jewel-box gifts.