Hotel at a Glance: Paniolo Greens Resort
Hawaii's Kohala Coast gets less than 10 inches of rainfall annually, so to call it sun-kissed would be a bit of an understatement. Paniolo Greens Resort's tropical villas are just minutes from this sunny coast, and not far from Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and Hapuna Beach State Park, where you can snorkel and bodysurf along a white-sand shore girded by volcanic rock.
- Spacious villas feature full kitchenettes and private lanais that look out onto tropical scenery.
- Outdoor pursuits include swimming in the sunlit pool, playing tennis, and tossing horseshoes.
- Experience Hawaiian culture firsthand with a hula or lei-making lesson.
- Cook out on one of the outdoor barbecue grills, or venture out to a nearby restaurant for authentic Hawaiian food.
North Kohala, Hawaii: Quiet Beachside Towns and Diverse Geography
On the northernmost tip of Hawaii's Big Island, North Kohala boasts black-sand beaches, dormant volcanoes, waterfalls, and cloud forests—tropical forests with an ever-present fog. A scenic drive takes visitors through Pololu Valley, where they can watch waves crash from atop strikingly green bluffs. Zipline tours and horseback rides are also offered nearby. After exploring North Kohala's landscape, nearby Keokea Beach and Mahukona Beach Park make for peaceful spots to gather seashells, head off on scuba trips, or recruit an army of hermit crabs.
Although North Kohala possesses the exotic allure Hawaii is known for, its small towns are a welcome respite from crowded tourist hot spots. In the tiny town of Kapaau, you can observe 19th-century architecture and the gilded Kamehameha I statue, built in the late 1800s to honor Hawaii's first and most beloved king (who was born in Kohala). Nearby, in the former sugar town of Hawi, handmade jewelry stores, coffee shops, and art galleries have moved into the old plantation buildings.
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