Palm Trees, A BayKohala

Ipu lei Kohala n aka Moa’e kū. (Kohala is a very windy place).

Kohala was the first volcano on Hawai'i to breach the ocean’s surface and hence the oldest volcano on the Big Island. Its age is evident by lush rainforests and deep valleys carved by water runoff. Now known for the mega-resorts on its western side, most of Kohala is wild and untamed. The summit of dormant Kohala is now choked by deep rainforest, and the main attraction here is the amazing northern valleys of the Kohala coast. Kohala’s north coast is famous for Waipi’o Valley, a storybook tropical valley with a lot of history and thousand foot waterfalls with a picturesque black sand beach. While Waipi’o has become a more popular tourist destination in the past decade or so, solitude and more pure nature can be found by visiting remote Waimanu Valley or even Pololū Valley. This area was of great importance to the ancient Hawaiians, and there are several fascinating ancient sites along this coast. Some of the best beaches in the world dot the western Kohala coast, most notably Hapuna Beach.



Refer to the map below to find the hikes in the Kohala section. The hikes in the drop down menu are listed counter-clockwise from east to west around the tip of Kohala. Also click the links below to explore each hike.

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Waipi'o Valley

Waimanu Valley

Pololū Valley

Mo'okini Heiau

Maka o Hule Navigation Heiau

Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site


Puakō Malama Petroglyph Preserve

Keawaiki Bay to A Bay

Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve

Kiholo Bay