The Kohala Coast is the Big Islands most popular vacation destination. Why, well the weather here is nothing short of fabulous day in and day out! This is Hawaii ‘s Golf Mecca with world-class golf courses. Just getting there is a visual adventure as you drive through vast, dramatic lava fields. If your eyes are really sharp, you might be able to spot the Kona Nightingales (donkeys) which blend into the landscape.
Upcountry, the scenery changes dramatically. Waimea is home to Parker Ranch where fluorescent green pastures give way to lush valleys and a host of vibrant natural greens. Over the last few years, the Kohala Coast on the Big Island’s northwest side has become Hawaii’s leading luxury resort destination. Spread along some 20 miles of spectacular warm coastline north of Kailua-Kona are the magnificent resorts of Kona Village and Four Seasons at Kaupulehu, Waikoloa, Mauna Lani and Mauna Kea. These resorts and their individual hotel properties combine world-class luxury accommodations with vacation activities like golf, tennis, water sports, plus fine dining as well.
Some of the Kohala Coast’s best attractions are Anaeho`omalu Beach Park at Waikoloa, Holoholokai Beach and the Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve at Mauna Lani Resort, Hapuna Beach Park, Kauna`oa Beach at Mauna Kea Resort, Spencer Beach Park and Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site at Kawaihae. All of these sites are easily accessible from the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway 19, which follows along the length of the Kohala Coast.