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North Kohala is the northernmost district of the Big Island. Here, volcano goddess Pele’s creation has geologically matured and weathered over millennia from rugged lava into lush, rolling agricultural lands and wild isolated valleys. North Kohala is the birthplace of Kamehameha the Great and as such is a landmark of Hawaiian history. This area serves as both a center of ranching and agricultural production and as a bedroom community to the high-end resorts of the adjacent South Kohala Coast.
The small towns of Hawi and Kapa'au are home to a community of artists, business professionals, paniolo (cowboys), kama'aina families and retirees. Their colorful main street is lined with shops, galleries, eateries and markets that beckon the curious to stop and "talk story." Overall, the climate is benign, but powerful winds and storms can blow through.
Traveling south along the coast, residents of communities like Kohala Ranch and Kohala Estates, poised high above the coast, enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and neighboring Maui, seasonal whale-watching and breathtaking sunsets. Further down along the shore, property designated as Hawaiian Homelands runs into the Kawaihae area. Once a thriving center of Kamehameha’s kingdom, Kawaihae is still home to the ancient Hawaiian temple of Pu'ukohola.
With its rich history, artistic energy and vast open spaces, North Kohala is known to lure those seeking a sense of place and peace on Hawaii’s Big Island.