Things to do in Honokaa Town, Hawaii

The sleepy western style town of Honoka’a is the gateway to Waipio Valley and a fun place to explore the main drag of the town. You’ll find some cool boutique stores, antique shops and fantastic dining venues to enjoy in town. Honoka’a is the gateway to Waipio valley but definitely worth a stop to explore the main drag and even have a nice meal in the area.

Things to do in Honokaa Town, Hawaii

Directions to Honoka’a

From Hilo town drive down the Hawaii Belt Road or Hwy 19 about 41.4 miles until you hit the Honoka’a turn off, make a right and drive one mile to the downtown district. From Waimea on Hwy 19, it is approximately 14.7 miles

The closest airport to Honokaa is in Hilo International Airport.

Directions to Honoka'a

Some Honoka’a History

In the early 20th century, Honoka’a was a busy community with a sugar plantation at the Honoka’a Sugar Company. The community became larger and included churches, shops and even a popular community theater at the Honoka’a People’s Theater which used to show international films and is now a community gathering place. Today the city services the local community, tourism at Waipio and surrounding area and local agriculture in fruits, vegetables and Big Island grown beef.

Some Honoka'a History

Things to do in Honok’aa

Stroll down the main street at Mamane street with the various galleries and eateries in the area

Antique shopping is big in Honoka’a with a variety of Antique and consignment shops around town to visit

Visit the main attraction at Honaka’a and drive to magnificent Waipio Valley. The lookout point at Waipio is not to be missed and from the parking lot, just a short walk to the observation area

Take a fun outdoor adventure doing ATV, horseback riding and tours down into the Waipio Valley

Support local grass-fed beef and shop at the beef store butcher at

Visit the Hamakua Harvest Farmers market at downtown Honokaa on Mamane street and Hwy 19

Enjoy some of the delicious Tex Mex malasadas and delicious desserts they offer or some delicious local foods from the area

Tex Mex malasadas  at Honoka'a

Other things to do around Honoka’a area

Visit Kalopa park

Explore Akaka Falls

Stroll the sleepy hamlet of Honomu

Drive down to scenic Lapahoehoe Point along the Hamakua coastline

Visit and hike to Pololu Valley

Visit Waimea, Hawaii

A tour on the old roads of Onomea

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