Things to do in Honokaa Town and surrounding areas in the Big Island

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.

Where is Honoka’a town located in Hawaii

Honoka’a town is located on the Big Island of Hawaii, specifically on the northern side of the island. Honoka’a town is approximately 13 miles (21 kilometers) northeast of Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii, making it about a 20 to 30-minute drive, depending on traffic and specific starting and ending points.

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 Honoka’a

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

Weather and best time to visit Honoka’a

When planning a visit to Honoka’a on the Big Island of Hawaii, consider the weather and the best time to visit for an enjoyable experience:

Weather Overview: Honoka’a enjoys a tropical climate with relatively consistent temperatures throughout the year. However, it’s important to note that the town’s location on the windward (eastern) side of the Big Island means it receives more rainfall.

Best Time to Visit (May – September):

  • Dry Season: The best time to visit Honoka’a is during the drier months, from May to September. During this period, you can expect warm and mostly sunny weather, making it ideal for outdoor activities, exploring waterfalls, and enjoying the lush landscapes.

Wet Season (October – April):

  • Rainfall: Honoka’a’s wet season, from October to April, can bring heavy rainfall and more overcast days. The eastern side of the Big Island is generally wetter during this time.
  • Considerations: While the wet season can still be enjoyable, it’s important to be prepared for rain, and some outdoor activities may be limited.

Festivals and Events:

  • Honoka’a Western Week (May): Experience a taste of the Wild West with rodeos, parades, and cowboy-themed events.
  • Paniolo Parade and Ho’olaule’a (September): Celebrate Hawaiian cowboy culture with a lively parade and festivities.

Weather Tips:

  • Rain Gear: If visiting during the wet season, bring rain gear, including waterproof jackets and hiking boots, for outdoor adventures.
  • Sun Protection: Regardless of the season, pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats to protect yourself from the sun’s strong rays.

Conclusion: The best time to visit Honoka’a depends on your preferences. The dry season, from May to September, offers the most reliable weather for outdoor activities. However, if you’re interested in witnessing waterfalls at their peak and don’t mind occasional rain, the wet season can provide a unique and lush experience. Regardless of when you visit, Honoka’a’s rich heritage and stunning natural beauty await your exploration.

Tex Mex malasadas  at Honoka'a

Other things to do around Honoka’a area

If you are looking for fun things and places nearby, check out these posts below.

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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Conclusion to visiting Honoka’a town

In conclusion, a visit to Honoka’a town in Hawaii is like stepping into a charming and historic Hawaiian time capsule. This picturesque town, nestled on the lush Hamakua Coast, captivates visitors with its quaint streets, unique shops, and a sense of community that exudes the spirit of Aloha. As you explore Honoka’a, you’ll encounter local flavors, vibrant arts, and a deep connection to the island’s heritage. Whether you’re strolling down Mamane Street, savoring fresh produce at the farmers’ market, or simply enjoying the breathtaking surroundings, Honoka’a offers an authentic Hawaiian experience that celebrates its past while embracing the present.

Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich culture and natural beauty of Honoka’a during your Hawaiian adventure.

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