Known for its rich history, breathtaking views, and connection to Hawaiian culture.

Welcome to Kohala

The Kohala coastal region of Hawaii is known for its ranching culture, breathtaking views, and rich history. Covering a large portion of Hawaii's northern end, Kohala includes several distinct areas, including Hala'ula, Puako, Waikoloa Village, and Waimea. From the Kohala Coast to the Kohala Mountains, Kohala offers a versatile range of homes and lifestyles, from sprawling ranches to luxury waterfront condominiums. Outdoor activities in this region include hiking, kayaking, whale watching, golfing, and horseback riding. 

Kohala has several luxurious neighborhoods, including Kohala by the Sea, Kohala Waterfront, and Kohala Ranch. Kohala by the Sea is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods along the Kohala Coast, as it was designed to enhance the stunning ocean, sunset, and Maui views from each house. Kohala Ranch is a gated neighborhood known for its panoramic views of the Pacific. The Kohala Waterfront neighborhood exudes luxury, quality, and style, with its homesites designed to maximize sunset views all year round. With access to several dining and shopping options, pristine beaches, and stunning views, it's easy to see why this region is so popular. 

What to Love

  • Panoramic views from every angle
  • Numerous shopping and dining options
  • Fascinating ranching culture

Local Lifestyle

Kohala's cliffs, valleys, and rainforests are well suited for outdoor enthusiasts. The Kohala Coast borders the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and is Hawaii's best whale-watching spot. Kohala is also ideal for horseback riding. Several horseback riding tour companies offer trail rides in the mountains. 

Residents of Kohala also love to skydive over the Kohala Coast and take in its stunning views. Zip lines in Kohala are built over scenic areas and geological features such as forests, meadows, and jungles. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

From open-air markets with a wide range of goods to high-end boutiques and jewelers, Kohala has a wide range of shopping options. For designer items, Kings' Shops at Waikoloa Village offers a wide range of stores, including Tiffany & Co and Louis Vuitton. At the Kona International MarketAli'i Gardens Marketplace, and Kona Farmers Market, you can find locally-made jewelry, art, home décor, and clothing. Voted the #1 shopping center in West Hawaii for over three years, Lanihau Center is comprised of upscale shops and high-end restaurants.

Roy's Waikoloa Bar & Grill is the place to go if you're craving a high-end meal of Hawaii fusion cuisine. Roy’s is famous for its delicious steaks, desserts, salad, and seafood—all created with a Pacific twist. In Kawaihae, Café Pesto serves Italian cuisine with vibrant Hawaiian flavors. Other notable restaurants include Brown's Beach HouseManta RestaurantMerriman's, and Big Island Brewhaus

Things to Do

Visit the Pololu Valley Lookout, located at the end of Highway 270. This natural overlook allows guests to experience Kohala’s crashing waves, lush cliffs, and blue ocean waters. 

Black Sand Beach is also a popular spot for locals and visitors, as it features lava rocks and coarse, dark sand. 
Visit Waialea Beach and spend the day snorkeling in its reefs and tidepools. This beach is located on the Ala Kahakai Trail, a great hiking trail for hiking enthusiasts. 

If you want to immerse yourself in the rich history of Kohala, visit  Lapakahi State Historical Park, Parker Ranch, or the Kamehameha Statue. Art galleries like Ackerman Galleries offer a curated collection of Hawaiian fine art and jewelry. 

Take a scenic drive along Kohala Mountain Road, which is considered to be one of the Big Island's most scenic drives. This road climbs uphill past rolling green hills, ironwood trees, and showcases picture-perfect views of stunning mountainscapes and ocean views.


The Hawaii Department of Education serves the region of Kohala. Top-performing schools in the area include:

  • Waikoloa Elementary and Middle School, PK-8
  • Lanai High and Elementary School, PK-12
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