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Honokaa is a scenic, rural plantation town located on the north coast of The Big Island of Hawaii. This small community dates back to the sugar plantation days of more than 100 years ago, and has art galleries and shops, historic points of interest, a really great bakery, a health center and several beautiful bed and breakfasts. Honokaa also has a great location, sitting about halfway between the cities of Hilo and Kona. This puts you just an easy day trip from all the best Big Island attractions. But, the major attraction to the town of Honokaa is Waipio Valley, which is about a 15-minute drive from town along Highway 24. At the end of the highway, visitors can stop at a lookout that gives dramatic views of the valley and ocean, and on a sunny day, the island of Maui can be seen in the distance. This is a great area for hikers, bikers, ocean swimmers, kayackers, and fishermen, or it's a nice spot for a lazy day picnic! It has often been described as "a tropical Grand Canyon," and there are horseback, mule wagon and trekking tours available in the valley. Another attraction in town is the Honokaa Peoples Theater which is home to the annual Hamakua Music Festival that hosts many world class entertainers. You'll be charmed by the unspoiled people and places of Old Town Honokaa.

Surrounding areas: Waipio Valley, Hawaii (9.0 mi), Waimea, Hawaii (12.5 mi), Laupahoehoe, Hawaii (16.1 mi), Kamuela, Hawaii (16.4 mi), Papaaloa, Hawaii (19.9 mi), Ninole, Hawaii (23.1 mi), Kohala Ranch, Hawaii (23.8 mi)

Honokaa Vacation Rentals

Honokaa Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Bay Club At Waikoloa Beach69-450 Waikoloa BCH DrKamuela, HI15.5 mi.(808) 885-7979
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel62-100 Kauna'oa DrKamuela, HI15.5 mi.(808) 880-1111
Hilton Waikoloa Village425 Waikoloa BCH DrKamuela, HI15.5 mi.(808) 885-1234
Mauna Beach Hotel62-100 Mauna Kea BCH DrKamuela, HI15.5 mi.(808) 880-1111
Nomura Hawaii VillageSouth Kaniku DrKamuela, HI15.5 mi.(808) 885-6611
Orchid At Mauna LaniNorth Kaniku DrKohala Coast, HI15.5 mi.(808) 845-9905
Hyatt Regency WaikoloaWaikoloa, HI23.1 mi.(808) 885-1234
The Bay Club At Wailea Resort69-450 Waikoloa BCH DrWaikoloa, HI23.1 mi.(808) 886-7979
Elima Lani @ Walkosoa Village68-3883 Lua Kula StWaikoloa, HI23.5 mi.(800) 367-5004
The Fairmont Orchid1 N Kaniku DrKamuela, HI27.1 mi.(808) 885-2000
Nomura Hawaii Village68-1270 S Kaniku DrKamuela, HI27.4 mi.(808) 885-6611

Honokaa Weather & Climate

The north side of The Big Island, like all of Hawaii, has two seasons, winter and summer. The main differences are the amount of rain and to a lesser degree, the temperatures. Temperatures depend on elevation, and in summer, it is cooler at elevations over 2000-ft. The temperature drops three degrees for every 1000-ft of elevation. It also rains more in the mountains and upcountry areas, especially on the windward (east) side. Consistent trade winds keep summer temperatures tolerable. "Konas" can blow in from the south or west and bring humid, sticky, or sweltering weather and thunderstorms - but these periods of rain and humidity are short. Winter runs from mid-October through April, and during this period, rains are more frequent. Trade winds that usually blow in from the northeast are somewhat erratic and in February, may actually cease for a few weeks.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 76°F 64°F 9.79 in. 72°F
February 76°F 64°F 5.49 in. 72°F
March 76°F 64°F 10.44 in. 71°F
April 76°F 65°F 9.07 in. 72°F
May 77°F 66°F 4.43 in. 72°F
June 79°F 68°F 3.58 in. 74°F
July 80°F 69°F 5.44 in. 74°F
August 81°F 69°F 4.48 in. 75°F
September 81°F 70°F 3.34 in. 75°F
October 80°F 69°F 4.87 in. 75°F
November 79°F 68°F 9.02 in. 74°F
December 77°F 65°F 6.62 in. 73°F

Honokaa Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Waimea Kohala airport (MUE) located about 14 miles west of Honokaa in Kamuela, Hawaii, the Hilo International airport (ITO) located approximately 36 miles southeast of Honokaa in Hilo, Hawaii, and finally the Kona International At Keahole airport (KOA) located roughly 44 miles southwest of Honokaa in Kailua / Kona, Hawaii.

Honokaa Attractions

State Parks
Mauna Kea State ParkHI22.9 mi. 
Hapuna Beach State ParkHI23.9 mi. 
ĎAkaka Falls State ParkHI25.8 mi. 
Wailoa River State ParkHI35.1 mi. 

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