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Kapaau is a sleepy little village that sits on the northern tip of The Big Island, near Keokea Beach Park. This beautiful region, locally known as the North Kohala Area, has sweeping mountain vistas and panoramic ocean views, and was the birthplace of King Kamehameha. Each spring there is a festival in Kapaau that starts with a lei draping ceremony at the statue of the King, followed by a parade through town, princesses on horseback and other games and festivities at Kapaau's Kamehameha Park. The town of Kapaau also offers visitors shopping in art galleries and small boutiques, and is just two miles from the town of Hawi, known for its' beautiful village green, fine restaurants and arts community. A farmer's market is also held in Hawi every Saturday "under the Banyan Tree," and features locally grown fresh produce and exotic fruits. From Kapaau, it is only a two-mile drive to the magnificent Pololu Valley with its' beautiful black sand beach. Recreational activities in the region include swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, fishing and whale watching (January through March.)

Surrounding areas: Hawi, Hawaii (2.2 mi), Kawaihae, Hawaii (13.2 mi), Waipio Valley, Hawaii (15.5 mi), Kamuela, Hawaii (16.6 mi), Waimea, Hawaii (17.5 mi), Mauna Lani, Hawaii (20.4 mi), Waikoloa Village, Hawaii (20.7 mi)

Kapaau Vacation Rentals

Kapaau Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Bay Club At Waikoloa Beach69-450 Waikoloa BCH DrKamuela, HI14.8 mi.(808) 885-7979
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel62-100 Kauna'oa DrKamuela, HI14.8 mi.(808) 880-1111
Hilton Waikoloa Village425 Waikoloa BCH DrKamuela, HI14.8 mi.(808) 885-1234
Mauna Beach Hotel62-100 Mauna Kea BCH DrKamuela, HI14.8 mi.(808) 880-1111
Nomura Hawaii VillageSouth Kaniku DrKamuela, HI14.8 mi.(808) 885-6611
Orchid At Mauna LaniNorth Kaniku DrKohala Coast, HI14.8 mi.(808) 845-9905
Hyatt Regency WaikoloaWaikoloa, HI19.9 mi.(808) 885-1234
The Bay Club At Wailea Resort69-450 Waikoloa BCH DrWaikoloa, HI19.9 mi.(808) 886-7979
The Fairmont Orchid1 N Kaniku DrKamuela, HI20.0 mi.(808) 885-2000
Nomura Hawaii Village68-1270 S Kaniku DrKamuela, HI20.3 mi.(808) 885-6611
Elima Lani @ Walkosoa Village68-3883 Lua Kula StWaikoloa, HI20.6 mi.(800) 367-5004

Kapaau Weather & Climate

The North Kohala Coast on the northern tip of The Big Island has a climate similar to the wet windward (or eastern) side of the island. This means rain and wind storms are more frequent during Hawaii's winter months, November through April (although they generally clear up within 24 hours.) Unlike temperature, Hawaii's rainfall varies tremendously according to location and altitude. The most rain usually occurs at moderate elevations on the east sides of the islands due to moisture-laden ocean tradewinds. Thunderstorms are also possible on the Kohala Coast in the summertime. Even the warmest summer days are kept comfortable with the blowing trade winds. The average air temperature ranges from 74 to 88 degrees with moderate humidity of around 53 percent during the day.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 79°F 66°F 7.19 in. 72°F
February 79°F 66°F 4.90 in. 72°F
March 79°F 66°F 8.44 in. 71°F
April 80°F 67°F 6.86 in. 72°F
May 82°F 68°F 3.88 in. 72°F
June 84°F 69°F 4.64 in. 74°F
July 85°F 70°F 5.25 in. 74°F
August 86°F 71°F 4.65 in. 75°F
September 86°F 71°F 3.35 in. 75°F
October 85°F 71°F 4.16 in. 75°F
November 82°F 69°F 7.34 in. 74°F
December 80°F 67°F 5.89 in. 73°F

Kapaau Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Waimea Kohala airport (MUE) located about 18 miles south of Kapaau in Kamuela, Hawaii, the Kona International At Keahole airport (KOA) located approximately 37 miles southwest of Kapaau in Kailua / Kona, Hawaii, the Hilo International airport (ITO) located roughly 60 miles southeast of Kapaau in Hilo, Hawaii, and finally the Kahului airport (OGG) located around 61 miles northwest of Kapaau in Kahului, Hawaii.

Kapaau Attractions

State Parks
Hapuna Beach State ParkHI16.7 mi. 
Kona Coast State ParkHI33.3 mi. 
Mauna Kea State ParkHI37.9 mi. 

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