THE HERITAGE COAST!

            The windward part of the Big Island was once known as "The Sugar Coast" as a continuous series of plantations linked Hilo to Honokaa. A railroad hauled sugar to the Hilo piers and provided the lifeline for transporting people and supplies.  High trestles spaned the gulches.  But as the plantations closed one by one, the area is becoming alive with new activity!

            The residents got input into what was possible and their solutions were comfortable for each community.  Like truck stops along a long highway, "community stops" were established as catalysts to cluster the visitor assets where possible or to deseminate information about nearby points of interests.  Highway signs were installed and brochures printed. Bed and breakfasts were encouraged to share the flavor and history of The Heritage Coast! 

WELCOME TO THE HAMAKUA DISTRICT!

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       You'll see this sign as you're driving from Kamuela (Waimea) and heading towards Honokaa.  The area is often foggy and tall Eucalyptus trees line the road. 
EucalyptusInFogHonokaa.jpg (13060 bytes)        These older Eucalyptus grow in a dense forest and tower above the highway. They have few branches with growth mainly where there's light. 
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TEX DRIVE INN
       Those entering the Hamakua district from Kona or South Kohala that want or need a "pit stop" should be on the lookout for the Tex Drive Inn sign to see Honokaa's answer to McDonalds.   But instead of just burgers and fries,  explore local "ono (delicious) food" in the form of plate lunches, and hot malasadas (Portugese donuts with no holes).  Meet Ada, the irrepressible Spirit of Honokaa!

 

HONOKAA TOWN
WAIPIO VALLEY & LOOKOUT
LAPAHOEHOE POINT
LAPAHOEHOE TRAIN STATION
WORLD BOTANICAL GARDEN
KALOPA STATE PARK
ONOMEA SCENIC DRIVE
AKAKA FALLS STATE PARK
HAWAII TROPICAL BOTANICAL GARDEN

 

 

 

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