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Kohala Coast—along the northwest side of the Big Island of Hawaii—is known for its seaside resort communities and award-winning golf courses. Tucked amid the prestigious Hualalai Golf Course, the Inspirato vacation homes feature lush golf course views and private pools.
Farther north, stay in one of our Balinese pod-style homes, Hale Elua or Hale Elima, ideal for families with older children or couples traveling together. Hale Kai and Hale Kealoha offer the best beach access in Kohala Coast; they are a 20-foot walk across lava rock from your backyard to reach the sand. Spacious Keliana overlooks a golf course with ocean views in the distance.
The Big Island offers something to entice everyone; world-class dining, scuba diving, hiking a volcano, exploring a rainforest or a champagne sail at sunset. Between the snow-capped hills and hardened lava fields are stretches of pristine white and black sand beaches as well as clear blue water with rich coral and marine life. On the revered Kohala Coast, the many micro-climates of the Big Island give way to bright sun.
Board an OceanSports sunset cruise and head out to sea in search of humpback whales. Sip island brews and fresh tropical cocktails, and nibble on hot and cold appetizers while you cruise.
In Waimea, make reservations at Merriman's Home of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. They've been serving up local fare for more than 20 years and the menu features dishes like Kalua pig, sweet onion quesadillas, and wok-charred ahi tuna.
Much of the sand on the beaches of the Big Island is volcanic and black. For a stretch of picturesque white sand and a traditional beach day, make your way to Hapuna Beach, a 61-acre stretch of fine, golden sand and park.
Why hike when you can kayak to Captain Cook's Monument? Kayakers cross Kealakekua Bay, where dolphins will greet you in one of the world's most pristine snorkel and dive areas. Bring your snorkel gear for the calm waters on the other side.
Sip a Dr. Funk or try Sam's Lapu Lapu, just a few of the many varieties of Don's Original Rum Rhapsodies available only at Don the Beachcomber's, overlooking Kailua Bay. Plan to arrive just before sunset and enjoy the view.
Surround yourself with refreshing saltwater air and more twinkling stars than you've ever seen in the night sky. Enjoy dinner on the beach, by candlelight and starlight, at Pahu i'a restaurant, where you will also be serenaded with live local music.
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The Big Island boasts the largest active island volcano in the world, snow-capped mountains, lush rain forests, hardened lava deserts and stretches of pristine beach, not to mention some of the best snorkeling and diving in Hawaii.
Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 333,000 acres that boast 150 hiking trails. Kilauea volcano, "the world's only drive-in volcano," produces 250,000-650,000 cubic yards of lava per day, enough to resurface 20 miles of a two-lane road.
Kona has some of the world's best coffee; one of the smoothest is the Holualoa Co.'s Peaberry Medium, from organically grown, handpicked beans. There's nothing like waking up to a perfect cup as you watch the sun rise over Hualalai Mountain.
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The Kohala Coast resides on the sun-kissed western side of the Big Island, where high temperatures hover between 80 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and lows fall to around 70 degrees. Save for the occasional drizzle of rain, the sun shines almost daily, making it an ideal base for snorkeling, sipping tropical cocktails along the waterfront and frolicking on the beach.