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Located on the northern tip of the Big Island is the district of North Kohala where the towns of Kapaau and neighboring Hawi are located. A serene lifestyle surrounded by an abundance of nature is the standard for residents of North Kohala. This magical area of the Big Island is filled with lush rainforests, deep valleys, rugged cliffs, and wild black sand beaches, all waiting to be explored.

Spread across an area of 132.9 square miles, North Kohala is home to multiple areas of interest and different climates. Because of the rural location, the area is well-known for its laid back lifestyle, breathtaking vistas, and historic Hawaiian towns. The district’s rich cultural history and connection to the roots of Hawaiian heritage is one reason people love living in North Kohala. The famous Hawaiian king, Kamehameha was born here.

The rainfall in Kohala made this region once a thriving sugar plantation for decades beginning back in the 1800s. But in the 1970s, the Kohala Sugar Mills closed operation. A large portion of that land is currently being used for diversified agriculture.

North Kohala is a rural agricultural community with vast undeveloped pastoral lands.

Hawi and Kapa’au are the main towns in the region. Hawi is a beautiful town located near the Polulu Valley. Back in the day, the town used to be the busiest hub of the sugar industry in North Kohala. But currently, Hawi is renowned for its quaint art galleries, colorful plantation buildings, and boutique stores. North Kohala has a strong sense of community and a unique lifestyle because of the attitudes, habits, and tastes of the people living here. The scenic architecture in this rural community is abundant. Where locals and visitors connect in coffee shops, grocery stores, local farmer markets, and art galleries.

North Kohala has many serene locations with abundant natural features. The island serves as a place where people socialize and have a good time. Residents enjoy a temperate climate here, sunny most of the year, with a cool ocean breeze, and enough rain to keep the region lush and green.

The North Kohala Lifestyle

The Big Island has 10 of the world’s 14 types of climate zones, which lead to many different lifestyles to live and choose from. Lifestyles range from socializing at small bars, farmer markets, shops, and sporting activities to finding quiet places where one can be alone with nature. Unlike its southern counterpart South Kohala, there are no large resorts or hotels here, making it the perfect place for a secluded island getaway.

The culture in Hawaii is generally fun-loving and Aloha lives here. North Kohala has a positive, relaxing culture, and the people are very friendly. The residents of North Kohala are supportive and helpful people, giving the district a real sense of community.


The Big Island has varied sub-climates. When you travel around the island, you experience different types of weather conditions. The island is cool at high elevations but warmer close to the coast. In North Kohala, the weather is fairly consistent year-round, Slightly higher rainfall in the district means North Kohala has some great land for agriculture and farming. The fertile farmland help locals to produce delicious tropical fruits, vegetables sold to local restaurants across the island. Keeping it local means keeping it local and buy local when you can and support the ‘aina’ land.

If you love the outdoors, then North Kohala is a great place to live. The opportunities for enjoying the sunshine, Hawaii’s natural beauty, and magnificent vistas are endless here. Quaint towns with local shops and art galleries can also be found in the small towns in the North Kohala region.

Employment opportunities on the island are centered on healthcare, tourism, hospitality, retail, and education sectors. Service work in the tourism sector always remained strong with thousands of people visiting the Big Island every month.

North Kohala is a naturally beautiful place and the benefits of living here are endless. So, if you are looking to buy a house in this location, here is a list of reasons why:

  • Fertile Land: North Kohala is known for its biodiversity of plants and fauna. Volcanoes help to make the land fertile. Perfect for growing delicious fruits and vegetables that the Big Island is famous for.
  • Bright, Starry Nights: Thanks to the limited light pollution, the skies are very clear in North Kohala, providing residents with an unfiltered look into the cosmos each night.

Closely Connected Communities: The local towns of Hawi, Halala, and Kapa’au are filled with friendly residents who embody the Hawaiian lifestyle. New residents in North Kohala will feel at home in these communities instantly.


  • Kapa’au
  • Puakea Bay Ranch
  • Kohala By The Sea
  • Kohala Ranch
  • Kaauhuhu Homesteads
  • Kohala Waterfront
  • Maliu Ridge I & II
  • Hawi
  • Kapaa
  • Niulii Village