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.