Hawaii (Big Island) is the gateway to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and is blessed with dramatic waterfalls, fertile rain forests and blooming natural gardens. Hawaii Island, is separated into 7 main regions.
A busy farming and fishing area in early times, Hilo evolved into a commercial center for the sugar industry in the 1800’s and became the seat of county government. The Hilo region is the geographic flip side of the volcanic Kohala Coast.
The spectacular natural waterfalls, tropical fern forests, emerald fields, hiking trails and stunning ocean vistas along Highway 19 northwest of Hilo are referred to as the Hilo–Hamakua Heritage Coast a "4 mile scenic drive" on the ocean side.
There is very little modern development along the North Kohala Coast so you can get a real feel of how locals have lived here for the last 150 years. Take a leisurely drive along the Kohala Coast to the lush, undeveloped pastoral lands of North Kohala.
Kohala is the name of the northwest portion of the island of Hawaiʻi. In ancient Hawaii it was often ruled by an independent High Chief called the Aliʻi Nui. Marvel as you drive and take in the rugged lava fields surrounding you on both sides.
Hawaii Island’s southernmost region is vast, rural and remote. Kau seems almost untouched by modern civilization except around the small communities of Naalehu and Pahala. In this area you’ll discover things have moved along at a slow pace all their own.