The 6 Best Things to Do in Honokaa, United States

December 18, 2017 Merry Kessler

Honokaa is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Hamakua District of Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. The population was 2,258 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Honokaa

1. Waipio Valley Lookout

45-690 Pakalana St, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727-6934 +1 808-464-0840
Excellent
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4.5 based on 673 reviews

Waipio Valley Lookout

Reviewed By jjluke - calgary, ab

Though we did not hike or drive into the valley itself, definitely worth checking out the Waipio Valley Lookout for its breathtaking, million-dollar views. There is an access road down to the valley itself, however only 4WD vehicles are recommended as it is a very steep grade. There may be some people willing to drive you down should you be interested. Otherwise, it is worth stopping to take a few pictures and immerse yourself with the beautiful landscape. Parking is a bit tough to come by on busy days, but you can probably manage to find some on the street. Just be mindful of property driveways and such!

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2. Hiilawe Falls

Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI
Excellent
67%
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Hiilawe Falls

Reviewed By Thomas V - Kennesaw, Georgia

We stopped during a ATV tour to view the falls. Great photo op and also of the black sand beaches. Beautiful falls.

3. Mauna Kea Tea

46-3870 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727-7038 +1 808-775-1171
Excellent
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5 based on 19 reviews

Mauna Kea Tea

We share our learning and appreciation of farming and rural lifestyle through tasting of tea and private farm tour. We hope you will take time to find deeper connection with nature and an appreciation for the way of tea. We are a small family run farm engaging in farming activities and tea production. Please call or email for an early reservation so that we can put some time aside to share our stories.

Reviewed By relaxbirdies - Virginia

We enjoyed visiting Mauna Kea Tea. It was cool to see the tea in different stages of the growing process, and the teas they let you try are delicious, so I enjoyed that as well.

As another reviewer noted, we didn't really learn as much as we could have on the actual production phase, which would have been interesting. I also would have liked to see production tools, or videos of how it is done.

The tour seemed like it was still a bit in the beginning phases and was a bit more "on the fly" and less structured. The tea tasting though was down to a T, and the owner really gave a lot of thought to the presentation and information about the teas, helping us taste subtle flavors and giving us histories on them.

The tour is a bit pricey so if you aren't a tea lover, this may not be the best tour for you. But if you love green tea, you'll love Mauna Kea Tea's.

4. Hamakua Harvest Farmers Market

44-2600 Hawaii Belt Highway, intersection of Māmāne Street and Māmalahoa Highway 19, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727 +1 808-640-2506
Excellent
75%
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5 based on 12 reviews

Hamakua Harvest Farmers Market

Vendors offer local products ranging from tropical fruits and fresh bread, to honey and goat cheese, to Thai food and coffee. SNAP/EBT welcomed, most vendors accept benefits. Education events, live music and youth-focused activities for family fun. The Farmers' Market at Hāmākua Harvest is the first phase of an integrated agricultural hub currently in its developmental stages. It will provide a community-based platform for collaboration, innovation, and revitalization of the Hāmākua region's rural economy.

Reviewed By Jaymie S

We love stopping by this Sunday market after church for a wonderful lunch, great music and to stock up on our produce. They support their community by allowing the public library as well as the local Girl Scout troop to have booths when requested. It is a great place to meet old as well as new friends and to find the hidden treasures of this Hamakua Coast.

5. Kahi Ola Mau Farm

45-3584 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727-6980 +1 808-494-2129
Excellent
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5 based on 8 reviews

Kahi Ola Mau Farm

Calling all chocolate lovers! Join us at our farm store for a tasting of select chocolates from around the world (including Hawai'i) that we make all on site (no store bought chocolate here!), allowing you to experience how a particular region's climate, soil and terrain affect the taste of the chocolate, "the terroir" as winemakers so famously say. The state of Hawai'i is the only place in the United States where cacao is commercially grown. We'll share the history and chocolate-making process from the tree to bean to bar. Besides the 300 cacao trees you'll see on our 5-acre farm, we also grow nearly forty varieties of exotic fruit on the farm, including 1,200 white pineapple plants, as well as native Hawaiian sugar cane, vanilla orchids, and more! We'll taste whatever is in season. If you're looking for a unique foodie experience, this is a must! Our hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday by appointment from 10am to noon.

Reviewed By Crystal W

A tasting at Kahi Ola Mau Farm is so much more than a chance to eat delicious chocolate. Mike and Rhonda have quite the operation. As you pull into the property, you will notice the cacao trees and pineapple patch. Ask them to point out the huge avocado tree, as well! When it comes time for the chocolate, there's no stuffiness here. Mike will help you understand what you are tasting and prompt you to notice the differences between the different types of chocolate. And of course, you're bound to find some (or all) of the chocolate delicious, as well as memorable. I will never think of chocolate the same way again.

45-3626 Mamane St Unit B, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727-6910 +1 808-775-7715
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4 based on 4 reviews

Big Island Glass Gallery

Reviewed By Tonja S - Broomfield, Colorado

We were driving Old Mamaloa highway while sightseeing (on a Saturday) and saw a handmade sign pointing us to Art Glass so we pulled in. Turned out we had found the studio for Big Island Glass. They were so friendly and invited us to watch them blow glass. We watched Hugh make two pieces and he talked us through everything. They have a second small gallery there as well. We had a great time (including my teens and my parents -in their 70s). They make beautiful art!! Highly recommend you stop in and visit them!

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