Experience Holualoa - Big Island Activities & Attractions

"Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace."
Paul Theroux

Explore the Big IslandDuring your vacation in Hawaii, take a short walk to the top of our driveway for an adventure and the unexpected pleasures of Holualoa, our magical Hawai’ian village.

Located along the Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor the village of Holualoa has a distinctive small town charm and is rich in Hawai’ian history and culture.

There are many different Big Island activities and attractions to enjoy. Go to our Hawaii travel blog to read our suggestions. Stroll through the celebrated artists’ village and explore a menagerie of galleries, shops and eateries. Colorful wooden store fronts, which once housed such sites as The Telephone Company, Hayashi Hospital and The Old Post Office, are now home to artists’ studios, ukulele makers, boutiques featuring handcrafted Island gifts and of course, coffee! As the heart of the Kona Coffee Belt, this Old Hawai’i town boasts a bounty of original coffee farms rich with lore and stories of her first farms. Find your perfect room or book a Big Island romantic getaway package today.

Rich with Art & History

Holualoa Village Association
Representing merchants from throughout the area, you can find links to just about everyone in town on this site. Come visit The Big Island in November when the town hosts their annual Coffee & Art Stroll. The galleries and historic buildings of Holualoa open their doors to the coffee community and the public with over 30 roasters and farmers offering their finest blends to sample.

Kona Historical Society
Experience early ranch life in Hawaii with a visit to the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum or chat with costumed docents about life as a coffee pioneer at Kona Coffee Living History Farm. Whether you are provisioning from the Greenwell Store, learning to bake bread in the Portuguese stone oven, or walking the land of the historic Uchida Coffee Farm, you will have enjoy a memorable glimpse into Hawaii’s vibrant past.

Donkey Mill Art Center
Donkey Mill Art Center is a non-profit charitable organization that offers art education for adults and youth at the Donkey Mill, a site steeped in the history of Kona's coffee farms in the artist community of Holualoa.

Through classes and workshops, art exhibitions and cultural events, Donkey Mill Art Center is a dynamic and nurturing environment that helps individuals discover, develop, and expand their artistic and creative abilities.

E komo mai — Come join us!

Here are a few of our favorite outfitters for exploring the Big Island by air, land or sea!

Into the Blue
Explore untouched coral reefs, snorkel with dolphins and whales (seasonal) and swim through sea caves and lava tubes off of Into the Blue's 6-person catamaran. Private charters are available for sunset sails and sport fishing as well.

Hawaii Forest and Trail
Twenty years of guiding and crafting specialized tours, make them the go-to operator if you want to explore the Big Island through an expert’s lens. Pick your adventure, be it tracking down rare indigenous birds, hiking Kilauea, stargazing at Mauna Kea or forging tropical forests and waterfalls. Small group tours with experienced leaders are their hallmark and customized tours are also available. Expert guides will share their love of the Big Island leaving you with a deeper understanding of Hawai’i’s natural resources, cultural heritage and the need for preservation of the land.

Eka Canoe Adventures
Eka Canoe Adventures is the most unique way to experience Hawai’ian waters along the Kona Coastline.  Aboard the 40-foot replica of a Hawaiian double-hulled sailing canoe Wa'a Kini Kini you will enjoy not only sailing and snorkeling, but some “Talk Story” as well. Hawai’ian storytelling by your experienced crew will enhance your experience and appreciation of the coastal region. Guests are invited to paddle, sail or just kick back and enjoy their Journey through History.

Paradise Helicopters
Paradise Helicopters offers a truly extraordinary way to see all that the Big Island has to offer. From ocean to rainforest, volcano to desert, lush green valleys to snow-capped mountains, water falls to black sand beaches, all tours are fully-narrated by pilots well versed in Hawaiian geology, history and culture, and each tour offers two-way communication. Charter tours available as well.

Kona Boys
Whether snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, enjoying a canoe ride or simply relaxing on the beach, Kona Boys offers incredible opportunities to explore the Kona Coast and learn about the Hawaiian culture. Located on the beach at Kamakahonu Bay in the heart of Kailua-Kona, the Kona Boys Beach Shack has everything you need for your ocean adventure, including exceptional teachers and excursion guides.