Around The Island
The Big Island
The Big Island is the largest and the youngest of the Hawaiian Islands and boasts 10 of the world's 14 available microclimates, ranging from vibrant tropical jungle to arid desert tundra. This ancient and sacred island is home to the tallest mountain, Mauna Kea, the world’s most active volcano, Kiluaea, and the largest mountain, Mauna Loa (in cubic feet). The Big Island of Hawaii is a treasure of geological extremes like nowhere else on earth.
The distance to Honoka’a is five miles and is accessible by walking or hitching a ride—Honoka’a is a laid back, friendly little town on the Hamakua coast. The town’s economy was based on sugar production from 1873 to 1994, but now is home to small grocery stores and multiple restaurants and shops. Since it’s nearest to our farm, you'll likely be visiting Honoka'a often.
The distance to Waipio Valley is five miles and is accessible by walking or hitching a ride—Translated as “Valley of Kings,” and located at the base of the steepest road in America, Waipio Valley is extremely remote and an important site for Hawaiian history and culture. The valley was once the capital of Hawaii and renowned for its towering cliffs and black sand beach. Today, it's considered among the most sacred locations on the Big Island so it’s important to be respectful when visiting. While Waipio is likely to be the most desirable beach, please bear in mind that it's only accessible by hitching a ride from someone with a four-wheel drive car or tackling the strenuous hike in and out of the valley.
The distance to Waimea is just over eighteen miles and is a twenty-five minute drive. It is accessible by bus or hitching a ride—Waimea is a ranching community where you can find a larger variety of restaurants, shops, and beautiful rolling, green pastures. You'll probably find yourself in Waimea to visit the larger grocery store, Foodland, or grab a bite to eat on the weekend.
The distance to Hilo is forty-seven and a half miles, a one-hour drive, accessible by bus or hitching a ride—Hilo is the county seat of the Big Island. It's a large region brimming with waterfalls, rainforests, botanical gardens, and one of the largest farmers markets on the island. There are plenty of activities to enjoy, hostels, and places to eat, and it’s only a two dollars for a bus ride away from Honoka'a. Hilo is definitely a good place to visit on the weekend.
The distance to Kona is sixty miles, a one and a half hour drive accessible by bus or hitching a ride—Kona is the fastest growing city on the island. Its coastline is comprised of lava fields, white sand beaches, and crystal blue water. This is also where the majority of larger resorts are located. Kona is a good place to visit for snorkeling, shopping, nightlife, or beachfront relaxation.