Our quaint historic towns of Hawi and Kapaau offer an eclectic mix of cafes, fine dining and local restaurants, galleries, fine woodworking, crafts ,jewelry, gifts and clothing. Night life on Friday and Saturday night at delicious Bamboo Restaurant. Sushi Rock is a must for exquisite food choices guests tell me it rivals even San Francisco's finest! Saturday Farmers' Markets, highlighted with talented musicians, are brimming with local produce, baked goods, healthy meals, unique crafts and herbal selections.
Culturally, North Kohala is also diversified. North Kohala is the home of the famous King Kamehameha,uniter of the Islands. June 11, the birthday celebration of the king has a wonderful parade with beautiful p'au riders in all their gorgeous flowing dressings, handsome cowboys, and fine horses decorated with amazing display of Hawaiian flowers. Early in the morning there is an excellent Hawaiian cultural program,and decoration of the King's Statue just downhill from us by our historic courthouse, and a wonderful Holulea with great local music and hula at our fun Kamehameha Park within walking distance from our guesthouse.
Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, and Filipino families have colored the diverse history of our friendly community and hold colorful celebrations on special occasions,like the Chinese Lion Dance through our streets,the fantastic Taiko drumming at events, and the ancient AuBon Japanese ancestral ceremonies in June and July at the Jodo Temples, the fun CatchiCatchi Puerto Rican dances, and awesome Hawaiian Music and Hula special performances,especially our Master Slack Key artist,John Keawe and his lovely wife Hope.
Seems to me ,visitors should stay at least a week and return many times to love Kohala! E como mai. A hui ho! Welcome and come again!