Hawaii may be called the Big Island, but one of its coolest spots just happens to be a tiny village. Hawi holiday packages will immerse you in the authentic side of the island, where you can experience the simple pleasures of Hawaii at their purest.
Holidays to Hawi include scenic drives that will leave your jaw hanging wide open. You’ll cruise past soaring volcanoes, plantation bungalows and cloud-covered coffee farms. Remember when driving was a pleasure? Hawi car hire is a cinch, so you can relive those days when taking a drive was a ticket to relaxation. Besides, once you’ve got a set of wheels, you can reach some of Hawi's historic sites with ease. Keep an eye out for estate houses dating back to the 1880s. In Hawi, the scenery is king—but don't tell that to King Kamehameha. You can visit his statue just outside of town, then continue east to the Pololu Valley Overlook for a postcard-worthy view of the coastline.
The small, family-owned shops in Hawi are a nice change from the cookie-cutter souvenir stands in more populated areas, with locally made art, jewellery and gifts that are often one of a kind. Look for handcrafted pearl and seashell items, wooden bowls or pottery to take home to friends and family. Hawi is also the perfect place to purchase local food specialties, such as macadamia nuts or coffee, right next to the farms that grow them.
Another plus to shopping in a small village? You can walk to every single shop and still have energy left for more sightseeing. The devotion to the handmade extends to dining in Hawi, so after you've hit every store, you can sample a fresh-brewed cup of coffee made from just-roasted Ka'u beans and see why many islanders like it even better than Kona coffee. (Want to see where the coffee is grown? Take advantage of the available car hire in Pahala and visit the actual plantation.)
Small restaurants serve up local flavour, with lunches and dinners featuring everything from pulled pork to fresh sushi rolls. Don't skip the desserts, which often make creative use of local staples and hero caramelised pineapple or fresh coconut cream. And in case you’re wondering (you probably are), those same local ingredients make for some mighty fine cocktails too. At night, enjoy a few drinks on the patio of one of Hawi's restaurants, where you can munch on crab leg appetisers and sip creative drinks made from fragrant lilikoi (passionfruit). This laid-back town doesn’t have a lot of parties, but if your holiday self wants a more vibrant atmosphere, head about two hours south to Hilo, home of live music and charming bars.
Taking life slowly in a small village is even more relaxing when Hawi holiday packages do all the thinking for you. Wotif sets you up with flights and hotels easy-peasy, so you can spend more time doing the important holiday things, like driving around the coastline, shopping for artisan crafts and drinking mai tais. Ready to stop and smell the hibiscus? Book a trip to Hawi with Wotif.