Big Island



Located on the northernmost tip of Big Island, the Kohala Coast features lush, green coastline and tree-line hills. With Shaka Guide, you’ll go on a short loop drive through this unique corner of the island stopping at historic sites, beaches and hikes along the way.

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

•⁠ Hike the Pololu Trail
•⁠ Visit a massive ancient Hawaiian temple
•⁠ Explore the artsy town of Hawi
•⁠ Visit the Cowboy town of Waimea
•⁠ Stop at a statue of King Kamehameha

Recommended Start Time: 10:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Waikoloa
Direction: Clockwise

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  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Storytelling

Tour Stops

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    Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site

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    Lapakahi State Park

  • Hawi Town

    Hawi Town

  • King Kamehameha Statue North Kohala

    Statue of Kamehameha I

  • Kamehameha Rock

    Kamehameha Rock

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    Pololu Valley Hike

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    Kohala Mountain Scenic Lookout Point

  • Waimea Town

    Waimea Town

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    Anna Ranch

  • Ulu Laʻau Waimea Nature Park

    Waimea Nature Park

  • Parker Ranch

    Parker Ranch



Tour FAQ’s

Where does the tour go?

This tour travels counterclockwise along the western coast of Big Island beginning in Kona. You’ll travel inland exploring picturesque valleys and historic sites before returning to Kona. Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour! 

  • Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site
  • Lapakahi State Park
  • Hawi Town
  • Kamehameha I Statue
  • Pololu Valley Hike
  • Kohala Mt. Road Scenic Lookout
  • Waimea Town

For help planning your day check out our Kohala Coast Backcountry Tour suggested itinerary and here's everything you need to know before you go.

What should I pack and budget?

  • Sneakers & hiking clothes
  • Jacket, temperatures vary drastically across the island 
  • Water
  • Bug spray
  • Towel
  • Bathing Suit & sandals 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat
  • Snacks
  • Car Charger
  • Camera
  • Cash (see budget below)

There are no entrance fees to any attractions on this tour, however you might want to bring some cash for food and souvenirs along the way. How much you spend really depends on the activities you choose to do along the tour route, but here’s a breakdown of some costs. 

  • $14.99: Shaka Guide’s Kohala Coast and Backcountry Tour
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch

Can I join the Reverse Road to Hana tour along the route?

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience.

Can I take the tour in the opposite direction?

No, this tour can only be done in one direction.

Other Questions? Contact Us!

Still have questions? Send us an email at or give us a call on 1-888-250-2261.

Customer Reviews

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A Must.

AmmuD. | May 2022
Absolutely loved this app. It was recommended by friends who had used it on their trip. We’re all very poor planners and this just kind of does the job for you! It was a little tricky to figure out at first but I think that’s on me and not the usability of the app at all.

Best friend visits Island Girl

Zeldalover1 | May 2022
I spent a week on Big Island at best friends house with my fiancé. We bought the APP and we all loved it. We wound up seeing a lot of the island. Island Girl has been here 20 years and found new spots to see and heard new stories. We will do this again for the other islands on our next trip. Well done. Only feedback. We had all 5 Big Island Tours and some of the island lore stories where repeated. Would love to hear more stories.

The ins and outs

hrob22 | May 2022
This app was absolutely helpful to get to know and see the culture of the big island while hitting any and every gem. This might sound backwards but you get to experience the ins of being a tourist (why you may be visiting, that’s known for the island) and the outs - stepping out of tourism and getting to do local stuff. Definitely recommend! We loved how we got to do our own thing at our pace. Would recommend just buying the package to have it all.
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