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): Kona
Direction: Counterclockwise

Combine this tour with our North Island Adventure Loop for even more adventure!

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Half-Day Tour (4-6 Hours) 31 Narration Points


  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling


  • Hawi Town Restaurants & Cafes

  • Parks & Activities

  • Waimea Town Fresh Food



Tour FAQ’s

How long will the Kohala coast tour take?

The Kohala Coast Backcountry Tour only takes about 2-3 hours depending on how long you spend at each stop. Remember this tour only drives around the northern tip of the island and starts and finishes in Waikaloa. 

If you find that you would like to explore more of the north side of the Big Island, like Hamakua and Waipio,  download our north loop tour.

What should I bring on the Kohala Coast tour?

Bring enough clothing to handle all possible variations in weather. Expect sunshine and rain. 

What you might need:

  • Swimwear

  • Sunglasses

  • Rain Jacket

  • Hiking Shoes

  • Snacks

  • Water

How much money should I bring on the Kohala Coast?

Bring cash $$

How much you spend really depends on the size of your party, and the activities you would like to do. Our goal is to make your vacation as affordable as possible, so we will tell you about the activities along the way, and you can decide whether or not they interest you. That being said, here are a few things you may/will spend on:

  • Gas 

  • Food 

  • Water

  • Puukohola admission: free, $2/person for group tour of 10+

  • Souvenirs

  • Sunscreen

Where does the Kohala Coast tour start from?

The main starting point is near Waikoloa or in Kona town on Ali’i drive. You can also start the tour anywhere along the tour route. The only tour goes in one direction - counterclockwise: starting from Kona and going down along the coast to the Pu’uhonua Cultural Sights. Then it loops back around driving through coffee country where it ends where it started, in Kona town.

Where do we get food along the Kohala Coast tour?

The main stop (only stop) for food is in Hawi town. So make sure to buy water there at a minimum. There is no water at the Pololu Hike.  Check out our tour highlights for detailed food options in the area. This tour does not take you to Waimea town, but you are welcome to go. Just make sure to download the North Loop for more info about Waimea town.

Where are the gas stations on the Kohala Coast?

Be sure to fill up before you start the tour. You can find gas stations in Waikoloa and Hawi. Download the Gas Buddy App to find the best places to get gas near you.

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Where are the restrooms on the Kohala Coast?

Restroom are few and far between so make sure you plan ahead.  The best area to find restrooms is in Hawi town. You can also find restrooms at Puukohola Heiau and Lapakahi state park.

What are the hikes on the Kohala Coast tour?

There is only one hike on this tour:  Pololu Valley Hike. For more details on the hike, visit our tour highlights.  

What are the beaches on the Kohala Coast tour?

The main beach stop is at Lapakahi State Park. For more details on the beach, visit our tour highlights.

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