WHAT WE LOVE: Quiet, private, sweeping ocean views, verdant valleys, waterfalls, tropical.
Hamakua is both a district on the northeastern coast of Hawai‘i Island and the name for the coastline that runs for about 50 miles between the stunningly beautiful Waipio Valley and Waimanu Valley, or more broadly, from Honokaa to Hilo. Home to lush farmlands and verdant, tropical valleys, residents enjoy fresh, locally grown produce at local farmers' markets, sweeping ocean views from their doorstep, and the many joys of pastoral life. State Parks, waterfulls, scenic drives, farm stands bursting with local bananas, papayas and mangoes are the order of the day. Quiet and peaceful, the Hamakua Coast is a popular locale for those looking for privacy, away from the bustling activity of cities and resorts.