Hawi

A little village at the end of the beautiful Kohala Mountain Road.

Overview for Hawi, HI

1,252 people live in Hawi, where the median age is 42.1 and the average individual income is $33,730. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

1,252

Total Population

42.1 years

Median Age

Low

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$33,730

Average individual Income

Welcome to Hawi

A quaint town located at the end of the scenic Kohala Mountain Road.
 
Hawi is a little village at the end of the beautiful Kohala Mountain Road and is most famous as the location of the bicycle turnaround for the IRONMAN World Championship. This North Kohala hamlet has become a hotspot for tourists who want to escape the masses and immerse themselves in a unique blend of Hawaiian tradition and modern artisanal expression. Having both the charm of a little town and the laid-back atmosphere of a big city, Hawi offers the best of both worlds.
 
Located in the lush northern part of the Big Island, this historical town was formerly the center of the once-thriving sugar industry in North Kohala. Hawi's colorful and vivid plantation buildings are now home to several quaint art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. Everything from handmade crafts and jewelry to homemade fudge and quality Kona coffee may be found here.
 

What to Love

  • Quiet and peaceful, Old Hawaii vibe
  • Beautiful coastal sunsets and scenery
  • Rich history

Local Lifestyle

Hawi, a former sugar plantation town, is regaining popularity as a tourist destination. Its downtown area comprises brightly painted, remodeled plantation buildings that currently house boutiques, restaurants, and sweet shops. Live music can be heard at several local eateries. There are several art studios, a grocery store, a holistic health clinic, and a farmers market that takes place twice weekly. Most properties are on spacious, landscaped lots, ranging from simple frame houses to extravagant mansions with panoramic ocean views.
 
There are a lot of fun things to do here. Kohala Mountain offers ziplining and horseback riding, and the hiking trail down into Pololu Valley is one not to be missed. 
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Aloha Man offers apparel, accessories, and jewelry for women, men, and kids. The majority of the products sold at this shop are from local vendors. Thus, by shopping at this store, you support small businesses across the Big Island. The Hawi Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8 pm to 3 am. With the lush farms and ranches in this town, this market offers an abundance of fresh, locally-grown produce. 
 
Bamboo Restaurant & Gallery is the largest and oldest dining establishment in Hawi. This establishment serves Pacific Rim cuisine and is a popular destination for tourists looking to pick up some island memorabilia since it has a souvenir shop. Locally grown ingredients are used wherever possible to give diners at this eatery a taste of the real Hawaii. Are you in the mood for some coffee? Then stop by Kohala Coffee Mill, a local hangout. In addition to its excellent espresso bar, the café also serves smoothies, snacks, breakfast foods, and lunches made from locally-sourced ingredients. For vegetarian cuisine, head to Roots Alchemy. This restaurant is well-known for the care it takes in creating vegetarian and vegan-friendly artisanal goods. Other notable eateries include Mi Ranchito, Kohala Village HUB, Kohala Rainbow Café, and Kava Kafe
 

Things to Do

Pololu Valley can be experienced on different "levels." You can take a short trip down to the valley bottom to visit the beach or drive to the overlook for the easiest access. The Pololu Valley Overlook provides a breathtaking panorama of the surrounding area, including Pololu Valley and the towering coastal cliffs that gradually drop into the water below. The hike down the cliff into the valley is short but steep, so be careful and ensure you bring enough water. 
 
Kohala Zipline is the perfect activity for everybody, whether you're a seasoned pro, a first-timer, or just looking for a thrill. Fly through the air on the tree platforms and across the rope bridge. You can choose between a three-hour session of pure excitement or a whole day of zip-lining. 
 
North of the Kohala Coast resorts, the impressive Pu'ukohola Heiau stands out among the landscape as a massive stone structure. Hawai'i's largest restored heiau (temple) may be seen in Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, which is part of the National Parks System. Native Hawaiians held heiau, or temples, in high regard, and Puukohola Heiau was constructed to actualize a historical prophecy.
If you're looking for a scenic route through rural areas and cattle ranches, look no farther than Highway 250 (Kohala Mountain Road). Compared to other highways in the vicinity, this one is less crowded and offers gorgeous scenery. 
 

Schools 

Hawi falls under the Hawaii Department of Education School District. Schools in this town include:
 
  • Kohala Adventist School, Grades 1-8


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Demographics and Employment Data for Hawi, HI

Hawi has 434 households, with an average household size of 2.88. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Hawi do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 1,252 people call Hawi home. The population density is 154.55 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

1,252

Total Population

Low

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

42.1

Median Age

41.77 / 58.23%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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10-17 Years

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18-24 Years

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25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
434

Total Households

2.88

Average Household Size

$33,730

Average individual Income

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Around Hawi, HI

There's plenty to do around Hawi, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

41
Car-Dependent
Walking Score
25
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Roots Alchemy, Our Founding Farmers, and Chaba’s Joy Cafe.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 0.13 miles 17 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.09 miles 54 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining 2.2 miles 16 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining 0.09 miles 5 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining · $$ 0.07 miles 66 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Active 0.16 miles 611 reviews 4.9/5 stars
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