The 6 Small Towns in Hawaii Worth Visiting


There are many towns in the six islands of Hawaii. Each town has its own character and history. Some are hidden in valleys; some are off the coast; some are already very popular; and some are still unknown. The following six towns are the most distinctive town in Hawaii. You can add them to your schedule.

1. Haleiwa, Oahu

The first stop on the north coast of Oahu island will be the charming Haleiwa. It is about an hour’s drive from Waikiki. Haleiwa is more than just a laid-back surf town. Here, there are also stylish surf shops and boutique clothing stores, austere restaurants, and intoxicating galleries, everywhere reflecting a strong Hawaiian style and filling with a fresh rural atmosphere.

Haleiwa not only has a rich island history, but also is a social and artistic center on the north coast. Here, you’ll find that the surfers fill up on a meal at a plant-era architectural restaurant before heading to the famous Waimea Bay, Ehukai Beach, and Sunset Beach for surfing.

You’ll also find that locals and tourists go shopping and having dinning after a nice day in the Hawaiian sun. Haleiwa is a far cry from the noisy Waikiki, and that difference is why people on the north coast love it.

2. Paia, Maui

Paia town, with a long history, is located on the north coast of Maui Island. It is divided into Lower Paia and Paia. At the peak period of Maui‘s sugar industry, the hospitable Paia was a thriving plantation town. Today, Paia remains picturesque. The colorful country storefronts are dotted with local galleries, one-of-a-kind boutiques, and specialty restaurants.

3. Hanalei, Princeville

The quiet Hanalei town is located in the west of Princeville, and on the north coast of Kauai Island. This lovely town, with timeless beauty, have ancient historical monuments and contemporary art galleries, and is one of the unforgettable attractions of a travel to Kauai Island. Visit Waioli Mission House to relieve the history of Kauai Island.

Walking through the Hanalei Gallery, you can appreciate the artworks made by Kauai island. All these are the carvings made precious native Hawaiian wood. The ukulete concert held at the Hanalei community center is a regular event on Kauai island, attracting many locals and tourists for appreciation.

4. Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina town, a whaling port, is located in the west of Maui Island, across the sea from lanai island This is an old town, which was once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

In the 19 century, this town was once an important base for the Pacific whaling industry. Sun yat-sen, Mark Twain and Stevenson were all the famous early visitors.

The landmark of the town is the big banyan tree in front of Lahaina Harbor. The branches of the banyan trees stretch along the front street, covering the whole block; moreover, the huge canopy is a good place for the locals to relax. It is also a local flea market where vendors sell homemade arts, including paintings, jewelries, ceramics and handicrafts.

Here, there is a sign in front of each monument, which can help you understand the history of the year well. Walking down the front street, both sides of the street stand the buildings with distinctive wooden structures, simple but charming; moreover, the old horse stakes and wooden fences are left over the street. If you walk tiredly, you can enter a shop along the street at will for blowing the sea breeze, looking at the sea view, and eating seafood. You may feel very relaxed and comfortable here.

From January to April each year, the town is in season for whale watching. At the time being, you can see humpback whales frequently on the shore of the docks.

5. Hawi, Hawaii

This historic town, at the northernmost end of Big Island, stands the island’s sugar industry center which was bustling but now defunct. Today, there are a variety of charming and interesting galleries, boutiques, and restaurants in the colorful and lively plantation buildings. You can cost a few hours feeling the peace and quiet here.

You can find handmade jewelries and crafts, homemade fudges, and 100% authentic Kona coffee. In addition, the bicycle race of the Ironman World Championship is held here every October. It was selected as the best restaurant on the Hawaii Island and is an ideal place to sample fresh island cuisine.

6. Hilo, Hawaii

This is the largest town on the Hawaii Island. The street shops are hundreds of years old, and many of them are listed into “National Historic Sites”. Behind the wooden facades are numerous galleries, shops, restaurants and cultural relics.

Walking down the Kamehameha Ave facing the beautiful Hilo Bay, you can go around many specialty shops, restaurants, and attractions, or go around Palace Theater built in 1925 and bustling Hilo Farmer Market. You can also enjoy paintings, woodworks, glassware, and jewelries with strong local characteristics in various galleries.

There are many famous museums in Hilo ancient town, some of which have collected articles of ancient Hawaiians. While the other museums look to the future. The Pacific Tsunami Museum has recorded the devastating natural disasters happening in 1946 and 1960. These two natural disasters forced Hilo people to rebuild the inland, far from the coast.

Lyman Mission House and Museum were built by American Christian missionaries in 1839. Mokupapapa Discovery Center recreates the culture, history, natural science, and nearly intact environment of northwestern Hawaii You can spend a day in Hilo downtown, experiencing the local culture and Aloha spirit of the Hawaiian islanders.

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