Kapa'au is the last town at the north end of the Big Island. It's the gateway to the Pololu Valley and the hub of the North Kohala District. In Kapa'au you'll find art galleries, restaurants and other services. Be sure to stop and photograph the colorful statue of King Kamehameha The First at the Kohala Civic Center (Hwy 270 and Kapaau Rd). The history of this statue from 1879 will astound you. Hikers will want to venture down to Pololu Beach
as it's the highlight of this region. About a mile before the road ends at the Pololu Lookout there's a food truck called Fresh of the Grid which has smoothies and other cold treats. Keokea Beach Park
near Kapa'au is a quiet spot with easy shoreline access that's often missed. The other beaches at Kauhola Point
and Kapana Bay
are harder to reach as the access roads get wet and rutted, but if you are up for an adventure, you can drive (4x4 recommended) or walk out to them. No matter which beaches you visit in this area, be sure to stop into Kapa'au and meet the nice folks there.