Our Kohala Ranch vacation rentals provide the perfect place to enjoy the relaxation and luxury of the Kohala Coast. The exclusive 4,000-acre gated community of Kohala Ranch is located well above sea level offering amazing ocean views, beautiful sunsets and everything you need for an unforgettable Big Island vacation.
Things To Do
The Kohala Ranch area has some great nature walks and hiking opportunities as well as horseback riding, bicycling, ATV tours and golf courses. Drive down the hill to visit a black sand beach or a bit farther to spectacular white sand beaches for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking. Luxurious spa treatments, meticulously groomed golf courses and great beaches can be found in the Kohala Coast resort areas. From Kohala Ranch you can enjoy breathtaking views of Big Island volcanic mountains and the expansive Kohala coastline as well as the island of Maui across the blue Pacific. Explore the nearby towns of Waimea, Hawi and Kapaau, and drive along the Hamakua Coast to see the impressive Akaka Falls. Day trips to Hilo town and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park provide for memorable adventures.
Mauna Kea Beach on Kaunaoa Bay is one of the island's prettiest beaches and a great place to enjoy a beach day and picnic. Anaehoomalu Bay is nice for snorkeling adventures with waters are protected by an offshore reef. Hapuna Beach is the area's largest white sand beach, and has restrooms and picnic facilities. A protective outer reef also makes Samuel Spencer Beach Park nice for snorkeling and swimming. More great beaches can be found to the south along the Kona Coast.
There are numerous exceptional dining options on the Kohala Coast. Head over to Waimea town for more great restaurants. For fine Hawaii Regional Cuisine try Merriman's Waimea which was founded by renowned Hawaii chef Peter Merriman and utilizes the freshest of local ingredients. The Bamboo Restaurant in Hawi serves up an island-style Pacific Rim cuisine. For amazing pizza visit King's View Cafe in Kapaau right across from the famed King Kamehameha statue. Their house specialty is a Pastrami ot sub on fresh baked bread, and for dessert try their Hawaiian-made ice cream and homemade pies.
The Kohala Coast resort areas offer an array of amenities with lots of choices for boutique shopping. Many shops can also be found in Waimea town and in the North Kohala towns of Hawi and Kapaau. For more shopping drive south to explore the posh resort areas along the Kona Coast and browse the shops and art galleries of historic Kailua village.
A rental car is recommended when staying in Kohala Ranch vacation rentals so you have easy access to great beaches and also dining and shopping in nearby towns as well as day trips to Kona, Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Weather and Ocean Conditions
The Big Island is known for its sunny weather which remains relatively stable all year around. The Kohala and Kona coastlines on the western shore, including the Kohala Ranch region, are the warmest and driest areas while Hilo on the northeast shore receives abundant rainfall making this area lush and green. The temperature is cooler at higher elevations like Kona Coffee Country and atop Kilauea Volcano though these areas still can be quite warm during the days. The North Kohala region, including Kohala Ranch and Waimea town, is known for its cool afternoon fogs rolling across the grassy hillsides. The Kona and Kohala Coast regions see average daily temperatures around 80 degrees F, perhaps a bit hotter in the summer and a bit cooler in the winter, with nighttime temperatures dropping about 15 degrees. Ocean conditions vary widely at Big Island beaches with many areas exposed to strong currents and potentially dangerous surf, particularly during the winter months. Numerous beaches provide good protection from the open ocean and provide safe areas for swimming and snorkeling. Visitors are urged to only visit lifeguarded beaches for water activities and heed all posted warnings. Check with lifeguards about the safest areas to participate in the activities you choose.
Kohala Ranch vacation homes provide the optimal way to enjoy your Hawaii vacation with all the luxuries of resort living and all the comforts of home including nearby shopping, dining and entertainment. Browse through our Kohala Ranch vacation rental listings to get an understanding of the different amenities and property features we offer. Our goal is to provide you with a with an unforgettable Kohala Ranch accommodation for your dream Big Island vacation. We take pride not just in having the largest selection of high-quality vacation rentals in Kohala Ranch, but also in the fact that we stand behind our product and make sure only the best of the best properties are listed on our site. If you have questions about our Kohala Ranch rentals or which destination is best for your vacation needs, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.
The North Kohala region is rich in Hawaiian history. Head into Kapaau town to see the statue of King Kamehameha I which stands in front of the North Kohala Civic Center. Nearby you can tour a old fishing village at Lapakahi State Historical Park. Another important cultural site in this area is Kohala Historical Sites State Monument including the birthplace of King Kamehameha I. Head down to Kawaihae to see the Puukohola Heiau built by King Kamehameha I.