Even after you’ve made your decision to move to the Big Island, you’ll still have to choose which district will make the perfect place to call home.
The Big Island is divided into nine districts, with Kohala being the most northwest portion of the island. Kohala is divided into North Kohala and South Kohala, which boasts a dry western shoreline commonly known as the Kohala Coast.
The area was named after the Kohala Mountain, the oldest of the five Hawaiian volcanic mountains. You’ll find every kind of climate and all kinds of weather within these two districts, from less than 5 inches of rain on the coast near Kawaihae to more than 150 inches of rain near the summit of Kohala Mountain.
The Kohala Coast is forty miles of pure beauty. You’ll find an array of beautiful beaches, world class golf courses, gorgeous resorts, historical sites, and of course a home buyers paradise. Whether you want a condo in the heart of the action, or a home that sits off in the distance with tranquil beauty all around, Kohala is the place to find your hearts desire.
North Kohala is the one place on the Big Island that is still largely not developed. You’ll find roads with minimal traffic, and plenty of space to explore the old world beauty of Hawaii. While you can find spacious condos perfect as an investment property or for second home living, you’ll also find space that allows you to spread out and take advantage of all the Big Island has to offer. Secluded properties with breathtaking views are a commonplace, not a rarity. And when you’re ready to wander into town, you’ll find everything you need a short distance away. Waimea is a cultural hub of the community, and contains a variety of shops, a theater, and restaurants to please every taste. And you’ll love Hawi; it’s a charming town best known as the bicycle turnaround for the annual Ironman World Championship, but you’ll love it for its unique boutiques, gallaries and restaurants.
South Kohala is where you’ll find some of the Big Islands finest resorts. Which also means you’ll find some of the most beautiful spots on the island as well. As you drive down the Queen Kaahumanu Highway, you’ll notice a variety of landscape options to suit every taste. Jet black and rust red lava rock fields are in abundance, a result of eruptions from Hualalai volcano centuries ago. One of Hawaii’s largest white sand beaches – Hapuna Beach – lies off in the distance. Green oases are around every turn as you find the best golf courses and world class accommodations in abundance.
If you want to take advantage of living the good life and being pampered in the process, you’ll find a wealth of opportunity for condo or townhome living in one of these magical spots. But no need to worry if a single family property is still on your must-have list; you’ll find more than enough on the market to meet your demands. A short drive from the Kona International Airport you’ll find the beachside community of Puako. Residents here are free from the restrictions of resort communities, yet because its right in the heart of some of the most fabulous resorts around, you still have options for enjoying their amenities and services. If you truly want to experience resort style living, try Mauna Lani or Mauna Kea, both of which will take your breath away with stunning beauty and give you the safety and security you’ll love.
Are you relocating to the Big Island? Will North Kohala or South Kohala be the perfect place for your home? If so, I would welcome the opportunity to show you around, and provide you with all you need to make the right home buying decisions for your lifestyle.