If you’re considering moving to the Big Island, you want to make sure that your slice of island paradise will provide all the creature comforts you and yours are looking for. Every area on the island offers not only a unique climate but also a unique community that buyers should explore before making a purchase. Here are a few things to know about some the best neighborhoods on the Big Island:


Downtown Kailua-Kona is the epicenter of the west side of the island. With easy access to shopping centers, grocery stores, and cinemas, the downtown area has a variety of amenities within an easy distance—an important consideration for many families. Residents of the Kona area love having the ability to walk to many of their favorite bars and restaurants. If you’re looking in this area, just keep in mind that you’ll likely have a few neighbors.

Kahaluu Keauhou

If you’re looking to enjoy a bit more privacy and have a slightly bigger budget, Keauhou is a lovely community that offers spectacular views of Keauhou Bay. This area also has access to a shopping center, grocery store, pharmacy, and many other amenities, although you may have to walk a bit further or drive to get there. The area sits between a golf course and the beach making it a very peaceful, safe community.  


Holualoa is one of the best-kept secrets on the Big Island. This artists and farmers community offers a rare small-town charm that visitors love. While you’ll be hard-pressed to find the extensive amenities available in some of the more metropolitan areas of the island, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to live slow and enjoy one of the best climate zones on the island. Holualoa sits at 1500 feet up on the island and is on average about 10 degrees cooler than communities on the coast. Because of this, coffee is grown nearby and the town has many wonderful cafes serving up fresh roasted brews.

North Kohala

As you drive north past the famous golf courses and lava flows, you’ll watch as the landscape turns from open, developed resort vistas into wild, lush forests. In North Kohala, residents enjoy living in the thick of the colorful, tropical vegetation. The town of Hawi offers a few amenities in addition to art galleries, boutiques, and a few cafes and restaurants. Here is where many residents find their own slice of island paradise.


If you don’t mind a little fog and a LOT of rain, Hilo offers another “metropolitan” community on the island. Those looking for career opportunities will find that Hilo is one of the best places to work and play. You’ll have many of the creature comforts any city would provide, but again you’ll have to spend a bit more for privacy as this is a highly developed residential area.

This is just a small representation of the vast number of neighborhoods on the Big Island. We’d love to show you additional communities and answer all your questions about where the best place might be for you and yours. Contact us via email here or at 808-217-8500. We’re happy to share our expertise!

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