Hamakua Coast Vacation Rentals

The Hamakua Coast spans approximately 50 miles on the north east side of the Big Island of Hawaii, stretching from the county seat in Hilo to the ranchlands of Waimea. This dramatic coastline is known for its fertile land, tumbling waterfalls and dramatic sea cliffs, which combine to make it one of the Big Island’s most beautiful regions.   “King Sugar” dominated the region for most of the 20 th century, but eventually the industry was enticed by the cheap labor in other locations. The last sugar plantation on the Hamakua Coast ceased operation in 1993. Now the area has moved on to other agricultural offerings, including tropical fruit, taro, gourmet mushrooms and the ever popular macadamia nut. It is home to world class botanical gardens, including Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and World Botanical Garden. The island’s tallest waterfalls, including Akaka Falls and Hi`ilawe Falls, cascade down its steep, green landscape.