Hawaii Island (The Big Island)
Kohala Coast is a contrast from rugged black and red lava fields to secluded white sand beaches along the coast. This area of the island was formed by lava flows from Hualalai volcano and is arid with year round temperatures ranging from 80 to 95 degrees. If you only have a short time on the island, this area would be my recommendation. Here you'll find world-class resorts with fine dining, destination spas and some of Hawaii’s best golf courses. South Kohala receives less than nine inches of rainfall annually, so if you are looking to soak up the sun, check out Hapuna Beach State Park, one of Hawaii Island’s largest white sand beaches.
As you drive north around the tip of the island, the hot sunshine acquiesces to cooler temperatures and the arid coast changes suddenly to green hillsides and quaint villages. In contrast to the palatial resorts, you'll find the sugar-plantation-towns of Hawi and Kapaau now artsy villages with galleries and charming reminders of old Hawaii. The locals are friendly and live a much slower pace. The shopping is great for everything from designer beachwear to authentic Hawaiian crafts.