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Kohala Welcome Center

55-3393 Akoni Pule Hwy, Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI 96719
+1 808-889-5523
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nice intro to the area

drove up from Mauna Lani area on our way to Pololu Valley. VERY friendly volunteer there with lots... read more

Reviewed April 7, 2018
Rebecca B
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Stopped there on the way out of town to use their very clean bathrooms. Wished we’d stopped in the... read more

Reviewed March 12, 2018
NatalieA00
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Keller, Texas
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Located at the gateway to North Kohala in Hawi, the Kohala Welcome Center invites you to venture to the northernmost point of Hawai`i Island, a rural region rich in history, culture and natural beauty. At the Welcome Center, you’ll be greeted by one of our volunteer guides from the community who will answer your questions and provide additional information to make your visit the best possible. Take in our beautiful hallway of storyboards that tell the story of Kohala, both past and present. Enjoy clean, public restrooms on our outdoor lanai overlooking a lush gulch. Place a pin in your hometown on our big world map. Browse our collection of memorabilia from the sugar plantation days. Shop our retail corner, offering refreshing cold drinks, an array of local books, CDs and quality t-shirts and caps as well local and island maps with directions to “must see” destinations in our beautiful historic district, the birthplace of King Kamehameha I. Learn about the wonderful community projects that the Welcome Center supports. Come, relax a bit, talk story and share a special aloha with people who know and love the community.
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55-3393 Akoni Pule Hwy, Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI 96719
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+1 808-889-5523
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Reviewed April 7, 2018

drove up from Mauna Lani area on our way to Pololu Valley. VERY friendly volunteer there with lots of great info. CLEAN bathrooms, to the point of excessive bleach smells. :) cool world map that you can put a pin in where you are traveling...More

Thank Rebecca B
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Reviewed March 12, 2018 via mobile

Stopped there on the way out of town to use their very clean bathrooms. Wished we’d stopped in the way in. The nice lady in charge was happy to talk about town attractions and share ideas of where to go. We had a nice picnic...More

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Reviewed September 20, 2017

IWe did not manage to visit in under 15 minutes, the staff was very nice to talk to. As a former school teacher, he was able to give us some nice insights on the plantation history of the region. As we were staying at plantation...More

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Reviewed September 11, 2017 via mobile

Initially stopped in the visitor center to use the restroom (which was exceptionally clean) but actually stayed quite some time. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Additionally, there was a food stand outside (not sure if this was on the Visitor...More

3  Thank Fredandethe
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KWC_Kohala, Staff at Kohala Welcome Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2017

Aloha Fredandethe, We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Welcome Center. You were fortunate to be here when GJ's Huli Chicken was out front! They are not affiliated with us but we are happy to host folks at our picnic table in...More

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Reviewed July 18, 2017 via mobile

Hawi, at the north tip of Kohala is lovely. The town is quaint and artsy, the people are friendly. Essentials Art Gallery is fantastic. The sandwich and coffee I had at the Kohala Coffee Company was EXCELLENT.

Thank Christy G
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KWC_Kohala, Staff at Kohala Welcome Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2017

Aloha Christy, We are so glad you came to the "end of the road" to visit beautiful Kohala. We hope you'll be able to come back someday or send your friends for a visit! Mahalo.

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Reviewed June 7, 2017

The woman that greeted us was very personable and had a lot of information to share about the area. Important note: Very clean restrooms!

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Reviewed May 30, 2017

I stopped in and visited for a second. Learned of the old missionary farm, and did stop there, too. The volunteer even recognized me on the return flight home and said hello!

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Reviewed April 19, 2017 via mobile

Knowledgeable about the whole island! Things to see and do, travel tips, fastest vs. Scenic routes. Great folks! Clean restrooms too!

Thank Pete F
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Reviewed April 6, 2017

We were mesmerized with the history lesson from Cyndi. She knows all the history of Hawi and the the Hawaiian culture. She also drives a gorgeous '55 Chevy!More

Thank Elaine C
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KWC_Kohala, Staff at Kohala Welcome Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2017

Thank you Elaine for visiting the Welcome Center and posting your review. We are glad you enjoyed talking story with Cyndi. We depend on volunteer guides like Cyndi to meet and greet our many visitors. We hope you'll come by the Welcome Center again the...More

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Reviewed March 29, 2017

The Welcome Center provides folks with reliable information - and clean bathrooms! It is located right on the main road with convenient parking. The Welcome Center is staffed by volunteers who know what Aloha means. This is an information center rather than an "attraction".

Thank Ele L
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KWC_Kohala, Staff at Kohala Welcome Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2017

Thank you so much, Ele!

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