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While cities like Honolulu have everything a tourist could want, there’s something to be said about the small towns in Hawaii. To see the authentic Hawaii, you have to dive a little deeper. From beach towns to memorable villages, exploring the small towns of Hawaii is the only way to really immerse yourself in the Rainbow State.
Hike, surf, sightsee, and explore the best little towns that Hawaii has to offer. And avoid tourist traps! The next time you’re planning a Hawaiian getaway, be sure to check out some of our favorite small towns in Hawaii.
The world famous Road to Hana should be on everyone’s bucket list in Maui. From waterfalls to panoramic views, it’s one of the greatest trips in Hawaii. The town of Hana is a great place to hike or snorkel, and be sure to check out either the Waianapanapa State Park or the red sands of Koki Beach. Hana may be best known though for Hasegawa’s General Store. Hasegawa’s General Store is a true general store and sells a local food (coffee, macadamia nuts, poi, coconut candy), produce, books and plenty of specialty souvenirs marked “Uniquely Hana.” Hana also offers great food like Da Fish Shack and Thai Food by Pranee.
IMI Tours offers Road to Hana tours in Maui and more!
Located on southwestern edge of Kauai, Waimea is a historic seaport town that is rich in paniolo history (Hawaiian cowboys!). The town is on the way to Waimea Canyon with its Jurassic Park-like vistas and ocean cliffs. The West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center is a great place to learn about Kauai’s past with exhibits featuring the diversity of Kauai’s agricultural community.
Headed to Waimea Canyon, book a IMI Tour.
Just a short drive from Kahului Airport, Paia its defined by its passion for surfing, It’s not just any beach town, it’s one of the best beach towns in the world! Paia has walkable streets by the ocean, all with great beach access. Paia is also a fabulous place to pick up souvenirs, with a wide variety of boutiques and gift shops, all adding to the Paia’s charm.
Haleiwa is usually your first stop if you’re headed to Oahu’s North Shore. It’s a laid back surf town with a large number of art galleries, cool surf shops and stores, and plantation-era buildings. Enjoy fresh caught fish and grilled shrimp or cool off with shaved ice!
IMI Tours offers several North Shore tours including the Circle Island Tour.
Hilo, Big Island
Hilo is a university town brimming with youthful energy. This ‘Old Hawaii-style’ town helps preserves Hawaii’s cultural and historical past. The area also features dramatic waterfalls, lush rainforests, and is 45 minutes south of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Be sure to check out Hawaii’s produce and local crafts, at Hilo Farmers Market in Downtown Hilo.
If you’re headed to small towns in Hawaii, be sure to catch ride with SpeediShuttle or Arthur’s Limousine.