The post-apocalyptic view seaward from the highway north of Kona—square miles of jagged slag heaps of black lava broiling in the sun—gives no clue of the oases that lie in pockets along the coast. Lush greenry rims anchialine ponds, where brackish fresh water rises from a vast aquifer.
Fabulous destination resorts, like the Four Seasons, Mauna Lani, and Mauna Kea, mix cultural history with gardenscapes.
A canoe hale and sundial just south of the Four Seasons speak of the Hawaiian's seagoing heritage.
Coral sand beaches buffet near-shore lava reefs—a perfect combo for beachcombers who want to take a dip.
Sea turtles have this place dialed.
The understated Beach Tree Pool at the Four Season is a somnolent fusion of land, sea, and air.
Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer has all the details on South Kohala—the hikes, snorkeling pools, and resort strolls, plus parking and access tips.