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Hawi and Kapaau
Home to the birthplace of King Kamehameha, these neighboring towns thrived during the plantation days. There were hotels, saloons, and theaters—even a railroad. They took a hit when "Big Sugar" left the island, but both towns are blossoming once again today, thanks to strong local communities and an influx of artists keen on honoring the towns' past. Old historic buildings have been restored and now boast a wide variety of shops, galleries, and eateries.
Ackerman Gift Gallery. In Kapaau, browse through the extensive Hawaiian collection of the Ackerman Gift Gallery. 54-3897 Akoni Pule Hwy., Hwy. 270, North Kohala, 96755. PHONE: 808/889-5971. www.ackermangalleries.com.