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Hawi and Kapaau
Near the birthplace of King Kamehameha, these North Kohala towns thrived during the plantation days, once bustling with 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, tourism, and an influx of artists keen on honoring the towns' past. Lovingly restored vintage buildings house fun and funky shops, galleries, and eateries.
Ackerman Gift Gallery. In Kapaau, browse through this gallery's collections of local art, including glass, bowls, fine art photography, and paintings. 54-3897 Akoni Pule Hwy., Hwy. 270, North Kohala, 96755. PHONE: 808/889-5971. www.ackermangalleries.com.