Honoka’a is a small town located in the Hamakua District, on the north side of the Big Island of Hawai’i. The rural country town has a population of about 2,300. Honoka’a is 42 miles northwest of Hilo, 14 miles east of Waimea/Kamuela, & 8 miles from the Waipi’o Valley lookout.
Honoka’a’s economy was based primarily on the sugar production of the Hāmākua Sugar Company from 1873 to 1994. Ranching, along with diversified agriculture, is now the primary industry in and around Honoka’a.
Honokaʻa boasts a charming historic downtown district. A handful of “mom & pop” stores, local boutiques, antique store, gift shops, & restaurants. Historical Hotel Honoka’a was built in 1928, Honoka’a People’s Theatre was built in 1930. On the outskirts of town, mauka side, you’ll find Tex Drive In, known for its “world-famous” malasadas.
Honoka’a High & Intermediate School was established in 1889. Pride of the Green & Gold Honoka’a Dragons.