Holualoa, named after the historic Hawaiian tradition of riding wooden sleds (holua) down the mountainous slopes (loa) of the dormant Hualālai Volcano, is tucked amid the upland farms between Kailua Kona and Keauhou. It provides a gorgeous setting for many of the Big Island’s most notable Kona coffee farms, due to the rich volcanic soil and ideal climate for the temperamental coffee bean growing process. While being just a stone’s throw away from some of the larger areas of the island, it provides a quiet sanctuary for a unique community of artists. Holualoa may not be as big as some other areas, but it makes up in small-town charm and delightful culture what it lacks in size.
If you’re a fan of art, Holualoa is known for its many art galleries sprinkled plentifully throughout the community. Be sure to stop by one of our Kaloko Shutter & Blind team’s favorites, Glyph Art Gallery. This art gallery is a fantastic example of why Holualoa is known for its artistic community. You’ll find art pieces in all different mediums from local artists being showcased, so you’re sure to find a piece to complement your new Hunter Douglas window treatments.
Don’t forget to make an important stop during a day in Holualoa at Holualoa Coffee Shack. You can grab a cup of local java, indulge in a pastry or other delectable cafe menu item, or enjoy a latte in their picturesque 1900s coffee shack. You won’t regret partaking in one of Holualoa’s most important local traditions: staying caffeinated!