- Laupāhoehoe is a beautiful park area that can be reached by following a side road. Camping is available at Laupāhoehoe point.
From Hilo, take Hawaii Belt Road (HI-19) north.
- Waipio Valley 9 miles north of Honoka'a, at the end of the road. From the lookout center at the top of the cliff you can hike, drive (4WD ONLY) or take a shuttle down the steep 1.5 mile road to a pristine beach and taro plantation in a valley considered sacred to the ancient Hawaiians (avoid littering and show respect for the land and the sacredness of the place). This valley was inhabited for a millennium, until a tsunami washed away all dwellings, though there is still a living population of 50-100 people. Van and horseback trips are available from the scenic crest down to the gorgeous valley floor. The road descending into Waipi'o valley is 4WD only but can be hiked down or hitchhiked. The entire bay is made up of a black sand beach with a river cutting the valley down the middle. The valley is still an active location for Taro farming. On the opposite side of entry, you will find the trailhead for the Muliwai Trail, leading to Waimanu valley, though a permit is required for this trail. It's a strenuous 9 miles one-way starting when already in Waipi'o Valley. It's recommended for overnights only. Water is available from streams but as always be sure to treat with pills or a filter before consuming.
- Tex Drive-In, 45-690 Pakalana St, Honoka'a (Turn makai off Hwy 19 (left if coming from Kona, right from Hilo)), ☎ +1 808 775-0598. 8AM-8PM daily. The breakfasts, burgers and plate lunches are mediocre, but the malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts) are divine. Order a half dozen or dozen with various fillings, both traditional and tropical. About 45 minutes from Hilo and 60 minutes from Kona. Inexpensive.
- Hamakua House. The Hamakua House offers campsites and guestrooms near the quaint town of Honomu.