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Your dog will love the breathtaking views of crystal clear waters crashing up along Hawaii Route 19 in Honokaa, Hawaii. Located on the north side of the Big Island, Honokaa is a paradise for those two-legged and four! The history in Honokaa is rich with Hawaiian spirit. The area used to be the home of the Hāmākua Sugar Company, which opened in the late 1800s and operated until the mid-90s. Now, Honokaa plays host to the Hāmākua Music Festival every fall — drawing in jazz, classical, and traditional Hawaiian musicians that will get your toes tappin' and your dog's tail waggin'!
Living in Hawaii is an exercise in felicity and dog owners especially love living in Honokaa. There are 3 vets along the Hamakua Coast, 3 dog parks in Honokaa, and 3 dog-friendly restaurants where your pup is welcome to sit outside, basking in the Hawaiian sun as you enjoy your meal. Although there aren't any pet shops in Honokaa, there are a few within driving distance on the Big Island. Pet owners rest assured that they can get everything they need for their puppers within Honokaa's grocery stores. It's an aloha style of life here. So, grab the suntan lotion and the leash and head to the beach!
Is your dog a fan of ono Kine grindz, which translates to "traditional Hawaiian food?" If your pup loves the menus served on the islands in the Pacific Ocean, he'll love living in the Mamalohao part of town. In Mamalohao, you can find the Tex Drive-In, a traditional Hawaiian restaurant that serves delicious entrees like Loco Moco stews, Masaladas, and Kalua pork & cabbage plates. After eating up the local scene, you can hike the Awini trail that offers beautiful scenery of the Pololu Valley. At the end of the trail is a black sand rock beach that is a perfect place to watch the sunset with your pooch!
Does your dog like to visit the local theater? In Pakalana, you can visit the Honokaa's People's Theater for some live entertainment that may or may not feature actors in hula skirts! You may want to call beforehand to make sure you're dog can attend plays at the theatre. After a play, you can grab a healthy snack at Hina Rae's Cafe. Hina Rae's offers waffles, acai bowls, and smoothies. Your dog is more than welcome to come hang out, and if he's lucky, you can get him a scoop of peanut butter. Try the Kaeden's Fave acai bowl or the Local Boy Waffle, which is filled with Spam!
Does your dog love living on an island but miss some of the foods you can get across the ocean? No worries! If your Fido calls Plumeria home, then head to Cafe Il Mondo for an authentic Italian ristorante right in the heart of Honokaa. The restaurant owner's personal mission is to provide quality Italian foods with the freshest ingredients. This is a tough thing to do with the challenge of importing goods to the Big Island, so you and Fido will definitely be in for a treat! Try the Pizza Waipi'o, fettuccini chicken alfredo, or the beef bolognese! No Spam here, just traditional Italian dishes! (Not that there's anything wrong with Spam; Fido loves it!)
Does your dog love everything the island life has to offer? If you live along the Hawaii Belt Road in the Waipiʻo Valley, you can visit black sand beaches and explore the valley all in the same day. Waipiʻo means "curved water" in the Hawaiian language. After taking a hike through the waterfalls, forests, and black sand beaches, the land itself will quickly explain why. The view from the top of Waipiʻo Valley lookout shows the Pacific Ocean curving into the valley — a perfect spot to surf! Your dog will love sniffing through this paradise, and you can even get him some surf lessons!
Does your pup love to hang ten but also love exploring the lush valleys of Hawaii's forests? If you live in the Akia part of Honokaa, this puts you within a 15-minute drive to Kalōpā State Recreation Area. This 100-acre paradise is an arboretum of native Hawaiian trees like the ōhiʻa lehua trees, Loulu Palms, and Hawaiian Hibiscus. You and Fido can spend the day immersed in the majestic forest, which connects with another 500 acres of land called Kalopa Forest Preserve. The forests are at high altitudes, so bring a jacket. Fido's got his coat, so he'll be all set!
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