There are many small towns in Hawaii perfect for retirement living. The South Kona coast of the Big Island of Hawaii is perfect for your golden years (or any years!). Get a mountain house and grow your own Kona coffee and enjoy the wonderful view from your Lanai. Honolulu, Kona, Big Island
Best Small Towns in Hawaii:
If you want to get away from the buzz of tourism and the large city lights, take a stroll in some of the most scenic and amazing small towns in Hawaii. While you won’t find Honolulu on the list, you will discover hidden gems that offer pristine beauty and unique attractions that you don’t want to miss.
1. Paia, Maui
This hip little surfing community is the island’s hub for the sport. Surf shops line the streets and give rise to the hippest and most casual mix of restaurants, cafes and shops in the area. Eclectic boutiques and art galleries are also found in the town and the diverse residents and tourists make the town even more edgy and interesting. The town was once a plantation community and is found along the twists and turns of the road to Hana. Paia is one of those towns you won’t want to miss while visiting the state of Hawaii.
2. Lahaina, Maui
The scenic town of Lahaina offers a historic shopping district that features Old World charm meets modern amenities of the 21st century. Architecture in the town brings the charm of the plantation community to life by preserving what once stood among the backdrop of the island’s pristine beauty. There is a modern mix of eateries, retailers and nightclubs that lure tourists in by the droves but surprisingly enough, the town never seems over-crowded.
3. Hawi, Hawaii
Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, Hawi is often over-looked in years past, but today offers a peaceful appeal that can only be found in one of the best small towns in Hawaii. Found along the Northern Kohala peninsula, the lush scenery is a huge draw, but tourists love the small community because of its well-preserved boutiques, shops and eateries. The storefronts have been reconstructed over the years to their natural state and offer rich history from the outside looking in. Bookstores and galleries line the streets.
4. Haleiwa, Oahu
Located along the North Shore, the small town of Haleiwa came about in 1898 when a businessman named Benjamin Dillingham constructed a Victorian Hotel named Haleiwa. The area became a prestigious weekend getaway for residents of Honolulu. Today the town is a gateway to much of the surfing community along the North Shore. Surf shops, shaved ice stands and ice cream parlors line the streets and give rise to a diverse group of residents and tourists. Professional surfers and sportsmen can often be seen strolling through the neighborhood of Haleiwa.
5. Hanalei, Kauai
Located far from the buzz of the city lights of Honolulu or any other large community in Hawaii is the picturesque town of Hanalei. The town is found along the North Shore of Kauai and can only be entered from the single lane bridge known as Hanalei River Bridge. The town boasts unusual shopping retailers and anything from sushi to burgers in its eateries and eclectic cafes. The surrounding landscape has everything to offer its tourists. The backdrop contains valleys that drop low into the earth and cliffs that seem to glide up into the heavens. The white sand beaches are breathtaking and the beauty of the town is hard to match.
Hawaii towns and communities include:
Anahola, Captain Cook, Dillingham Ranch, Eleele, Ewa, Ewa Beach, Glenwood, Haena, Haiku, Halawa, Halawa Heights, Haleiwa, Hana, Hanalei, Hanamaulu, Hanapepe, Haou, Hauula, Hawi, Hilo, Holualoa, Honaunau, Honokaa, Honokahua, Honolulu, Honomu, Honouliuli, Honuapo, Hoolehua, Kaaawa, Kaeleku, Kahakuloa, Kahaluu, Kahana, Kahua, Kahuku, Kailua, Kailua Kona, Kalaheo, Kalaoa, Kalapana, Kalaupapa, Kaluaaha, Kamalo, Kamooloa, Kamuela, Kaneohe, Kapaa, Kapaau, Kaumakani, Kaumalapau, Kaunakakai, Kaupo, Kawaihae, Kawailoa Beach, Kawailoa Camp, Kealakekua, Kealia, Keauhou, Keawakapu, Kekaha, Keokea, Kihei, Kilauea, Kipahulu, Koloa, Kualapuu, Kukuihaele, Kunia Camp, Kurtistown, Lahaina, Laie, Lanai City, Laupahoehoe, Lihue, Lualualei, Maalaea, Mahukona, Maili, Makaha, Makawao, Makaweli, Mana, Mauna Loa, Maunaloa, Milolii, Mokuleia, Moloaa, Mountain View, Naalehu, Nanakuli, Niulii, Olowalu, Ookala, Opihikao, Paauilo, Pahala, Pahoa, Paia, Papa, Papaaloa, Papaikou, Pauwela, Pearl City, Pepeekeo, Poamoho Camp, Puuanahulu, Puukolii, Puuwai, Sunset Beach, Ulupalakua, Umikoa, Volcano House, Wahiawa, Waiakoa, Waialee, Waialua, Waianae, Waikane, Waikapu, Waikii, Wailua, Wailuku, Waimanalo, Waimea, Waipahu, Waipio Acres, Weloka, Whitmore Village HI.