Big Island Real Estate: Where you should settle?

White beaches, rich local culture, amazing watersports, stunning scenery, wonderful walking, laid back living – there are so many things that draw very different people to life on our diverse and beautiful Big Island. To help you find the best places to live in Hawaii to make your island dreams a reality, we’ve shared a few prime locations for Big Island Hawaii real estate, based on a range of lifestyles…

If you love…city living


Set on the East coast of Hawaii, Hilo is the biggest town on the Big Island, and a world away from the somewhat touristy feel of the island’s second major city of Kona. The home of much of the island’s infrastructure, Hilo is one of the best places to live in Hawaii for anyone hoping to settle down and find work. With low crime levels (like much of Hawaii), Hilo is a laid-back, coastal city with a small town feel, with plenty to do if the idea of an isolated island paradise isn’t your cup of tea. Discover properties in South Hilo here.

If you love…beautiful countryside


Set in rolling green hills in the Hamakua region, the charming village of Waimea is a perfect spot for anyone who loves finding themselves surrounded by greenery, a laid back pace of life and true, rural local charm. With its very own theatre (for the arts, not movies), Waimea is the epitome of gorgeous small town living, with more than enough to do. It’s just a 30 minute drive to superb beaches on the West coast (famed for its warm, temperate weather) and, while Waimea certainly gets its fair share of soggy showers, the damp conditions leave this spot with a verdant beauty and a freshness you’ll find in few other areas of the island. Explore more Hamakua properties here.

If you love…hitting the beach


Makalawena beach in the Kekaha Kai State Park is one of the island’s finest beaches, with the best snorkeling and diving in the whole of the Hawaii Islands. As this beach is protected with national park status, you’ll need to move a little way to find a property in close proximity. One of the best spots has to be Kukio.

Close to Kona International Airport, golf courses and superb natural parks, this is a popular spot to live. It’s also popular with visitors to the island, and the Kukio area (just North of Kekaha Kai) is home to many of the Big Island’s most luxurious hotels and resorts. A plethora of the island’s most beautiful beaches can be found along this Western stretch and, for the right price, you can buy yourself a little slice of beach paradise too. Browse properties in the area here.

If you love…getting away from it all


To the West of the North Kohala town of Kapaau, Hawi is a small village surrounded by big scenery. Home to just 938 people in 298 households, Hawi is a world away from the more touristy areas of Kona and the more commercial areas around Hilo. For a real escape into Hawaii’s wondrous natural environment, Hawaii hidden gems can be found in the form of outlying properties in this area. Numerous artists have set up flourishing, boutique agricultural businesses and places to escape in the region, surrounded by dramatic cliffs and rolling scenery, a testament to its isolated charm and agricultural richness. Take a closer look at North Kohala properties here.

If you love…Hawaiian culture


From Hulihee Palace and Mokuaikaua Church, to King Kamehameha’s Ahuena Heiau temple, this bustling corner on the West of the Big Island is a rich site for Hawaiian history and Hawaiian culture. With plenty of nightlife in the form of traditional music once the sun goes down, fabulous local cuisine on your doorstep and regular markets, this is a thriving spot, just a short drive from Kona International Airport, making Kailua Village one of the best places to live in Hawaii if you want to soak up plenty of local flavor. View properties in the area here.

Where is your dream piece of Big Island Hawaii real estate? What draws you to the island? Let us know below. To see more Hawaii hidden gems and explore more of the best places to live in Hawaii, contact the Live on the Big Island team on (808) 217-8500 or take a look at Big Island properties online today.

Annette Mejia, Realtor Broker
Annette Mejia, Realtor Broker

"Everything Annette did for me was from the heart"

As someone that has spent her whole life feeling lucky to work with people in customer service, I vowed then and there to help people like you and me have the experience they deserved when moving to The Big Island. Because let’s face it, this should be the start of the happiest, proudest, and most peaceful period in your life!

For 15 years I have been helping people make the most out of life and real estate on The Big Island and I would be honored to do that for you too. I look forward to meeting you!

Warmest Aloha,
Annette Mejia

Live On The Big Island