Recreation: What to Do in Hawaii
The balmy weather and protected waters of our Island’s west side are perfectly suited to the area’s wide range of outdoor pursuits. Biking, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, canoe paddling, running, sailing, golf, swimming, SCUBA, and fishing are just a few of the activities residents and visitors enjoy year round.
Community parks and playgrounds are venues for picnics and parties and include recreational fields for soccer, football, and baseball. Gymnasiums offer basketball and volleyball courts and public swimming pools are located in North Kohala, Kailua-Kona and Kealakekua.
The island’s most popular park is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in East Hawaii, which is visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year. Three other Federally funded park areas that protect and interpret historically significant sites are located in West Hawaii – Pu`uhonua O Honaunau (City of Refuge) in South Kona, Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site in South Kohala and Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park in North Kona.
The State and County administrations maintain the other park areas with the support of various community service groups and businesses.
Significant annual events in West Hawaii that are centered around recreation include the Ironman Triathlon, the Hawaii International Billfish Tournament, Senior PGA MasterCard Golf Tournament, Keauhou-Kona Triathlon, and an outrigger canoe racing season that runs from April to September.