Papa'ikou, Big Island

A natural paradise located just north of Hilo on the Big Island's east shore, Papa'ikou's main attraction is the nearby Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, a lush sanctuary sheltering over 2,000 species of rare tropical plant species from around the world. It's a very scenic area with gorgeous ocean vistas, waterfalls and streams.

The four-mile (6.5 km) stretch of road that begins just past mile marker 7 (coming from Hilo) and leads to the Garden is called Old Mamalahoa Highway. It is breathtaking and really worth the drive.

Apart from the nearby natural attractions, Papa'ikou is a sleepy little town with a few small eateries.

Papa'ikou Overview

  • Small town on the Big Island's east shore, just north of Hilo
  • Nearby attraction is Onomea Bay and the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
  • Population: 1,314 (2010 Census)
  • Zip code: 96781

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