Waipio Valley. 9 miles north of Honoka'a, at the end of the road. From the lookout center at the top of the cliff you can hike, drive (4WD ONLY) or take a shuttle down the steep 1.5 mile road to a pristine beach and taro plantation in a valley considered sacred to the ancient Hawaiians (avoid littering and show respect for the land and the sacredness of the place).
Tex Drive-In, 45-690 Pakalana St., Honoka'a (Turn makai off Highway 19 (left if coming from Kona, right from Hilo)), ☎ 808-775-0598. Daily 8am-8pm. The breakfasts, burgers and plate lunches are mediocre, but the malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts) are divine. Order a half dozen or dozen with various fillings, both traditional and tropical. About 45 minutes from Hilo and 60 minutes from Kona.Inexpensive.
Waipio Wayside Inn, . The historical Waipio Wayside Inn Bed and Breakfast is an old sugar plantation home in Honokaa and is located at the Hamakua coast line close to the Volcanoes National Park. A beautiful location for your Hawaii wedding.