If you’re dreaming of a Hawaiian vacation, then it’s time to book your getaway to make your dreams come true. Nestled on the island of Hawaii’s eastern tip sits the welcoming and beautiful community of Kapoho, where you and your family can spend your days exploring the island, lounging on the beach, and snorkeling in the clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. All around this area are communities of varying sizes with plenty of attractions for families just like yours to enjoy a relaxing paradise. Book a stay at a Kapoho vacation rental today. Here are the most incredible places in and around Kapoho to visit.

1. Kapoho

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While staying in a beautiful vacation rental in Kapoho, you and your family can enjoy a low-key Hawaiian vacation. Rent bikes to explore the town and surrounding area. Stop by the Green Lake Fruit Stand to pick up some pineapple or coconuts for an afternoon snack. You and your family can pack some water bottles and do some hiking around the Kapoho Crater. At Kapoho Point, spend a day on the white sands while the kids play in the surf.

2. Leilani Estates

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To the southwest of Kapoho, Leilani Estates offers your family beautiful scenery and plenty of outdoor activities. Spend an afternoon hiking and exploring the Lava Tree State Monument with its molds of trees burnt in a lava flow. Don’t forget to pack your picnic lunch to enjoy in this lush green space. Find some unique locals stores for handmade items that you can take home as gifts or keep for yourself.

3. Nanawale Estates

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Find quiet residential streets and modest vacation rentals in the Nanawale Estates community. You and your family can spend time together and enjoy walks in the evening through the local neighborhoods. Use this as a home base to explore the rest of the island while saving money not staying in one of the more expensive resort areas. Drive through the Nanawale Forest Reserve and see what a rain forest looks like.

4. Hawaiian Beaches

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While away your days with a vacation rental close to the beaches in the community of Hawaiian Beaches. This small area offers wide open spaces and plenty of room to roam on the beaches. Spend your day’s snorkeling, kayaking, and surfing. You can do some hiking and explore in the nearby Nanawale Forest Reserve with its lush greenery and unique wildlife.

5. Pahoa

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Settle into the Pahoa and get to know the locals over tacos at the Luquins Mexican Food Truck, known for its fresh local ingredients and hefty portion sizes. In the mornings, stop by the Tin Shack Bakery for a robust breakfast and eat it out on the patio with its beautiful tropical views. A vacation rental in this area offers quick access to the beaches and a short drive to the larger areas on the island.

6. Ainaloa

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Relax and unwind in the beautiful setting of the town of Ainaloa with its close-knit community and friendly locals. Choose a rental on a quiet street and relax on the deck while the kids play in the yard. Drive over to the Maku’u Farmer’s Market for some fresh fruit to make smoothies or enjoy as an afternoon snack. In town, you’ll find a selection of eclectic shops with homemade items from the islands along with the typical Hawaiian souvenirs.

7. Hawaiian Paradise Park

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Hawaiian Paradise Park or Paradise Park welcomes families to explore the Hawaiian coast from this small community. Spend the days out on the water, boating, snorkeling, and kayaking. Hire a charter company to explore the area by water or to enjoy some deep-sea fishing. Learn more about Hawaii’s plans to use sustainable energy at the Educational Hobby Garden Hawaii that uses exhibits and hands-on experiences to teach kids more about energy science.

8. Orchidlands Estates

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In a central location, Orchidlands Estates offers your family a great place to create a home base for your Hawaiian vacation. You’re just minutes from the ocean, where you and your family can swim, hike around the stark coast line made from lava, and enjoy time together. On the way back from the beach, pick up some fresh tropical fruits from the Maku’u Farmer’s Market.

9. Fern Acres

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Feel like your living life off the grid in the area known as Fern Acres. Pass the days on rented bikes riding along the deserted roads and taking in the beautiful sights or catch up on your reading on the back deck. Drive over to the Hilo Coffee Mill for a tour of this 24-acre plantation and see how they roast coffee grounds. Afterward, enjoy a cup of Joe along with a pastry in the attached cafe.

10. Kurtistown

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Slow down and enjoy spending time reconnecting with your family with a vacation rental in the Kurtistown community just a few minutes north of Kapoho. While in the area, check out the Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary, where you can help out and walk the animals. Hike or bike along the trails in the Waiakea Forest Reserve. Take binoculars so you can get a better look at the tropical birds in this protected area.

11. Kea’au

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Feel a real sense of community with a small home in the Kea’au area. In the evenings, take the kids over to the Kea’au Shipman Park to zoom around on the playground equipment while you walk hand-in-hand with your hubby. In the downtown area, you’ll find a collection of local shops and mom and pop restaurants to eat a meal out.