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Top 5 favorite Hawaii small towns


A couple thousand of you voted, we counted every answer and now we're ready to reveal the results of our latest HAWAII Magazine Facebook Ohana Poll question: "What's your favorite Hawaii small town?"

We received so many votes, in fact, that it's possible there isn't a town between Naalehu on the Big Island and Hanapepe on Kauai that didn't get at least a single vote. Votes were so numerous that we wound up surprised at some of the popular Hawaii small towns that missed our Facebook ohana's final Top 5. Among the towns that didn't make the final cut: Kapaa, Kauai; Makawao, Maui; Waimea/Kamuela, Big Island; Koloa, Kauai; and Honokaa, Big Island. One of our favorite Maui towns, Hana (pictured above), just missed the Top 5.

If you’d like to join in on our next poll and vote along with our always-growing Facebook fan page ohana, go to the HAWAII Magazine Facebook page and “like” us. In return you’ll be ready to share your answers in all of our “Hawaii favorite” poll questions as soon as we post them, know the results of the poll when all of the votes are counted and get all of our daily HawaiiMagazine.com photos and features.

We’ll be posting our next Ohana Poll question on HAWAII Magazine’s Facebook page in the days ahead, so join soon if you haven’t yet.

Until then, here’s the Top 5 countdown of our Facebook ohana’s favorite Hawaii small towns:


Hawi, Big Island

Two decades ago, Hawi, on the lush, yet seldom-visited North Kohala peninsula of the Big Island of Hawaii, almost disappeared into the past. The century-old buildings of the once bustling plantation town were boarded up and crumbling. Visitors were few, unless they were headed to end-of-the-highway Pololu Valley. That all changed in the 'aughts when a new generation of artists and entrepreneurs moved into the area. Attracted to the same tranquil small town life that kept longtime residents in Hawi, they (and longtime residents) restored the town’s decaying storefronts, filling them with unique and unusual boutiques, eateries, bookstores and galleries. Hawi today is vibrant again—with a surprisingly-numerous-for-a-town-of-its-size collection of great places to eat—but with no less of its small town appeal firmly intact. HAWAII Magazine has long been fond of Hawi and Kapaa—the latter, Hawi's neighboring North Kohala peninsula town. We’re stoked our Facebook ohana shares that love, too. (Check out our Hawi and Kapaau photo slideshow.)

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