Kawaihae is an unincorporated community on the west side of the island of Hawaii in the U.S. state of Hawaii, 35 miles north of Kailua-Kona. Its harbor includes a fuel depot, shipping terminal and military landing site. Outside of the man-made breakwall of the harbor is a popular surf spot and the Pua Kailima o Kawaihae Cultural Surf Park. The small town features a handful of restaurants and art galleries. To the north of the harbor is the Kawaihae Canoe Club and a small boat ramp. To the south is Puukohol Heiau national historic site, built by King Kamehameha I in 1791.