About Hawi, Hawaii
Hawi (pronounced havi) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. The population was 938 at the 2000 census.Hawi is situated to the west of the community of Kapaau. Together they comprise the most densely populated region in the district of North Kohala. Historically this part of Kohala is significant as the birthplace of Kamehameha I and the location of the Mo?okini heiau in the Kohala Historical Sites State Monument. The two communities were once busy commercial centers during the operation of the Kohala Sugar plantation.Hawi is the turnaround point for the Ironman World Championship Triathlon. It is the northern-most point on the bicycle leg, where athletes return to the finish line at Kamakahonu in Kailua-Kona. Hawi is also notable for its statue of Kamehameha, built in the nineteenth century several years after his death. The statue was built in France, but the ship transporting it sunk, and another statue was sent. That statue is found in Honolulu. Many years later, the original statue was recovered and now stands in Hawi.