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List of TR's:
JewJitSew, Something Fishy, Cbs, MendyP, PBaruch, mechayamom, 3yummyboys, PBaruch, shulem92, Yehoshua

Kosher Food/ Restaurants:

Synagogue:

Things to Do:
Lava (find out in advance what the best way is to see the lava):
  • Helicopter
  • Hike/Bike
    • Surface flow - depending on the conditions, it might be possible to hike to surface flow.  Inquire with Kalapana Cultural Tours.
    • Ocean entry - At the present time, there are three ways to access the area where lava is flowing into the ocean: (i) walk the approximately 10 miles round trip over the county emergency access road from Kalapana (you can also walk over the road from the National Park side as well); (ii) rent a bicycle from one of several companies and ride to the ocean entry; or (iii) pay for Kalapana Cultural Tours (www.kalapanaculturaltours.com) to drive you most of the way and then hike or bike the remaining approximately 1.8 miles each way. 
  • Boat

Caves/lava tubes

Mountains
  • CAUTION: after SCUBA diving, wait 24 hours before going up the mountains
  • Mauna Loa
    • Mauna Loa Observatory - if this interests you, contact MLO to arrange tour; they'll give you code to gate; one-lane, seriously winding and undulating road
    • ways to summit:
      • day hike from parking lot just before MLO gate
      • minimum 3-5 day hike from Mauna Loa Access Road
  • Mauna Kea
    • visitor center for telescopes in evening
    • to do at summit
      • view sunset
      • Keck Observatory
      • Lake Waiau

Waterfalls

Historical/museums

Beaches
  • Waipio
  • Kalapana/Kaimu - black sand; 10(?) minute walk over lava rock
  • Punalu'u - black sand; good place to see turtles (I once saw 4)
  • Papakolea/Mahana/Green sand beach - there is a local family that shuttles folks from the parking area to the beach for a nominal fee.  Private tours can also be arranged to the beach and surrounding area.
  • Hapuna - has been rated #1 in US, top 10 international

Snorkeling

Snuba (ages 8+)
  • from shore
    • Snuba Doo available (ages 4-7)
  • Fair Wind snorkel trip to Kealakekua Bay
    • no Snuba Doo
    • may allow <8 if child has done Snuba Doo

SCUBA

Swimming with dolphins

Coffee Farm Tours

NPS sites

Botanic Gardens
  • Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden htbg.com

Miscellany
  • Lava Tree State Monument
  • Ahalanui
  • Seahorse Farm (great place for kids)- http://seahorse.com/
  • Cape Kumukahi Lighthouse - you can see where the lava came right up to the fence surrounding the lighthouse
  • South Point
  • Atlantis submarine
  • Hilo farmers market, Wednesdays (and Saturdays)
  • Pololu
  • Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo
  • Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Visitor Center - skippable; more expensive than Walmart; Rabbi Chazanow, previously of the BI has said that nuts without any chocolate/dairy are PAREVE, including Dry Roasted and Honey Roasted, even when bearing the OU-D

Hotels:
  • Kohala
  • Kona
  • Volcano
  • Hilo

Getting Around:
  • rent a car
  • bus
  • tours
  • bike
  • hike

Notes:
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #765 on: May 16, 2017, 11:19:16 PM »
Wiki posted.  Needs a lot of work, better organization, links.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #766 on: Yesterday at 01:27:14 AM »
Does anybody know if the Costco there carries the kosher cheese and bread that they carry in CA?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #767 on: Yesterday at 05:15:32 PM »
Does anybody know if the Costco there carries the kosher cheese and bread that they carry in CA?

I do not believe Costco has kosher cheeses and bread, (we were able to buy kosher cornish hens and other kosher food there) but you should call the Chabad Rabbi to find out about kosher food.  There is a brand of bread that the Rabbi said was permissible to buy (don't remember what it was) and we found kosher food in various supermarkets, Walmart, and health food stores on the Big Island.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #768 on: Yesterday at 06:06:12 PM »
Does anybody know if the Costco there carries the kosher cheese and bread that they carry in CA?
Had to run this past my kids.  They say yes, they believe there was a 2 lb package of Muenster cheese, CY, in Costco on the BI.  I know Maui for sure had when we were there, and I think we skipped Costco on Kauai, so the place we decided against buying it must've been on the BI.  Still, these things change, so definitely call the Chabad Rabbi.  If the new rabbi isn't on the BI, try the HNL rabbi, see if he knows or can put you in touch with Rabbi Chazanow, previously of the BI.

If CY is important, that's all that might be available.  If CS is fine, there are plenty of products in Safeway and Walmart.  They are right near each other, but easier to go to Safeway first.  Safeway has the bread.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #769 on: Yesterday at 06:09:11 PM »
Call the Costco and ask them. Will be easier if you have the Costco item number.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #770 on: Today at 01:41:17 AM »
Great info! Much thanks to all.

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« Reply #771 on: Today at 04:12:27 PM »
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« Reply #772 on: Today at 04:31:02 PM »

If CY is important, that's all that might be available.  If CS is fine, there are plenty of products in Safeway and Walmart.  They are right near each other, but easier to go to Safeway first.  Safeway has the bread.
Correction:. This may actually be different bread.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #773 on: Today at 04:41:51 PM »
Is there a shabbos minyan on TBI these days?
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