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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 ask, "you know we don't do astronomy, right?"; will 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
    • Harpers - only rental car company that allows you to drive anywhere on the island
  • Bus
  • tours
  • bike
  • hike

Notes:
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #30 on: February 06, 2013, 01:56:16 AM »
Wow! Wow! Thanks for the detailed TR!

Really amazing pics.

Thanks and thanks!
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #31 on: February 06, 2013, 02:03:40 AM »
Really amazing pics.
+1

Can I come to the photography lesson? :)

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #32 on: February 25, 2013, 03:48:07 AM »
leaving tomorrow iy"h to the big island flying into hilo. - ill be landing at around 3pm and ill have 3.5 hours till sunset and then a full next day to tour and drive to kona for the return flight.

so far my plan is to go to the volcano national park and spend time there and then at night go to mauna kea . tuesday morning to drive along the north /west side of island to kona and go to captain cook and pololu valley lookout.

i really want to go to green sand beach and south point. but im wondering how to schedule it and see if its worth the long drive - cuz ill be driving a lot.
also im wondering how dangerous the drive up to mauna kea is at night?

if anyone can assist me with some advice that would be appreciated.

 


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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #33 on: February 25, 2013, 08:33:07 AM »
Bad plan IMHO.

Are you renting a 4x4?

If you have a 4x4 I'd go offroading and go for a dip into some isolated volcanically heated hot springs on the Hilo side followed by viewing the current flow at Kalapana (though recently some people have said you can't get too close unless you take a helicopter ride).

Tomorrow I'd go to Volcano Natl park.  You can play it quick there and also get in the green sand beach/south point/road to ocean or to Waipio Valley or you can take it easy and stay in the park on the spectacular devastation trail hike.  Top the day off with sunset at Mauna Kea (625pm and allow quite some time to make it to the top, ideally you should get out an adjust at the ranger station rather than drive straight up 15K feet).
Then haul @#$ to KOA to catch your flight.

Best of luck.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #34 on: February 25, 2013, 08:37:05 AM »
Chillin':



Hey- What lens did you take this shot with?
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #35 on: February 25, 2013, 08:42:20 AM »
Hey- What lens did you take this shot with?

18-55 Kit lens on the Sony NEX-5n.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #36 on: February 25, 2013, 09:22:13 AM »
18-55 Kit lens on the Sony NEX-5n.

Thanks!

How do you feel it compares to a regular SLR?

I've been thinking of buying a Mirrorless ILC -haven't really had my hands on one yet.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #37 on: February 25, 2013, 10:07:40 AM »
Thanks!

How do you feel it compares to a regular SLR?

I've been thinking of buying a Mirrorless ILC -haven't really had my hands on one yet.

Generally I feel that they compare very favorably to SLRs, if not better in some situations. If you have kids and want to take a camera with you all over then itís a no-brainer. Same goes if youíre planning to use it a lot for video.

Pros, compared to DSLRs:
-Far smaller than SLRs, so youíll take it everywhere.
-Generally cheaper (there are usually some sick deals on the Olympus and Panasonic ones).
-Video is insanely fantastic Ė on my 5n I could for example touch my daughterís face on the touchscreen and the camera will track focus on it no matter where she runs. With a DSLR video is generally useless for kids. The slightest bit if movement and everythingís out of focus.
-Image quality is about as good as an SLR since the sensors are about the same size.
-You could generally also use filters, remotes, and most other DSLR accessories.

Cons, compared to DSLRs:
-Smaller lens selection (probably not too much of an issue for most people, especially with Micro 4/3).
-DSLR image quality will still be a drop better (usually).
-Most donít have viewfinders (useful for using the camera in bright daylight, and keeps the camera steadier).
-Uses batteries like a P&S (200-400 shots), while a DSLR usually gets around 2000 shots.
-Many donít have hotshoes or remote connections.
-DSLRs focus faster, especially in low light.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #38 on: February 25, 2013, 12:57:59 PM »
Bad plan IMHO.

Are you renting a 4x4?

If you have a 4x4 I'd go offroading and go for a dip into some isolated volcanically heated hot springs on the Hilo side followed by viewing the current flow at Kalapana (though recently some people have said you can't get too close unless you take a helicopter ride).

Tomorrow I'd go to Volcano Natl park.  You can play it quick there and also get in the green sand beach/south point/road to ocean or to Waipio Valley or you can take it easy and stay in the park on the spectacular devastation trail hike.  Top the day off with sunset at Mauna Kea (625pm and allow quite some time to make it to the top, ideally you should get out an adjust at the ranger station rather than drive straight up 15K feet).
Then haul @#$ to KOA to catch your flight.

Best of luck.
i reserved a premium, so i hope theyll give me something good - ill ask for a wrangler i guess.

your plan sounds good, but the one issue is that my flight leaves KOA at 10:20pm and to go for sunset at mauna kea would be kinda tight because it looks like 2.5 hour drive. - and i have luggage to check in
also where are these lava springs you speak about? will i find them randomly or its a certain place?

isnt waipio valley on the other end of island (accross south point)? if i were to choose wither of the 2 which would you recommend - i mean just the drive from south to mauna kea says 3.5 hours!!

maybe ill go to mauna kea tonight and then tommorow go to the park and keep going down (instead of north) and around to south and on to kona for flight

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #39 on: February 25, 2013, 01:08:20 PM »
If you went to HI without the revealed books you have nobody but yourself to blame. I don't remember where each hot spring is.

I don't think it will be that tight, google drive times tend to be long.

Google pics for Waipio and green sand and decide what to do.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #40 on: February 25, 2013, 01:10:48 PM »
If you went to HI without the revealed books you have nobody but yourself to blame. I don't remember where each hot spring is.

I don't think it will be that tight, google drive times tend to be long.

Google pics for Waipio and green sand and decide what to do.
im not blaming anyone...im just asking
and ill google and see. will write up a TR later.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #41 on: February 26, 2013, 04:52:34 PM »
im not blaming anyone...im just asking
and ill google and see. will write up a TR later.

gtg see pali lookout before my flight... later!

On my first trip to the Big Island we didn't make it to Green Sands, we got down there but with an infant in tow we did not want to walk it, take a local up for a ride, and definitely were not going to make it in our rental. This last trip I really wanted to make it out there but had a Suburban as a rental (nice Avis President's Club upgrade from a mid-size). On our last day I exchanged the big truck for a 4-door Wrangler and headed out for the day.

The year that passed since our first visit made me forget how far that end of the island was from Waikoloa where we were staying. It was late in the day when we finally made it to the Southern Most Point in the US. I have played around off-roading before, but cannot say I know what I am doing. The sun was just beginning to set as we were heading down and since there was a local truck heading out I thought we could try to follow them. They definitely got a head start and as we were driving we began to lose them in the combo of dust and lack of driving confidence. More than once my wife and I looked at each other with concern. The thing is once you get going there was not much space to turn around and I kept thinking we are this far, we have to go all the way.

Once getting there, it really is unique and I am glad we went. We took some beautiful photos (even with sunlight escaping us). So realizing the sun was setting over a very rough terrain we started back as did the local who was leaving. We were ahead of them trying to blaze our own trail and pushing the capability of the Jeep. While I drove carefully trying to care for my daughter and wife, I glance and see the local is well beyond us and we are on own own.

Long story short, B''H we made it back despite our Jeep sliding sideways down a decent sized sand dune.

It is definitely a sight and experience, but I highly recommend going in daylight with plenty of time to enjoy the beach and return before sunset.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #42 on: February 26, 2013, 04:56:33 PM »
Pics?
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #43 on: February 28, 2013, 02:00:43 PM »
Don't have many on my computer here, attached is one that I had re-touched to brighten up, but the originals were a bit dark.


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