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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 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 #780 on: August 23, 2017, 02:47:52 PM »
Couldnt raise money, maybe he was burnt out ?

Started a successful startup. I've been in touch with him.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #781 on: August 24, 2017, 02:01:23 AM »
Sorry if this is mean but good riddance. I had a terrible experience by him.
I'm sure he's a nice guy in private life and I have nothing personal against him, but I hope he finally found his calling in life. Shlichus/rabbinate definitely ain't for him.
He definitely seems like he'd do great in business though.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #782 on: August 30, 2017, 10:42:59 PM »
Sorry if this is mean but good riddance. I had a terrible experience by him.

It's very mean & even disgusting to say that on a public forum about a guy who's only  interest in being there was to encourage jewish neshomos.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #783 on: August 30, 2017, 10:44:00 PM »
It's very mean & even disgusting to say that on a public forum about a guy who's only  interest in being there was to encourage jewish neshomos.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #784 on: September 03, 2017, 01:41:16 PM »
Sorry if this is mean but good riddance. I had a terrible experience by him.
I'm sure he's a nice guy in private life and I have nothing personal against him, but I hope he finally found his calling in life. Shlichus/rabbinate definitely ain't for him.
He definitely seems like he'd do great in business though.

Sorry, couldnt say it any more wrong than that. While im sure when people think of a shliach you're thinking of something else.. this was hawaii for heaven sake. He worked very hard, the money wasnt there to pay the bills.

He opened a great falafel restaurant so that visitors could have kosher etc


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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #785 on: September 05, 2017, 08:33:46 AM »
Whether you believe that to be true or not, what purpose does it serve to post that on a public site? You should be disgusted with yourself.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #786 on: December 05, 2017, 09:15:58 AM »
Got this e-mail:


Chabad is excited to announce that you can now order kosher meat, chicken, and many other kosher products to the Big Island at minimal cost.

Each person can place his/her own order from Westernkosher.com with any zip code on the Big Island. Delivery is done by a company called Calhono, which specializes in frozen and refrigerated shipments to Hawaii. Their fee is based on the total weight and volume of the entire order, so the exact amount will be determined & due upon pickup from Chabad in Kona. It will be about $1.00 per LB (in addition to the price paid to Western Kosher for the products).

The next delivery will ship on Friday, the 8th of Dec 2017. Please place your order as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday morning. The order will arrive to the Big Island on Tuesday the 19th.

Please click here for more info on how to order.

We hope to be making orders once a month or so. If you are interested in future updates please let us know.

This arrangement is being provided by Chabad as a service to the community at cost price.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #787 on: December 06, 2017, 08:59:47 AM »
Got this e-mail:


Chabad is excited to announce that you can now order kosher meat, chicken, and many other kosher products to the Big Island at minimal cost.

Each person can place his/her own order from Westernkosher.com with any zip code on the Big Island. Delivery is done by a company called Calhono, which specializes in frozen and refrigerated shipments to Hawaii. Their fee is based on the total weight and volume of the entire order, so the exact amount will be determined & due upon pickup from Chabad in Kona. It will be about $1.00 per LB (in addition to the price paid to Western Kosher for the products).

The next delivery will ship on Friday, the 8th of Dec 2017. Please place your order as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday morning. The order will arrive to the Big Island on Tuesday the 19th.

Please click here for more info on how to order.

We hope to be making orders once a month or so. If you are interested in future updates please let us know.

This arrangement is being provided by Chabad as a service to the community at cost price.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

Does anyone have a ballpark on how big the fulltime Kosher community on Big Island (or any Hawaiian island for that matter)? This service obviously won't help tourists since it's so infrequent, and it's probably cheaper to check a bag with food anyway (let's say $35 at most for up to 50lbs).

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #788 on: December 06, 2017, 12:24:16 PM »
Does anyone have a ballpark on how big the fulltime Kosher community on Big Island (or any Hawaiian island for that matter)? This service obviously won't help tourists since it's so infrequent, and it's probably cheaper to check a bag with food anyway (let's say $35 at most for up to 50lbs).
Full time kosher community on the BI is just the rabbi and his family.  (Pretty sure it's the same on Kauai and Maui.  Oahu has more.)

It's about convenience as well as price.

The new Chabad on the BI seems to have an extensive list of prepared food (including dairy CY, yay!) that you can order from them as well             (https://jewishbigislandorg.clhosting.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/3830169).
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