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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) - UPDATE - you are now restricted to .5 miles from the surface flow due to dumb tourists putting themselves in danger and almost getting killed. As a result, viewing ocean entry from land is not as enjoyable as it used to be; (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
  • Thurston Lava Tube (parking now restricted to 30 minutes)
  • Kaumana
  • ranger-led to?
  • Cave 3
  • Kazamura Caves http://kazumuracave.com/

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
      • adz quarry

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
  • If you plan on going to more than one NPS site in your time in Hawaii, it probably makes sense to get a Hawaii Tri-Parks Pass, which costs $30 per year for all three parks that collect fees (HAVO,HALE,PUHO), instead of up to $25 for a few days for one park.
  • Hawaii Volcanoes NP (HVNP) (ALL BUT KAHUKU UNIT IS CLOSED FOR NOW)
    • Jaggar Museum/Halemaumau overlook
    • Thurston lava tube (Definitely do the dark end if open, but has been closed for years.)
    • Chain of Craters Rd. to Holei sea arch
    • Kahuku (only weekendsEXPANDED HOURS FOR NOW)
    • Easy hikes:  Sulphur Banks, Devastation Trail, Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs
  • Pu'uhonua o Honaunau NHP
  • Kaloko Honokohau NHP
  • Pu'ukohola Heiau NHS (heiau means temple)

Botanic Gardens
  • Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden htbg.com

Miscellany
  • Lava Tree State Monument CLOSED
  • Ahalanui (covered by lava, July 2018)
  • 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:
« Last edited by SSLPhD on July 14, 2018, 10:31:09 PM »

Author Topic: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread  (Read 155474 times)

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #300 on: January 21, 2015, 12:23:05 PM »
So one day for Waipo and another for VNP is sufficient? We plan to get there on Thursday morning, keep two days of shabbos chilling out, we have Sunday and Monday for Waipo and VNP, then maybe a quick stop at the beach on Tuesday morning before we go home. Anything else that we shouldn't miss?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #301 on: January 21, 2015, 12:23:47 PM »
Sunset and stargazing on Mauna Kea.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #302 on: January 21, 2015, 12:24:53 PM »
Can that be done after Waipo valley on the way back?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #303 on: January 21, 2015, 12:39:40 PM »
Can that be done after Waipo valley on the way back?

On the way back to Kona, yes.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #304 on: January 21, 2015, 12:41:27 PM »
Excellent, thanks so much.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #305 on: January 21, 2015, 04:10:33 PM »
On the way back to Kona, yes.
Hmmm, that's an idea, maybe I should hit up Waipio valley on my way from KOA to Mauna Kea?

I'm landing 12:35pm, sunset IINM is just before 7, does that give enough time for a quick hop over to Waipio? Is it even worth it if I'm only going to the lookout and not driving down into the valley??

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #306 on: January 21, 2015, 04:24:27 PM »
Hmmm, that's an idea, maybe I should hit up Waipio valley on my way from KOA to Mauna Kea?

I'm landing 12:35pm, sunset IINM is just before 7, does that give enough time for a quick hop over to Waipio? Is it even worth it if I'm only going to the lookout and not driving down into the valley??

I haven't been to Waipio so I can't comment on the merits of the lookout vs. the valley, other than to say that driving for hours to see an overlook seems like an awful waste of time.

As far as sunset goes, you'd want to be by the summit around an hour before the official time. Add to that the drive time and at least half an hour of acclimating at the visitors center and there's not much time left over...
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #307 on: January 21, 2015, 04:34:05 PM »
Waipio lookout is nothing.
Need time to drive down and hike around
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #308 on: January 21, 2015, 04:37:06 PM »
If you go to Waipio do it properly.  Drive to the black sand beach, drive around to see the taro fields, and hike to the waterfall.  If you don't have enough time for that, save it for another trip.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #309 on: January 21, 2015, 04:37:32 PM »
driving for hours to see an overlook seems like an awful waste of time.
C'mon, I thought you know me better than that :D

Add to that the drive time and at least half an hour of acclimating at the visitors center
Realistically, how long should that take?

Fishy, Did you go up to the visitor center, or not up at all?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #310 on: January 21, 2015, 04:48:06 PM »
C'mon, I thought you know me better than that :D

...which is how I know that you'd be able to find a better use of your time :D

Fishy, Did you go up to the visitor center, or not up at all?

Not at all. I was with a baby.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #311 on: January 21, 2015, 06:07:11 PM »
If you go to Waipio do it properly.  Drive to the black sand beach, drive around to see the taro fields, and hike to the waterfall.  If you don't have enough time for that, save it for another trip.


How much time is needed for that (including driving time from Kona)?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #312 on: January 22, 2015, 03:02:26 PM »

How much time is needed for that (including driving time from Kona)?

To do all that probably an entire day.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #313 on: January 22, 2015, 05:21:12 PM »
To do all that probably an entire day.

will that leave time to get to mauna kea before sunset? or do you mean literally the whole day 7:00 am to 7:00 pm?

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« Reply #314 on: January 22, 2015, 05:30:15 PM »
will that leave time to get to mauna kea before sunset? or do you mean literally the whole day 7:00 am to 7:00 pm?

No idea.  If you just want to drive around and go to the black sand beach I'm sure you can swing that in half a day.  You are asking a question that is very difficult for me to answer with specificity. 
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