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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

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #315 on: January 26, 2015, 11:39:56 PM »
What's the deal with driving up Mauna Kea? can I take a rental car up there?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #316 on: January 27, 2015, 01:13:40 AM »
What's the deal with driving up Mauna Kea? can I take a rental car up there?

The rental contracts all say no but everyone does anyways.  The only company that permits you to take rentals up to the summit is Harpers.
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« Reply #317 on: January 27, 2015, 01:22:14 AM »
The rental contracts all say no but everyone does anyways.
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« Reply #318 on: February 26, 2015, 03:11:14 PM »
Wiki anyone? :)
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #319 on: February 26, 2015, 03:17:05 PM »
Wiki anyone? :)

Been on my to do list for a while...
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #320 on: February 26, 2015, 03:22:39 PM »
Does Hawaii really need wikis? Step 1: read the respective Revealed book and mark off anything that looks interesting. Step 2: follow up in the thread on which activities you should pick from your list based on your length of stay.

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« Reply #321 on: February 26, 2015, 03:24:32 PM »
Been on my to do list for a while...
In the next week would be great ;)

Does Hawaii really need wikis? Step 1: read the respective Revealed book and mark off anything that looks interesting. Step 2: follow up in the thread on which activities you should pick from your list based on your length of stay.
That's the point of a wiki, I don't have to read a whole book for basic info.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #322 on: February 26, 2015, 03:26:10 PM »
Does Hawaii really need wikis? Step 1: read the respective Revealed book and mark off anything that looks interesting. Step 2: follow up in the thread on which activities you should pick from your list based on your length of stay.

There are plenty of activities that will never make it into any guidebook for a variety of reasons.  While some of those activities wouldn't make it into a wiki either, there are other activities that can be included in a wiki which may be of use.
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« Reply #323 on: February 26, 2015, 03:36:00 PM »
In the next week would be great ;)
 That's the point of a wiki, I don't have to read a whole book for basic info.
But the books are so good! And besides, the book will list 10 "great" hikes and 2 might make it into the wiki, but those 2 might be challenging ones so you won't want to do them. Had you read the book, you might have found 2 hikes that sound like they're more to your speed and then you could ask questions here specifically about those hikes. You wouldn't have even known those existed (since they didn't make it into the wiki) unless you read the book. Just an example.

There are plenty of activities that will never make it into any guidebook for a variety of reasons.  While some of those activities wouldn't make it into a wiki either, there are other activities that can be included in a wiki which may be of use.
Let's not see another raging war over your "secret" activities. ;D Good think AJK is busy and hopefully won't join this debate again. :P

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #324 on: February 26, 2015, 03:39:06 PM »
Oh pulease.  The sole intent of my post was to inform you that the guidebook isn't complete.  After 6 trips to the BI I found lots of useful info off the beaten path on my own - stuff that was not in the Revealed books.
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« Reply #325 on: February 26, 2015, 03:48:02 PM »
Oh pulease.  The sole intent of my post was to inform you that the guidebook isn't complete.  After 6 trips to the BI I found lots of useful info off the beaten path on my own - stuff that was not in the Revealed books.
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« Reply #326 on: February 26, 2015, 03:49:01 PM »
The wiki is editable by anyone. Feel free :)

Seems like SF volunteered.   :)
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« Reply #327 on: February 26, 2015, 03:51:44 PM »
But the books are so good! And besides, the book will list 10 "great" hikes and 2 might make it into the wiki, but those 2 might be challenging ones so you won't want to do them. Had you read the book, you might have found 2 hikes that sound like they're more to your speed and then you could ask questions here specifically about those hikes. You wouldn't have even known those existed (since they didn't make it into the wiki) unless you read the book. Just an example.
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« Reply #328 on: February 27, 2015, 08:19:33 AM »
I own the books. Wiki's serve a different purpose than the books.

Agreed. Aside from the fact that a wiki gives me all the info I need in less than 5 minutes, there is often info about chabad, shabbos, etc. that is obviously not in the book. Anyway, I like reading what different people's opinions are. I love the revealed books but that's all Doughty's point of view.

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« Reply #329 on: February 27, 2015, 09:02:48 AM »
Agreed. Aside from the fact that a wiki gives me all the info I need in less than 5 minutes, there is often info about chabad, shabbos, etc. that is obviously not in the book. Anyway, I like reading what different people's opinions are. I love the revealed books but that's all Doughty's point of view.
A wiki doesn't really show people's opinions, unless you read people's TRs that are perhaps listed in a wiki. I like wikis for their super concise way to find out what the top 10 activities are and then I can Google them to see what interests me before asking Q's in the thread about those specific activities/logistics.