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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:
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #420 on: July 16, 2015, 01:13:35 PM »
Miami doesn't have the beauty of Hawaii.
there is more then just wakiki beach

Flying 11 hours just to see HNL?   :o :o :o
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #421 on: July 16, 2015, 01:22:21 PM »
yes.
have any of you ever seen the beauty of Oahu? everyone thinks Oahu is just wakiki beach
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #422 on: July 16, 2015, 01:27:09 PM »
Oahu is beautiful if you leave HNL. Most people just never leave HNL.

Still, not as beautiful as the other islands. But flying to another island for 5-7 hours is just dumb.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #423 on: July 16, 2015, 01:40:46 PM »
what about is if I stay in maui until the next day?
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #424 on: July 17, 2015, 05:17:41 PM »
Has anyone scanned the old revealed book info about where the hot springs are?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #425 on: July 19, 2015, 06:27:24 AM »
Can I buy either kosher wine, or any type of wine blessed by a Rabbi, in Kona?
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #426 on: July 19, 2015, 10:20:58 AM »
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #427 on: July 21, 2015, 09:48:19 PM »
Hey all! Staying on TBI from 8/9 to 8/12. Going to be in the Fairmont Orchid and Marriott in Kona.


Renting a Toyota RAV4 or similar. Can anyone advise if this is sufficient to drive on any of the unpaved roads/sand on the island?

Thanks!

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #428 on: July 22, 2015, 12:35:21 AM »
When I checked yesterday, LAX-KOA had tons of AA award space in both Y and J.
This hadn't been the case when I have checked over the last several months.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #429 on: July 23, 2015, 03:18:12 PM »
Just saw this :(
Anyone have any more info?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #430 on: July 23, 2015, 03:30:12 PM »
Just saw this :(
Anyone have any more info?

2nd Edit: This is because of the recent protests on Mauna Kea against the new telescope being built.

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/29412735/boulders-pushed-into-road-to-mauna-kea-summit-removed-visitors-center-closed-indefinitely

I spoke to my buddy on the BI.  He says the protesters are still there so the visitor center is closed.  He also said that the protesters have made access to Mauna Kea difficult for the past few months.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #431 on: July 23, 2015, 05:11:33 PM »
Oh man. Any other good stargazing options?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #432 on: July 26, 2015, 10:43:41 AM »
The results from the first semi official Big Island chocolate babka competition are in and Greens unanimously won over Gombo's.  Dan knows what I'm talking about.   :)
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #433 on: July 26, 2015, 01:42:29 PM »
The results from the first semi official Big Island chocolate babka competition are in and Greens unanimously won over Gombo's.  Dan knows what I'm talking about.   :)
Gombo's babka or kokosh?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #434 on: July 26, 2015, 03:20:03 PM »
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #435 on: July 26, 2015, 03:29:12 PM »
babka
The kokush is what they excel at.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #436 on: July 26, 2015, 03:32:32 PM »
Could we PLEASE save the cake discussion till the fast is over?

Thank you >:(.
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« Reply #437 on: July 26, 2015, 03:32:41 PM »
The kokush is what they excel at.

That's not what you told me at the DDS....specifically mentioned babka.
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« Reply #438 on: July 26, 2015, 03:33:40 PM »
That's not what you told me at the DDS....specifically mentioned babka.
I don't think I've ever even had their babka. But usually after a DDS my brain is so fried that I wouldn't be remotely surprised if I misspoke.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #439 on: July 28, 2015, 08:42:52 AM »
This isn't specific to the BI, but just wondering if anyone can comment on using walking sticks for hiking? Does it really make it easier?