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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
  • Ahalanui (ROADS LEADING TO AHALANUI ARE BLOCKED BY LAVA FLOWS FOR NOW)
  • 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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Author Topic: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread  (Read 91267 times)

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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: 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 #782 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 #783 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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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #784 on: January 04, 2018, 08:07:28 PM »
Planning a trip for family of four that wants to stay in a 2 bedroom suite on the beach in kaui, (preferably) for 10 nights. does anyone here know where they can get the most for their points at one of the resorts?
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #785 on: January 04, 2018, 11:06:58 PM »
Planning a trip for family of four that wants to stay in a 2 bedroom suite on the beach in kaui, (preferably) for 10 nights. does anyone here know where they can get the most for their points at one of the resorts?
Kaui?  If you mean Kauai, maybe try asking in that thread.  I think possibly Marriotts may have what you're looking for.  You might also consider looking for a 1 bedroom suite with a sleeper sofa in the living room.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #786 on: January 07, 2018, 04:58:53 PM »
Where are affordable places on Kona side to buy produce? Does Wal-Mart have a decent produce selection? Others?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #787 on: January 07, 2018, 06:19:56 PM »
Where are affordable places on Kona side to buy produce? Does Wal-Mart have a decent produce selection? Others?
Walmart selection is pretty small, but they have a few things that you can buy like potatoes, zucchini, bananas, and apples.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #788 on: January 07, 2018, 11:04:26 PM »
Where are affordable places on Kona side to buy produce? Does Wal-Mart have a decent produce selection? Others?
Safeway (right near Walmart), farmers market (W-Su), fruit stands

Don't forget apple bananas, mangosteen, and YELLOW lilikoi if in season.   :)
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #789 on: January 07, 2018, 11:38:22 PM »
Where are affordable places on Kona side to buy produce? Does Wal-Mart have a decent produce selection? Others?

Safeway has a large selection but is quite expensive.  Fruit stands are definitely the way to go.  You can check out Cooks Bounty Fruit Stand and Judy's Fruit Stand if not too far from where you are.  Pictures of both fruit stands are in this TR if you are interested:

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #790 on: January 07, 2018, 11:49:20 PM »
Fruit stands are definitely the way to go.

Always the best option, all over Hawaii.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #791 on: January 08, 2018, 12:35:54 AM »
Fruit stands are great for fruit.  Not so great for other produce.  Don't recall ever seeing a potato, carrot, or salad veggie at a fruit stand, which might be what the poster is looking for.  If you go when Hawaiian sweet corn is in season, buy it from whomever you see set up on the side of the road.  Some things NOT to try: noni, breadfruit, durian.

On one of my recent visits to HI, there was a parsnip shortage back home.  When stores got it back in stock, it was extremely expensive.  Even Safeway was cheaper.  Personally, I like the convenience of Safeway a lot.  Would rather pick up staples there, and consider fruit stands as bonuses.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #792 on: January 08, 2018, 09:14:31 PM »
Thanks. Ya, was thinking more like veggies for meals. Fruit are a nice bonus but seems the fruit stands are great for that. We'll try walmart  and safeway.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #793 on: February 05, 2018, 09:30:17 AM »
http://khon2.com/2018/02/01/tour-guide-dies-after-group-overcome-by-noxious-steam-cloud-near-lava-flow/

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #794 on: February 05, 2018, 01:41:37 PM »
Anyone have intel on the SPG Westin Hapuna Beach Resort opening in Spring of 2018 (after renovation) in Waimea?  It's listed at Cat 5.
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