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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 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 #90 on: October 29, 2013, 12:41:50 PM »
Me and 4 friends are going to Hawaii in a few weeks and we plan on stay in the bug island for 5 days
We were thinking to rent a house next to the chabad house so we can go there for shabbos
What do you guys think of having a house down there meaning anywhere we want to go we will have to go back and forth will that work for us? Or do you think for a few days have a house near the chabad house and the other few on the other end of the island?

TIA

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #91 on: October 29, 2013, 12:54:34 PM »
I would do a few on both ends.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #92 on: October 29, 2013, 01:08:59 PM »
We're 5 guys with each suit case looking to rent from hertz on the big island which vehicle would be the most convenient and it's a 4x4?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #93 on: October 29, 2013, 01:57:42 PM »
We're 5 guys with each suit case looking to rent from hertz on the big island which vehicle would be the most convenient and it's a 4x4?

If you want to drive to the top of mauna kea, 4wd is recommended - put it in 4wd low and 2nd gear on way up and down.  Although lots of people take everything up to the top including mustangs, best to take 4wd.  If you are not planning on driving to the top of mauna kea, get a minivan.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #94 on: October 29, 2013, 02:07:00 PM »
If you want to drive to the top of mauna kea, 4wd is recommended - put it in 4wd low and 2nd gear on way up and down.  Although lots of people take everything up to the top including mustangs, best to take 4wd.  If you are not planning on driving to the top of mauna kea, get a minivan.
I'd say exactly the opposite.

I drove up Mauna Kea in a mustang without any issues.
But if you want to drive the road to the ocean, drive into waipio valley, drive to hidden volcanically heater waler holes, drive to green sands beach, etc, etc you need 4WD.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #95 on: October 29, 2013, 02:08:09 PM »
I'd say exactly the opposite.

I drove up Mauna Kea in a mustang without any issues.
But if you want to drive the road to the ocean, drive into waipio, drive to hidden volcanicly heater waler holes, drive to green sands beach, etc, etc you need 4WD.

Reasonable minds can disagree but I stand by my posting.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #96 on: October 29, 2013, 02:12:12 PM »
And I couldn't disagree more.  Unless you have no interest in any of those things I mentioned which all actually do require 4WD.

And if you're not interested in those things pretty much any car can make it up Mauna Kea.  Though the government would prefer you use 4WD up MK so that you don't ruin their road.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #97 on: October 29, 2013, 02:13:05 PM »
Dan I couldn't find your trip notes on the big island
Can you post a link here?

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« Reply #98 on: October 29, 2013, 02:14:10 PM »
Dan I couldn't find your trip notes on the big island
Can you post a link here?
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=27424
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #99 on: October 29, 2013, 02:18:33 PM »
Thanks :-)
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« Reply #100 on: October 29, 2013, 02:22:32 PM »
We booked something from VRBO
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #101 on: October 29, 2013, 02:23:28 PM »
And I couldn't disagree more.  Unless you have no interest in any of those things I mentioned which all actually do require 4WD.

And if you're not interested in those things pretty much any car can make it up Mauna Kea.  Though the government would prefer you use 4WD up MK so that you don't ruin their road.

Other people disagree.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080627122715AA7DXms
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #102 on: October 29, 2013, 02:34:37 PM »
Other people disagree.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080627122715AA7DXms
I did it myself. 
And Hawaii Revealed has the same advice.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #103 on: October 29, 2013, 03:07:42 PM »
As I understand it, until the visitors center a regular car is fine for sure, and past it a 4WD is recommend but not technically necessary.

Also remember that during the winter months it's quite common to have quite a bit of snow up there, so a 4WD would definitely be a good idea then.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #104 on: October 29, 2013, 03:10:48 PM »
As I understand it, until the visitors center a regular car is fine for sure, and past it a 4WD is recommend but not technically necessary.

Also remember that during the winter months it's quite common to have quite a bit of snow up there, so a 4WD would definitely be a good idea then.
I was there in January 2009.  There was snow on the side of the road but not on the road.
The road was a bit washboardy though I'm not sure a 4WD would have solved that.
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