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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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Author Topic: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread  (Read 212620 times)

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #400 on: June 18, 2015, 02:59:14 PM »
Can't imagine it'd take more than 8 hours to do everything in the valley.
I love the greenery though, and staying the night could be fun.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #401 on: June 18, 2015, 03:00:34 PM »
I love the greenery though, and staying the night could be fun.

BBQ and hanging out on the beach at night would probably be awesome.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #402 on: June 18, 2015, 03:01:34 PM »
If you love greenery you're on the wrong island.
Either way, I wouldn't feel comfortable sleeping down there with the family.  Lot of crazies there and at least when I was there, no cell service.

Also beware of flash flooding. Buddy of mine had to get rescued by helicopter.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #403 on: June 18, 2015, 03:06:06 PM »
I would kill to see sunrise from there.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #404 on: June 19, 2015, 01:27:28 AM »
If you love greenery you're on the wrong island.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #406 on: July 16, 2015, 08:16:04 AM »
Any recommondations for lodging in Waipio valley that won't break the bank?
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2023504?checkin=07%2F21%2F2015&checkout=07%2F22%2F2015&guests=2&s=KDaK

I'm tempted to hike in, sleep there, and then hike (or hitch) out the following morning.
Does anyone know if the shuttle service will let me book a one way trip?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #407 on: July 16, 2015, 09:10:40 AM »
is there still the falafel place on the big island?
how far away is it from kona airport?
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #408 on: July 16, 2015, 11:32:45 AM »
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2023504?checkin=07%2F21%2F2015&checkout=07%2F22%2F2015&guests=2&s=KDaK

I'm tempted to hike in, sleep there, and then hike (or hitch) out the following morning.
Does anyone know if the shuttle service will let me book a one way trip?

http://www.vrbo.com/149612
 This is the place I stayed. Think it was like 45 mins away- Awesome house

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #409 on: July 16, 2015, 11:37:38 AM »
is there still the falafel place on the big island?
how far away is it from kona airport?
I believe so, but ask the shliach.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #410 on: July 16, 2015, 11:39:24 AM »
also how much time do you need at each airport in Hawaii?
ill be in hnl for 8 days.
but I wanted to do 2 extra islands just to see them (I know you really need 4 days in each island.
if I go to the kona for 7 hrs and maui for 5 hrs.
is there stuff that to do that will make it worth it?
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #411 on: July 16, 2015, 11:45:49 AM »
if I go to the kona for 7 hrs and maui for 5 hrs.
You know generally when people here say they went to OGG or LIH they don't actually mean they only went to the airport, they're using the airport code to refer to the whole island :)

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #412 on: July 16, 2015, 11:46:34 AM »
http://www.vrbo.com/149612
 This is the place I stayed. Think it was like 45 mins away- Awesome house
Looks stunning, but the 'cleaning fee' is 100, almost the cost of the base rental.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #413 on: July 16, 2015, 11:48:48 AM »
also how much time do you need at each airport in Hawaii?
ill be in hnl for 8 days.
but I wanted to do 2 extra islands just to see them (I know you really need 4 days in each island.
if I go to the kona for 7 hrs and maui for 5 hrs.
is there stuff that to do that will make it worth it?
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #414 on: July 16, 2015, 11:59:59 AM »
is there still the falafel place on the big island?
how far away is it from kona airport?

Last I heard it was open for lunch only.
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« Reply #415 on: July 16, 2015, 12:01:38 PM »
WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT??!!

what does that mean?
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #416 on: July 16, 2015, 12:52:15 PM »
He means, why are you staying in HNL for 7 days. And what do you possibly think you can gain by going to Maui for 5 hours?
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« Reply #417 on: July 16, 2015, 01:00:59 PM »
its just easier to be there for Shabbos both weeks.
plus it worked out with hotels
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #418 on: July 16, 2015, 01:02:39 PM »
its just easier to be there for Shabbos both weeks.
plus it worked out with hotels
That's all fine and dandy, but why not just go to Miami?
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #419 on: July 16, 2015, 01:04:19 PM »
That's all fine and dandy, but why not just go to Miami?

Miami doesn't have the beauty of Hawaii.
there is more then just wakiki beach
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