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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:
« Last edited by SSLPhD on July 14, 2018, 10:31:09 PM »

Author Topic: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread  (Read 163319 times)

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #615 on: August 02, 2016, 05:42:09 PM »
I'm friends with the owner of Paradise Helicopters. He is joining us in Kauai in January. He's a very special and fine person.
Does he offer discounts for DDF friends of yours?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #616 on: August 02, 2016, 05:59:53 PM »
Lol
What do you do after your dreams come true?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #617 on: August 02, 2016, 09:49:52 PM »
Any advice for those who aren't going to summit of Mauna Kea for sunset, anything to do nearby? Don't want to wait that long at visitors center but we all want to be there for stargazing after dark

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #618 on: August 03, 2016, 08:16:47 PM »
Do the different versions of the Hawaii revealed books make such a difference. I want to know if I need to buy the most updated one...

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #619 on: August 03, 2016, 08:22:37 PM »
Any advice for those who aren't going to summit of Mauna Kea for sunset, anything to do nearby? Don't want to wait that long at visitors center but we all want to be there for stargazing after dark
Why not go to the summit?
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #620 on: August 03, 2016, 08:24:03 PM »
Why not go to the summit?
Traveling with kids.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #621 on: August 04, 2016, 01:34:40 AM »
Traveling with kids.
So?

The stargazing at the visitor center is really boring ime

If you insist on doing it take along some instant noodle soup, it get really cold up there

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #622 on: August 04, 2016, 01:38:44 AM »
Just acclimate the kids before driving to the summit.
Amazing sunset from up there.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #623 on: August 04, 2016, 07:55:13 AM »
Kids from 2-12, anyone take young kids all the way up? I was going to send my two older ones and stay back with little ones.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #624 on: August 04, 2016, 10:40:12 AM »
From what I read I was under the impression kinds under 16 shouldn't go up.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #625 on: August 04, 2016, 11:04:18 AM »
My wife and I are going in November for 7 days with our 3 and 6 year-old children. Staying at  Hilton Waikoloa.

Is a heli the best way to see volcanos/lava?

Would also like to see green/black sand beaches, waterfalls, coffee or chocolate plantatians and charter a snorkeling and fishing trip.

Any suggestions on TBI would be great.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #626 on: August 04, 2016, 11:32:29 AM »
My wife and I are going in November for 7 days with our 3 and 6 year-old children. Staying at  Hilton Waikoloa.

Is a heli the best way to see volcanos/lava?

Would also like to see green/black sand beaches, waterfalls, coffee or chocolate plantatians and charter a snorkeling and fishing trip.

Any suggestions on TBI would be great.

With small kids Heli is the best way to see lava ASAIK.
Get the book. Read this thread. Come back with more specific questions.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #627 on: August 09, 2016, 09:41:00 AM »
Looking for comments/advice on our itinerary, any would be appreciated! Thanks. Staying in Captain Cook area, about 40 minutes South of Kona. We are a total of 10 people, from 2-62 years old. Planning to be up early every day, and we only go to beaches when noone is around.

Thursday - arrive and settle in for our 2 days shabbos (de'oraisa only on Friday)

Sunday:
Punalu'u Beach (if we can get out early enough to get there when noone is there yet)
VNP
Kaumauna Caves (if time)
Mauna Kea Sunset and Stars

Monday
Heli Tour (those who aren't going will go to Hilo Zoo)
Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls, Boiling Pots
Red Road Puna

Tuesday
Makalewena Beach
Waipi'o Valley (drive down)
Cave # 3
Coffee Farm Tour in Kona area (any suggestions?)

Wednesday
Snorkel Kealakekua Bay area
Pu'uhonua Honaunau
Pack up :( check out is at 11:00
Ali'i Drive, Kamakana Playground
Rent hotel room for showers and freshening up before 8:45 flight home

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #628 on: August 09, 2016, 09:50:31 AM »
Sunday schedule is ridiculous, you need at least two days to do that. VNP needs most of the day, plus you want to go to the Jaggar Museum overlook after dark. Mauna Kea is also hours and hours. And all that before considering the hours of driving from the Kona side to the Hilo side and back.

You should consider Honomalino Bay BTW, it's quite close to where you're staying. Lovely beach, other worldly snorkeling, and you'll most likely have the entire place to yourself. Note that it's a 20-minute hike from the parking area, but very easy.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #629 on: August 09, 2016, 09:53:04 AM »
Sunday schedule is ridiculous, you need at least two days to do that. VNP needs most of the day, plus you want to go to the Jaggar Museum overlook after dark. Mauna Kea is also hours and hours. And all that before considering the hours of driving from the Kona side to the Hilo side and back.

You should consider Honomalino Bay BTW, it's quite close to where you're staying. Lovely beach, other worldly snorkeling, and you'll most likely have the entire place to yourself. Note that it's a 20-minute hike from the parking area, but very easy.
Technically u can do jaggar early morning, no?
While its still dark. As per TR I'm reading, so I don't really know