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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 154527 times)

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2012, 09:28:30 PM »
No specific reason. But staying on the Kona side really added to the mood with so much open space.

I did less research before visiting the Big Island than the others but it was probably my favorite.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2012, 09:50:33 PM »
If you're adventurous I'd stay on the Hilo side, if you want sun and sand stay on the Kona side.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2012, 09:28:20 AM »
If you're adventurous I'd stay on the Hilo side, if you want sun and sand stay on the Kona side.

Perhaps correct. However, as my wife and I are discussing vacation plans for the fall - I keep coming back to the Big Island. Really love that place. I am going with the idea that you cannot go wrong no matter where you stay.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2012, 01:01:09 PM »
does anyone know of a apt/condo/house/hotel near chabad that we can stay by for shabbos?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2012, 01:03:35 PM »
Why don't you contact the shliach?
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #20 on: June 21, 2012, 01:10:30 AM »
still waiting on an answer. googlemaps says all the hotels are about an hour walk away. looking for a metziah house/condo/apt that people have gone to

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #21 on: June 21, 2012, 01:11:27 AM »
Try calling?
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #22 on: July 11, 2012, 10:42:00 PM »
Dan,

The wife and I are planning our HI trip and will be spending two night in Kona.  We'd like to stay at the Courtyard by Marriot in Kona which is just a few steps away from Falafel in Paradise.  Everywhere else (Hilo, Maui) we'll be staying in homes from VRBO, Airbnb, etc.

The price that I got quote from the courtyard in Kona for two nights is 283.75 all in.  Can you think of a way to either bring that price down or to get upgrades even though we aren't Marriott Rewards members or frequent travelers....

Thanks for your advice!


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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #23 on: July 11, 2012, 11:12:42 PM »
Dates?
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Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel:  8/19-8/21

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Big Island Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #25 on: November 23, 2012, 01:23:05 PM »
I didnt see a specific thread for this Island yet. So....

I am going next July for 3 days. It will be a boys trip leaving from LA. I booked tickets on BA 25,000 Avios and will be staying at the Fairmont Orchid. I am confirmed in the Ocean Front suite for $272/nt using suite upgrades.

Has anyone stayed there? What are the must do's?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #27 on: February 25, 2013, 03:48:07 AM »
leaving tomorrow iy"h to the big island flying into hilo. - ill be landing at around 3pm and ill have 3.5 hours till sunset and then a full next day to tour and drive to kona for the return flight.

so far my plan is to go to the volcano national park and spend time there and then at night go to mauna kea . tuesday morning to drive along the north /west side of island to kona and go to captain cook and pololu valley lookout.

i really want to go to green sand beach and south point. but im wondering how to schedule it and see if its worth the long drive - cuz ill be driving a lot.
also im wondering how dangerous the drive up to mauna kea is at night?

if anyone can assist me with some advice that would be appreciated.

 


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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #28 on: February 25, 2013, 08:33:07 AM »
Bad plan IMHO.

Are you renting a 4x4?

If you have a 4x4 I'd go offroading and go for a dip into some isolated volcanically heated hot springs on the Hilo side followed by viewing the current flow at Kalapana (though recently some people have said you can't get too close unless you take a helicopter ride).

Tomorrow I'd go to Volcano Natl park.  You can play it quick there and also get in the green sand beach/south point/road to ocean or to Waipio Valley or you can take it easy and stay in the park on the spectacular devastation trail hike.  Top the day off with sunset at Mauna Kea (625pm and allow quite some time to make it to the top, ideally you should get out an adjust at the ranger station rather than drive straight up 15K feet).
Then haul @#$ to KOA to catch your flight.

Best of luck.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #29 on: February 25, 2013, 12:57:59 PM »
Bad plan IMHO.

Are you renting a 4x4?

If you have a 4x4 I'd go offroading and go for a dip into some isolated volcanically heated hot springs on the Hilo side followed by viewing the current flow at Kalapana (though recently some people have said you can't get too close unless you take a helicopter ride).

Tomorrow I'd go to Volcano Natl park.  You can play it quick there and also get in the green sand beach/south point/road to ocean or to Waipio Valley or you can take it easy and stay in the park on the spectacular devastation trail hike.  Top the day off with sunset at Mauna Kea (625pm and allow quite some time to make it to the top, ideally you should get out an adjust at the ranger station rather than drive straight up 15K feet).
Then haul @#$ to KOA to catch your flight.

Best of luck.
i reserved a premium, so i hope theyll give me something good - ill ask for a wrangler i guess.

your plan sounds good, but the one issue is that my flight leaves KOA at 10:20pm and to go for sunset at mauna kea would be kinda tight because it looks like 2.5 hour drive. - and i have luggage to check in
also where are these lava springs you speak about? will i find them randomly or its a certain place?

isnt waipio valley on the other end of island (accross south point)? if i were to choose wither of the 2 which would you recommend - i mean just the drive from south to mauna kea says 3.5 hours!!

maybe ill go to mauna kea tonight and then tommorow go to the park and keep going down (instead of north) and around to south and on to kona for flight