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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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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #120 on: December 10, 2013, 04:29:20 PM »
You already shared a lot of info with me previously, and I hope I thanked you. But if nothing was happening, then nothing was happening, right? I can't make the lava perform, can I?

You mean I didn't teach you the secret lava dance?  :O)  But yah - sorry - forgot I already shared info with you.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #121 on: December 10, 2013, 04:34:55 PM »
You mean I didn't teach you the secret lava dance?  :O)  But yah - sorry - forgot I already shared info with you.

You told me everything I needed to know except that :) And thanks, a lot of that info really enhanced my trip. Just too bad about the lava flows.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #122 on: December 10, 2013, 04:41:17 PM »
You told me everything I needed to know except that :) And thanks, a lot of that info really enhanced my trip. Just too bad about the lava flows.

Glad to be of help.  I'm going soon and can't wait.  5th time going and I still love it.  This time I'm doing a dolphin quest for the kids and we are planning a doors off helicopter trip over the volcano.  And, of course, I'm doing all my usual stuff as well.   :)
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #123 on: December 10, 2013, 04:48:59 PM »

This is what Mark Twain had to say about Hawai:

"The good that die experience no change, for they but fall asleep in one heaven and wake up in another".
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #124 on: December 10, 2013, 04:50:05 PM »
This is what Mark Twain had to say about Hawai:

"The good that die experience no change, for they but fall asleep in one heaven and wake up in another".

How about a DO on the Big Island sometime?  We can do some really kewl stuff together.   :)
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #125 on: December 10, 2013, 05:00:34 PM »
This is what Mark Twain had to say about Hawai:

"The good that die experience no change, for they but fall asleep in one heaven and wake up in another".
So when do you move?
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #126 on: December 10, 2013, 05:34:37 PM »
First I need to see if he was telling the truth. Never been there.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #127 on: December 10, 2013, 05:37:42 PM »
Rabbi Chazanow is one lucky guy.   :)
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« Reply #128 on: December 10, 2013, 05:44:09 PM »
1000% truth
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #129 on: December 10, 2013, 05:48:06 PM »
Rabbi Chazanow is one lucky guy.   :)

Is that the shliach there?
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #130 on: December 10, 2013, 05:57:07 PM »
Is that the shliach there?

Yes.  He has a Chabad house in Kona.  He had a kosher falafel joint for a while but that closed down.  Hopefully he will be able to reopen some type of kosher restaurant again.  I was disappointed in that he opened the falafal joint after we had left following one vacation and it had already closed down before the next time we were back (less than a year).
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #131 on: December 10, 2013, 06:15:10 PM »

1000% truth
Can't wait for school to finally end. I want to go there already.
Ugh.
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« Reply #132 on: December 10, 2013, 06:18:41 PM »
Yes.  He has a Chabad house in Kona.  He had a kosher falafel joint for a while but that closed down.  Hopefully he will be able to reopen some type of kosher restaurant again.  I was disappointed in that he opened the falafal joint after we had left following one vacation and it had already closed down before the next time we were back (less than a year).
He writes on his website that he has a weekday menu.
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« Reply #133 on: December 10, 2013, 06:22:22 PM »
He writes on his website that he has a weekday menu.
http://jewishbigisland.org/?torrist=cras-luc-urnas-porta-6

It's nice to have this option but its not the same as popping in to a restaurant and ordering whatever you feel like whenever you feel like. 
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #134 on: December 17, 2013, 12:20:08 PM »
There is a way to stay in Volcano National Park at the military "hotel". I was wondering if anyone ever did this, and if you think it is worth it= for the experience of being there. Is it hard to breathe around the volcano's?

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« Reply #135 on: December 17, 2013, 12:37:43 PM »
There is a way to stay in Volcano National Park at the military "hotel". I was wondering if anyone ever did this, and if you think it is worth it= for the experience of being there. Is it hard to breathe around the volcano's?

Don't know anything about the military hotel but I assume that it is only for service members.  As for breathing around the park, I have been there 4x and have never had any problems.  If the conditions are really bad, they will restrict access and/or close off portions of the park.  Is there a medical issue that you are concerned will hinder your ability to breathe such as asthma?
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« Reply #136 on: December 18, 2013, 11:39:38 AM »
not asthma, just have a little trouble breathing when heat gets turned on , and it's too dry, or around people who are smoking. You can stay at the military hotel if you get "invited" by a serviceman or retired serviceman

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #137 on: December 22, 2013, 06:54:13 PM »
I realize that this might be a bit off topic but has anyone loaded BB at the Hilo or Kona WM either at the ATM or at the cashier?

Thanks.
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« Reply #138 on: December 22, 2013, 07:06:19 PM »
My friend - you have so much to learn.  PM me for more info.

This is precisely why I stayed in volcano house.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #139 on: December 29, 2013, 05:38:26 PM »
i am going to be on the big island for 3 days (mon, tue, wed).  I am debating if I should fly in and out of Hilo or should I fly into hilo do VNP and then drive over the kona side and partake in the activities over there?

Last time we did that, we spent 2 days on the big island did the macadamian nut tour and the heli ride the first day and vnp and drove along the coast the second day.  This time we have 3 kids in tow so the helicopter ride would be too expensive so we want to do other stuff instead.  Maybe a whale tour or something.