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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

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #225 on: May 04, 2014, 06:53:26 PM »
Your best bet is to transfer 12K UR to United, enough for two tickets

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #226 on: May 04, 2014, 07:25:09 PM »
United wants 6k miles pp for a 1 way flight from LIH to HNL.  Transfer 12k UR points to your United account and you'll be fine.
Your best bet is to transfer 12K UR to United, enough for two tickets

Thanks guys, this does seem like the best idea. Will do. Can't Wait!

I wish Aeroplan --> United was transferable or if I could only book this flight via Aeroplan website.

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« Reply #227 on: May 04, 2014, 07:33:42 PM »

Thanks guys, this does seem like the best idea. Will do. Can't Wait!

I wish Aeroplan --> United was transferable or if I could only book this flight via Aeroplan website.
bear in mind that the only direct flights are early morning

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #228 on: May 04, 2014, 07:38:35 PM »
bear in mind that the only direct flights are early morning
Yeah I see that, not gonna leave that early. Considering stopping off in Maui for 4.5 hr stopover before heading to Honolulu (same miles price).

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #229 on: May 13, 2014, 12:39:34 PM »
Just called Korean about partner availability to Hawaii.  CS representative I spoke with said they are not a partner with United - only Delta, Alaska and Hawaiian.   In either event, they also had no availability for F on Hawaiian.  So much for using Korean miles to fly to Hawaii, unless I am missing something.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #230 on: May 18, 2014, 09:31:05 AM »
Does anyone know if the costco in Kona has kosher bread/wraps? What about kosher dairy products (including chalav stam)? And do they carry their atlantic salmon there?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #231 on: May 18, 2014, 09:39:20 AM »
Does anyone know if the costco in Kona has kosher bread/wraps? What about kosher dairy products (including chalav stam)? And do they carry their atlantic salmon there?

You will be very hard pressed to find any bread with a hechser in Hawaii.  I was only able to find Thomas Brand English Muffins and that sort of stuff.  I did once find another brand (don't recall name) at a supermarket, but it was already beyond the expiration date.  Rabbi Chazanow was trying to convince a local Hawaiian brand to put a hechser on, but last I checked he was not successful.  Lets hope he succeeds in convincing them.  Perhaps if a bunch of folks write to the company, they will do it.

Island Naturals does have Rudy's Organic Breads, but they were frozen and I didn't feel like buying them.

I suggest buying a bunch of bread and bringing it along, if that is possible.  You can also buy rolls from Rabbi Chazanow, along with wraps and other food that he sells.

As far as dairy products go, you can find cholov stam cream cheese, yogurts and the like.

Not sure about salmon.  I do know that Costco carries (last I checked) kosher cornish hens.

This is as locals say, the "price of paradise."  They, however, refer to this because of the cost of food.

If anyone else has some additional information, I'd like to know as well.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #232 on: May 18, 2014, 10:08:02 AM »
You will be very hard pressed to find any bread with a hechser in Hawaii.  I was only able to find Thomas Brand English Muffins and that sort of stuff.  I did once find another brand (don't recall name) at a supermarket, but it was already beyond the expiration date.  Rabbi Chazanow was trying to convince a local Hawaiian brand to put a hechser on, but last I checked he was not successful.  Lets hope he succeeds in convincing them.  Perhaps if a bunch of folks write to the company, they will do it.

Island Naturals does have Rudy's Organic Breads, but they were frozen and I didn't feel like buying them.

I suggest buying a bunch of bread and bringing it along, if that is possible.  You can also buy rolls from Rabbi Chazanow, along with wraps and other food that he sells.

As far as dairy products go, you can find cholov stam cream cheese, yogurts and the like.

Not sure about salmon.  I do know that Costco carries (last I checked) kosher cornish hens.

This is as locals say, the "price of paradise."  They, however, refer to this because of the cost of food.

If anyone else has some additional information, I'd like to know as well.
When i was in kauaii, in 2012, costco had the kosher salmon.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #233 on: May 18, 2014, 10:21:50 AM »
When i was in kauaii, in 2012, costco had the kosher salmon.
They still do.
I think they have kosher bread also, never looked into it too closely though.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #234 on: May 18, 2014, 10:23:20 AM »
They still do.
I think they have kosher bread also, never looked into it too closely though.
I know that they have the frozen half baked la brea bread, that you can ask for.I do not recall seeing any other kosher bread.

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« Reply #235 on: May 18, 2014, 10:48:41 AM »
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« Reply #236 on: May 18, 2014, 11:07:59 AM »
http://jewishmaui.com/home/kosher-food-on-maui/
Guess i will have to look a bit more in depth, in a couple of months.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #237 on: June 27, 2014, 12:32:49 PM »
Thanks to the Dan and the recent DDS, I just got 5 United F tickets from HNL to EWR for $3339.55.  Tickets purchased used PRG (3x ppd) plus we will all earn 6,445 UA miles each.  Baby flying in F in his own seat.   :)
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« Reply #238 on: June 27, 2014, 12:39:06 PM »
Thanks to the Dan and the recent DDS, I just got 5 United F tickets from HNL to EWR for $3339.55.  Tickets purchased used PRG (3x ppd) plus we will all earn 6,445 UA miles each.  Baby flying in F in his own seat.   :)

nice can u please tell me how u did that ?

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nice can u please tell me how u did that ?

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