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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:
« Last edited by cgr on February 24, 2022, 09:16:15 PM »

Author Topic: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread  (Read 229635 times)

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #920 on: October 28, 2021, 12:33:52 PM »
Did you take that photo?  Where exactly was it taken?
Yep. We parked at Keanakako'i Overlook and walked about 1 mile on the (closed) road to a lookout. Best views of the eruption right now. Most others you can only see the glow- this lookout lets you see the actual fountain and flow.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #921 on: November 28, 2022, 08:33:39 AM »
Mauna Loa has a new eruption that started last night

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #922 on: November 28, 2022, 09:06:04 AM »
Not interesting as of now, from a visiting perspective.

If it stays in the caldera it's not accessible. If it comes down the flanks it's extremely dangerous and access will be completely restricted.

Mauna Loa is completely different than Kiluea, Fagradalsfjall, etc.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #923 on: November 28, 2022, 12:32:40 PM »
Yep, not for visitors just interesting.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #924 on: November 28, 2022, 12:57:03 PM »
Not interesting as of now, from a visiting perspective.

If it stays in the caldera it's not accessible. If it comes down the flanks it's extremely dangerous and access will be completely restricted.

Mauna Loa is completely different than Kiluea, Fagradalsfjall, etc.
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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #925 on: Yesterday at 07:27:50 PM »
When you say not interesting please explain,  not worth going to see it while its in midst of an eruption ?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #926 on: Today at 06:43:30 AM »
The Chabad of the BI Rabbi and Rebbitzen have both posted some great photos to their WhatsApp statuses (with a person in one).  Not super close, but amazing nonetheless.
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« Reply #927 on: Today at 07:21:31 AM »
The Chabad of the BI Rabbi and Rebbitzen have both posted some great photos to their WhatsApp statuses (with a person in one).  Not super close, but amazing nonetheless.
Can you share them here?
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