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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 257169 times)

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #940 on: December 11, 2022, 02:26:02 PM »
Im far from a photographer so ill stay away from posting pictures...
But we flew in for 30 hours from NY and i can say it was an amazing site to meditate on,
Standing 4 hours in middle of the night just taking in on whats happening just a few miles away in plain site
Also got to get up on  mauna kea
Ill share a few








The view as flew out of KOA



The view as we flew into KOA




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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #941 on: December 11, 2022, 03:25:57 PM »
Wow amazing!!! @Ell Eee now we need a full trip report!

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #942 on: January 19, 2023, 01:13:03 PM »
Kilauea volcano started erupting again.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #943 on: February 01, 2023, 03:19:46 AM »
Anyone visiting the island in near future and would like a grill (+ charcoal), let me know.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #944 on: February 02, 2023, 03:45:50 AM »
anyone have experience with having a speeding ticket reduced/vacated completely? got nabbed on saddle road.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #945 on: February 02, 2023, 09:37:16 AM »
anyone have experience with having a speeding ticket reduced/vacated completely? got nabbed on saddle road.
It could depend how much over the limit you were going.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #946 on: February 06, 2023, 04:18:40 PM »
It could depend how much over the limit you were going.

63 in the 40 zone

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #947 on: February 06, 2023, 04:55:15 PM »
63 in the 40 zone
Don't most states consider that reckless driving with different rules than under 20mph over?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #948 on: August 10, 2023, 12:59:49 PM »
Is there any danger to the main Big island from the recent fires?

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #949 on: August 10, 2023, 01:00:17 PM »
Is there any danger to the main island from the recent fires?
What is a main island?
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #950 on: August 10, 2023, 01:31:56 PM »
Is there any danger to the main Big island from the recent fires?
There are currently fires on Big Island and Oahu as well, although not as widespread/devastating as the ones on Maui.
(Note that summer is wildfire season in Hawaii, and brush fires are normal- the difference this year is Hurricane Dora which caused high winds that spread the fires out of control).

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Re: Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #951 on: September 10, 2023, 09:58:00 PM »
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