Puako Travel Guide

  • Restaurants
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  • Waterfront dining at Brown's Restaurant
    Waterfront dining at Brown's Restaurant
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  • Photo opp in front of the lagoon
    Photo opp in front of the lagoon
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Puako Things to Do

  • Stray Cats

    This really isn't a "to do" but I thought I'd throw it in. I am a cat lover so it was nice to see them around. These cats are well fed if you look at them. None of them are skinny and impoverished. This particular one was laying in the lava rocks! I found it strange! Those rocks are deadly sharp and here's this cat just lounging in the sun lol.

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  • Holoholokai Park

    Holoholokai Beach Park isn't really a "beach". As explained in my intro, very few stretches along the coast are actual beaches. These are coastlines. The area has well kept grounds and is nice for an afternoon picnic or walk. There are several table/benches under the trees and beach paths.Take plenty of pictures during sunset!

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  • The Jackpot!

    This is the reason you've been walking this trail for the last half hour. You'll eventually reach the end and find this! A lava field of petroglyphs. The sign warns to NOT walk or take rubbings from these petros.Like I had mentioned before, no one really has a solid answer as to why these were created. Speculation comes out in the form of...

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  • Cave Exploration

    The caves along the trail are worth a look at especially if you need to rest your tootsies! If you opt to use a tour package, the guide may explain certain aspects of these little caves like bug habbitats. Personally, I wouldn't want to waste money using a tour guide in here. Everything is pretty self explanitory.

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  • Petroglyph Rubbings

    Some parts of the trail allow for rubbings. Use something that will not tear and ruin the rock while rubbing. The suggested items to use are charcoal, pastels, or magic marker pens on rice paper or some kind of cloth.DO NOT use paints, dye, or resin.

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  • Trail Hike

    The hike is approximately 3/4 of a mile or just over 1 kilometer one way. The trail itself is rocky and filled with low brush so be careful. You start off in the begining on the Malama Trail which extends the full distance. It starts off nicely with a paved walkway, then gravel, then lavarock and fine sand. If hate exercise but love history and...

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Puako Restaurants

  • Great seafood in a beautiful setting

    Brown's is a fantastic option for that romantic or special occasion dinner. The restaurant is located on the grounds of the Fairmont Orchid Hotel. The open air restaurant sits on a lawn that overlooks the hotel's lagoon. Feeling the breeze while listening to Nino (a Hawaiian super-sized local musician... see picture) and watching the sun set over...

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  • Good Food, Not So Great Hotel

    Really Good Restaurant, just not so good of a hotel. The Mauna Lani Hotel is starting to show it's age, but compared to the much better (accomadation wise Fairmont Orchid), the food at the Bar here is great. You will most likely be the only one there, but Gill the Bartender seems to be able to offer up some good suggestions. Believe it or not, the...

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  • Don't Miss the 3 Days of Sickness!

    In about 30 or so destinations worldwide that I have visited, this place has to be the worst that I have been to. I have been to the Tommy B in Naples, Sarasota Florida, Scottsdale AZ and have nothing but great experiences! Great Food, Good Atmosphere, So on, but what the Hell happened here? True this place has only been open for about 1 month, but...

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Puako Nightlife

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    by brewjohnson Written Feb 5, 2010

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    The Polo Bar is a classy scotch/night cap type of bar located at the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island. The bar has a a decor that honors the Hawaiian paniolos (aka, cowboys). Pool tables and board games are available for use. A lovely and classy spot to have a drink before or after dinner (which you're hopefully having at Brown's).

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    • Luxury Travel
    • Wine Tasting
    • Beer Tasting

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Puako Warnings and Dangers

  • Ocean Hazards/No Lifeguard

    The sign says it, no lifeguards on duty at this shoreline. The chart shows possible ocean hazards at any given time. There are certain seasons in which dangerous sea animals come in such as Portuguese man-o-war. If you have alergic reactions to these things, make sure you have your EpiPen on you!

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  • Do Not Disturb Ingravings

    There are some petroglyphs that are designated for rubbings and they are found at the begining of the trail. The trails along the pathways as well as at the end are strickly for viewing only. DO NOT under any circumstances break these rules. Aside from local superstition, if the authorities in charge happen to be in the area when you are...

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  • Low Branches and Rocky Trails

    Be very careful and watch where you're going. You've got to master looking up and down at the same time, making sure you don't run into a twig or trip over sharp and riggid rocks. If you're taking your kids with you, make sure they're not running around. I saw this one family with three energetic young boys just hopping all over the place and I...

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Puako What to Pack

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    by triplehelix Updated Apr 7, 2006

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable clothing is recommended. There are mosquitos so if you're sensitive, use long pants or bring bug repellent. Shoes is a must.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping is not allowed on these grounds but you are more than welcome to use the grills to cook out. It's not like they'll watch you or anything but you're not allowed to use your own grilling hibachi's. It's probably because its mobile and they're affraid you'll burn the trees down.

    Miscellaneous: *BRING WATER!! Or sports drinks. Gatoraid, Poweraid, Propel, ect...

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