Hawaii (Big Island) Tourist Traps

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    Overpriced!!!
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    Entrance sign of the museum.
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Hawaii (Big Island) Tourist Traps

  • Jaggar Museum

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Tourist Traps

    Also a tiltmeter is on display in the museum providing real-time data about the volcanoes. Rapid increase in tilt can indicate that magma is accumulating at shallow levels within the volcano and is often a precursor to an eruption. Rapid decreases in tilt can indicate that magma is draining at shallow leaves within the volcano and moving into a...

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  • Volcano Winery

    Hawaii (Big Island) Tourist Traps

    I was a little disappointed with this visit. It's merely a storefront for a winery. You get no tour unfortunately. You do get to taste their different wines, which are made right on the grounds. This winery is located off the main road just past the KMC entrance. Browse the shop and "talk story" with the sales people, you will find they are eager...

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  • Gasoline = rare comodity

    This is the tip you’ll really have to remember, and I’m sure that once you’re back you’ll write one yourself. I already mentioned here that there’s only one way to explore the island – by car and cars as we know run on fuel, which can be overpriced or simply “extinct” on this island.There’s no problem finding a gas station by the airports or in...

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  • The Road to Mauna Loa: Could be Skipped

    On our last day at Volcanoes National Park, we decided to drive up to the end of the road on Mauna Loa, the world's most massive mountain. While the ride was pleasant enough, in the end it wasn't really worth the time. The road's end doesn't provide spectacular views and the scenary along the road is just okay. It seems like a cool thing to do when...

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  • Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory

    Not far from Hilo is the Mauna Loa nut factory. Easy to find and beautiful to drive to. You pass by thousands of Macadamia Nut trees before you reach the factory. Inside the gift shop, you can browse the wide selection of flavored nuts, drinks, clothes and jewelry. Outside, you can walk on a self-guided tour of the processing plant. See how nuts...

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  • Punalu'u Black Sand Beach - K. Lopa

    A rhyme we learned by a local:Me ka wai kaulana a'o Punalu'u Ka wai punapuna a'o Kauwila (With the famous spring of Punalu'u The fountaining spring of Kauwila) --"Punalu'u" by Geirge K. Lopa, 1922--

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  • Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park - Turtles...

    You're able to see two kinds of turtles on the beach. The Hawaiian "Honu", green sea turtle, can be regularly seen in the bay, feeding on limu growing in the shallows. In addition the "Honu'ea", or Hawksbill turtle, sometime enters the bay at night to crawl ashore and deposit eggs in the black sand.

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  • Punalu'u Black Sand Beach - Protected by...

    One of the most thrilling sights is spotting the endangered green sea turtle that makes its home here in Hawaii. They are calm, sweet creatures that are unafraid of humans. They are most happy to keep munching away in the green algae growing on the black lava rock.The turtles are protected by law, so touching or harassing them is punishable by...

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  • Punalu'u Black Sand Beach - "Diving...

    Panalu'u Black Sand Beach is one of the most picturesque beaches Hawaii has, with jet black sand and tall leaning coconut palms. The water can be a bit brisk, as this was a popular place for Hawaiians to get fresh water from the many springs that bubble up in the bay. They would swim out with their gourds, slowly turn them upside down over the...

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  • Punalu'u Black Sand Beach - Nature's...

    One of nature's rarest wonders stretches across the island of Hawaii's shores - The black sand beach of Punalu'u. This magnificent beach formed when lava from two of the world's most active volcanoes, Maunu Loa and Kilaue, spilled into the ocean and quickly cooled, breaking into minuscule pieces that now comprise the "sand". The black sand beach...

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  • Still looking for Nemo...

    Well, I give this a *qualified* tourist trap rating, really. ATLANTIS SUBMARINES (www.atlantisadventures.com) has facilities on Oahu, Maui, and here on Hawaii. I took the Waikiki submarine ride 10 years ago and thought that was the Living End. Very cool. You go 100 feet under the sea, glide around down there, the water is crystal clear, scads of...

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  • Time Shares!

    They are everywhere.....and some are hidden very well or disguised! These are the people who are trying to get you to invest in a time share before you leave Hawaii. Some will have traps such as cute or interesting animals to make you stop at their booth. We stopped to look at a cute little piggie who was wearing a lei and had his own little cute...

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  • Volcano Winery

    I was a little disappointed with this visit. It's merely a storefront for a winery. You get no tour unfortunately. You do get to taste their different wines, which are made right on the grounds. This winery is located off the main road just past the KMC entrance. Browse the shop and "talk story" with the sales people, you will find they are eager...

    more
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