Hawaii (Big Island) Travel Guide

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    Dragonfruit and mangoes
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    Road blocked by lava from helicopter
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Hawaii (Big Island) Highlights

  • Pro
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    RickinDutch says…

     Lots to do and see! 

  • Con
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    FRONA says…

     bit isolated! 

  • In a nutshell
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    AKtravelers says…

     The antithesis of Waikiki 

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Kailua-Kona

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358,813,61

Hilo

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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191,516,4

Pahoa

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23,26,17

Wailea

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3,5,15

Anaehoomalu

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4,11,3

Waipio

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12,42,0

Kalaoa

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Captain Cook

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18,40,19

Puako

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17,45,2

Volcano

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39,94,35

Pahala

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1,0,1

Holualoa

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6,11,6

Waimea

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19,48,4

Honaunau

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3,19,8

Honokaa

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3,8,8

Honolulu Landing

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Papaikou

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3,7,1

Kalapana

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0,3,0

Kawaihae

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Keamuku

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Kiholo

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Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

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Waiohinu

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Kailua-Kona

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Hilo

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  • Waterfalls

    Hilo Things to Do

    I had previously visited Rainbow Falls during a trip to the Big Island many years ago. In 2013, my wife and I visited Hilo and took a local tour which brought us to Rainbow Falls. Rainbow Falls is a large waterfall; about 80 feet high and 100 feet in diameter. The name Rainbow Falls comes from the Hawaiian word for the falls which is Waiânuenue ;...

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  • Arnott's Lodge

    Hilo Hotels

    We stayed at Arnott's Lodge since there really isn't much in the way of lodging in Hilo, but we were...

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  • Flipside too and Mina's

    Hilo Nightlife

    My favourite pool/biker/drag queen bar. Never found anywhere like it on Earth. I was there in August 2004 and April 2008, when it was just about to be demolished to make way for a car park at Hilo market. Progress... bollocks. Sorry to see you go, and sorry I wasn't there for the last-night party.

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Pahoa

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  • superb Italian food

    Pahoa Restaurants

    Paulo cooks like a dream and his homemade dishes are wonderful. The best Italian food is here.From the soup to the desserts everything is homemade.On 3 different trips to Hawaii we always make sure to eat here several times per week.Buy your wine, order your food and relax .A true chef serving the best food in town. soup, ravioli, and bread...

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  • Kalani Oceanside Retreat

    Pahoa Hotels

    Rural Route 2, Box 4500, Pahoa, Hawaii, 96778, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Great Italian

    Pahoa Restaurants

    A small intimate restaurant with great Italian food. The restaurant is an old house on the main street of Pahoa. The food is local and fresh, the staff are very friendly and the chef is Italian. They do not have a liqor license, but that's not a problem, you simply buy your favourite wine at the local grocery store and show up at the...

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Anaehoomalu

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  • Goats!

    Anaehoomalu Off The Beaten Path

    This isn't really an activity or anything but I had no idea where to put this tip. From time to time, you'll get a shock by seeing goats on the side of the road. It's no apparition you're seeing. The goats live in the rocky and dry North Kona/South Kohala land area. On my way home from work, I took a differen't route and came upon a family of goats...

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  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

    Anaehoomalu Hotels

    62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Kamuela, Hawaii, 96743, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Helicopter Tours

    Anaehoomalu Things to Do

    If you're a budget traveler, this is worth the little splurge. Prices range from around $200 to 400+ depending on where you want to go. Blue Hawaii offers tours on 6 of the 8 major Hawaiian islands. Waikoloa is the best known heliport as they cover a vast area.However, it is much cheaper to use the Hilo heliport to fly over the volcano at a rate of...

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Waipio

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  • Waipi‘o Valley and Hi‘ilawe Falls

    Waipio Off The Beaten Path

    One of the highest (1,500+ feet/460 meters) waterfalls in all of the State of Hawai`i goes unseen by most visitors. Hi‘ilawe (hee-ee-lah-vey) Falls is in the Waipi‘o (why-pee-oh) Valley which is on the north shore of the Big Island. Why do so few people see it? You either need to have rented a 4WD SUV so that you can drive down into the valley or...

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  • Excellent Korean BBQ in Waimea

    Waipio Restaurants

    In Waimea behind McDonald, you will find an excellent Korean BBQ house, Young's Kalbi. This place is run by Korean family with traditional recipe. Serve excellent Korean beef, pork and chicken BBQ dish with tons of side dishes, and other authentic Korean food. I have tasted Korean BBQ in Seoul and Los Angeles which has the best one outside of...

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  • Excellent Korean BBQ in Waimea

    Waipio Restaurants

    In Waimea behind McDonald, you will find an excellent Korean BBQ house, Young's Kalbi. This place is run by Korean family with traditional recipe. Serve excellent Korean beef, pork and chicken BBQ dish with tons of side dishes, and other authentic Korean food. I have tasted Korean BBQ in Seoul and Los Angeles which has the best one outside of...

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Captain Cook

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Puako

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  • Great seafood in a beautiful setting

    Puako Restaurants

    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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  • The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

    Puako Hotels

    A wonderful hotel. Beautiful rooms and grounds. Excellent staff. You can snorkel with sea turtles...

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  • Classy spot for a night cap on the Big...

    Puako Nightlife

    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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Volcano

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Holualoa

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  • Neighborbood cafe up in the hills

    Holualoa Restaurants

    Up the hill from the resort community of Kailua-Kona, the little artists' community of Holualoa is a throwback to an earlier Hawaii. This little coffee shop is one of my favorite Hawaiian places, refreshingly small-scaled and counter-cultural. Yes, there is a Starbucks in Kona if you really want it. This is not Starbucks.I came here by myself one...

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  • Lilikoi Inn

    Holualoa Hotels

    75-5339C, Mamalahoa Hwy., Holualoa, Hawaii, 96725, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • An exceptional experience

    Holualoa Restaurants

    I put my full review of the Holuakoa Cafe under my Kona page because I thought that more people would be looking there. Please see my full review of the Holuakoa Cafe. To give the quick rundown: this restaurant alone is worth making the trip to the charming little artsy town of Holualoa. Super peaceful, elegant gardens and restaurant. This is a...

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Waimea

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  • Fine dining in Cattle Country

    Waimea Restaurants

    When I was on the Big Island in 2005, my friends had their wedding rehearsal dinner here. We didn't get a chance to order off the menu, but looking around I could tell that this would be an excellent choice if you're looking for fine dining while on the northern side of the Big Island. This is an owner operated restaurant, and the chef prefers to...

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  • Kokee Lodge

    Waimea Hotels

    Box 819, Kokee State Park, Mile Marker 15, Waimea, Hawaii, 96796, United States

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Couples

  • Three for the price of one

    Waimea Things to Do

    Just outside of town on the road towards the coast there is a spot where all the three big mountains of Hawaii (left to right) - Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Haulalai are visible, provided the weather cooperates.

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Honaunau

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  • Amazing food in the middle of nowhere

    Honaunau Restaurants

    Just like you'd find in Italy. Excellent chef and fresh food, fascinating menu. Small, young family (husband is Chef and wife is greeter and their small child is often somewhere) run and we feel oh so lucky to have this restauant within 15 minutes of our house. I love the Baked Polenta--every thing- even the house lasagne is made with fresh pasta...

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  • Dragonfly Ranch - Healing Arts Center

    Honaunau Hotels

    P.O. Box 675, 19 miles south of Kailua-Kona on Hwy. 160, Honaunau, Hawaii, 96726, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Lava Tube near Pu`uhonua `o Honaunau

    Honaunau Off The Beaten Path

    On the Big IslandOn the west side of the island just south of Pu`uhonua `o Honaunau, you will find this lava tube. It's just south of the park along the coastal trail. What's a lava tube, you ask? As large lava rivers flow across the ground, the outer portion cools and hardens. On larger, high volume flows, this 'shell' insulates the molten lava...

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    Jun 8, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Stayed in Kona, Kona Reef Condo (Ocean Front) little over 50ft from the ocean. Love it! Just love Hawaii, Maui and Kauai! Fun thing's to do Captain Zodiac Snorkel to Captain Cook's Momunment and down the coast of Kona! You will see dolphin's , Humpback Whale's, pilot whale's hear history and legend's! Tour was called (Beat the Crowd) less snorkels from others boat's go at this time! Thank's to Captain Ken and Assitant (sorry if got wrong names) went on April 15th 2013! Snorkel a place called 2 step south of Cook monument, because dolphin's come in this Bay! I've been surround by dolphin's one time, over fifty! When in Hawaii take a Map, thing's are not mark well! Missed thing's you drive right by them! Tropical Bontical Rain Forest about 9 mile's north of Hilo accidently found it! Wow! Hour and half there! Worth it! Rent a Car best way to see every thing! Much more! Enjoy! Kauai Nani(beautiful) place and Maui fun place! Aloha and Mahalo!

Hawaii (Big Island)

Known for its 8 pristine islands and for being a staple destination among tropical resorts, a Hawaii vacation is something everyone ought to pamper themselves with at some point. You can visit the Lolani Palace in Honolulu, marvel at the active Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island, take a helicopter tour over Kauai, relax on a whale-watching catamaran cruise, snorkel off the island of Molokini, and shop in Waikiki. So pick from one of the many beautiful Hawaii hotels, unpack your bags, and enjoy!