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Roast Master for a Day Private Lesson
"Start the tour with a stop at the visitor's center for Kona coffee and Hawaiian tea tasting. Enjoy free samples. See the Discovery Channel feature that takes you through the process of making coffee.  Go to the dry mill located by the visitor's center. Learn about hulling sizing grading and color sorting of the different grades of Kona coffee. Begin your roast master experience as you roast five pounds of green Kona coffee. Take home the coffee you roasted during the lesson."""Learn about the processing steps used to get the Kona coffee beans ready to roast. Roast and package Kona coffee during this 2-hour experience. Take home all of the coffee you roast to enjoy for yourself or share with friends and family. One price covers
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Organic Kona Coffee Farm and Mill Tour
"The tour starts at the Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation visitor center for Kona coffee and Hawaiian tea tasting. While enjoying the free samples we offer viewing of our Discovery Channel feature about Kona coffee. It was filmed at Mountain Thunder’s Kaloko cloud forest farm and mill with the famous Mike Rowe from the Dirty Jobs series. The show takes the visitor through all of the processes from wild ginger vanilla green tea & Mamaki tea plants to our coffee orchard. At the coffee orchard visitors learn how Kona coffee is grown. They are welcome to pick and taste the sweet red coffee fruit. They also can see the coffee flowers and maturing green fruit on the trees amongst an ancient Ohia rain forest with passion fruit vines abound. They c Saint Croix sheep
From $65.00
 
VIP Organic Kona Coffee Farm Mill and Roastery Tour
"The tour starts at the Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation visitor center for Kona coffee and Hawaiian tea tasting. While enjoying the free samples we offer viewing of our Discovery Channel feature about Kona coffee. It was filmed at Mountain Thunder’s Kaloko cloud forest farm and mill with the famous Mike Rowe from the Dirty Jobs series. The show takes the visitor through all of the processes from visitors learn how Kona coffee is grown. They are welcome to pick and taste the sweet red coffee fruit. They also can see the coffee flowers and maturing green fruit on the trees among an ancient Ohia rain forest with passion fruit vines abound. They can Saint Croix sheep Muscovy ducks white Chinese geese and Toulouse geese at the ocean view gazebo lookout. Also around the farm we have: wild parrots
From $135.00

Drive around the Big Island Tips (20)

We drove around every day

We drove around every day we were there .. went across the island to see water falls, botanical garden and volcano national park. Went snorkeling several places ... the best was 2 step ... went to see...
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chattygirl7491
Apr 23, 2016

Driving Rt. 19

We rented a car to take the drive along the scenic Rt. 19 . We stopped along the way to view some beautiful lava tubes flowing with water along on our way to Kaimana Caves, Akaka Falls and then on to...
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Gypsystravels
Jan 26, 2015

Road Trip

This is a BIG island! So, inevitably, you will be driving a lot. The towns are spread out and you should consider spending some time on various parts of the island. We stayed the majority of our trip...
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GracesTrips
Sep 02, 2014

Tree tunnels

One of the pleasures of driving around the Big Island are the numerous stretches of highway that are beautifully landscaped with deferent tree species to give the driver fairy-tale sensation and cool...
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Assenczo
Aug 28, 2013

Vista to TAke in

The irony is if you have a vehicle, you can travel all around the big island and stop to go into the ocean many places along the way to the north. In the north it gets more tropical and the road a bit...
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BruceDunning
Jun 16, 2009

Scenic Hamakua Drive

It is marked on most maps as a “4-mile scenic road”, but also known as a Hamakua Drive. The serpentine road carves its way through the rainforest foliage, rich with amazing banyan trees with its roots...
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Nathalie_B
Feb 21, 2009

Waipio Valley From Outlook & Valley Floor, HI

We went to the lookout here before going on our horseback ride in Waipio Valley. It was really cloudy when we went here but it did not rain thankfully. There were alot of people here so the rain did...
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syrin
Nov 21, 2008

White Sands Beach In South Kailua Kona, HI

This was a verry pretty beach. Not very big in size but it had nice turquoise waters however we were not able to stay becuase they were closing it right as we got there due to the hurricane coming....
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syrin
Nov 21, 2008

Laupahoehoe Point State Park,

This actually had stunning views of the cliffs, hillsides, lush tropical rainforest, the the blue waters against the black tall jagged rocks. It is a great place to have a picnic and just relax....
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syrin
Nov 21, 2008

Lava Tree State Park-Hilo

This was neat to see just due to the fact that these are actually trees or were trees. They look like mere statues or weird formed rocks at first glance but were formed hundreds of years ago. Fast...
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syrin
Nov 20, 2008

South Point Beach

South Point is the souther most part of the US. This has such beautiful waters and you can go to papalokea which is the green sand beach from here. If you hike the beaches and walk down far enough you...
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syrin
Nov 20, 2008

Drive to South Point

South Point on the Big Island is the southernmost point in the 50 United States. If you don't care about things like the southest, northest, eastes or westest, then you can stop reading now. But for...
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AKtravelers
Oct 17, 2007
 
 
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Things to Do Near Hawaii (Big Island)

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Beaches

The Big Island isn't the best island for pristine beaches but the snorkeling is great and I snorkeled every day I was there and very much intend to return and do the same. The best snorkeling spots...
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Waterfalls

We took a day to explore the other side. Our first trip to the island we spent the day on the other side with volcanos and walking to see lava . This time we explored botanical gardens and water fall...
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Chain of Craters Road

I drove all the way down to the end (where it was closed by a lava flow) of Chain of Craters Road and I got out and went to see the Holei Sea Arch. It was just a short walk but the surface was VERY...
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Hiking thru the rain forest

This is a short hike that brings you to the bottom of the Kilauea Iki Crater. You will descent via stairs (ccw) or path in to the crater (cw). This depends which way round you go. At the bottom follow...
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Manini beach

great snorkeling but it's super cold when you first enter ... natural springs. There are people ollfering kayak rental but it's illegal and if you get caught .. you will be the one the fine so do that...
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City of Refuge

This was a really neat place to see. It is an old religeous site that is called the place of refuge because in the old days if you broke sacred laws the chiefs would sentenced you to death. The only...
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