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Big Island (Hawaii) Recommendations

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Big Island (Hawaii) Recommendations

We are spending 9 days there next month...7 days near Kona at the Hilton Waikoloa Village (timeshare part) and 2 days in Hilo to see Volcano National Park.

Any recommendations of beaches/sights to see?

Any restaurant recommendations?


Posted 7/24/11 8:43 PM
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Re: Big Island (Hawaii) Recommendations

There is a cute and small winery near the volcano. They have really unique wines. You can just stop in for a tasting and to get some souvenirs.

We were only there a short time a long time ago so don't remember actual restaurants.

We also went to Kona brewery for lunch for DH.

I forget what it's called but there is a place filled with real tiki statues, it is next to a popular snorkel spot "two step". It was an outdoor museum type place and really neat to check out - it only takes an hour or two.

We had breakfast at this place called Coffee Shack - it was really good food and Unbelievable views - it hangs off a cliff, amazing.

Posted 7/24/11 9:48 PM

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Re: Big Island (Hawaii) Recommendations

I feel like there's a ton to do on the big island, and that I barely got to scratch the surface when I was there.

Volcano national park was gorgeous...just make sure you bring a cheap poncho in case it rains. You can also hike down into some of the craters, which I would have loved doing, but we were on a tour.

Kona brewing company was great, and really the only thing that I did in Kona.

you're going to have a great time!!

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Posted 7/25/11 7:58 AM


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Re: Big Island (Hawaii) Recommendations

Big Island was my FAVORITE!!! Actually I sent my recs to a friend just last month - see copy/paste below.


(ETA our pics from the trip. We stayed at the Hilton too, went to Big Island first so those will be all of the first pictures.)

Big Island:
#1 #1 #1 - if you guys are into hiking you MUST do the hike at Waipio Valley. It was unbelievable!!! The descent is at a 25% grade and goes 1000 feet down in just 1 mile so it's a pretty hefty hike - both up and down. But when you get there... sooooo worth it. There were wild horses, the most beautiful beach, a river - just incredible.
Kona side -
swimming with the dolphins: Hilton Waikoloa (we actually never did this - it was at our hotel though)
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park: amazing lava rock beach (walking, not swimming) with awesome turtles
Hilo side -
volcanos, of course
Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
Adorable gallery owned by a Jewish guy from Brooklyn (changed his last name - he's now Ira Ono lol!) - Volcano Garden Arts on Old Volcano Road.
Amazing Thai food at Thai Thai just down the road from Volcano Garden Arts (also on Old Volcano Road)

Message edited 7/26/2011 7:34:48 AM.

Posted 7/25/11 1:27 PM

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Re: Big Island (Hawaii) Recommendations

I took the Grand Circle Island tour. It was a great way to see the whole island in one day. (since that was all I had...I was there for work). But the guide said that a lot of people take this tour in the beginning of their trip and then go back to places they'd loved to spend more time at. They spend a lot of time at Volcano National have lunch at the top of Mt. Kileua. So amazing!!

Posted 7/25/11 7:35 PM

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