My Guide to Big Island

Discover the top things to do and places to eat near my Big Island property for your next vacation.
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Akaka Falls State Park

A short, paved loop walk with many stairs but a nice stream and two beautiful waterfalls (one very tall). One of the few places on the Big Island you are sure to see heliconia and protea flowers growing wild.

Rainbow Falls

Just west of Hilo, this is a spectacular waterfall when it has been raining. The falls feed into the Boiling Pots downriver, which churn and "boil" when there has been a heavy rainfall. Walk up the stairs that go above the falls and follow the trail through the banyan trees and through a cleft in the lava...

Hapuna Beach Park

A very popular beach with generally gentle waves. It's a bit of a drive north from Kailua Kona, but worth it if you want a quiet beach day.

Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park

This Hawaiian "City of Refuge" is inexpensive ($5.00 per car) and has good descriptions of the history and culture of the Big Island. The giant heiau (a sacred structure associated with religious observances) has enormously thick walls. You will often see green sea turtles at the small sandy beach...

Hilo Farmers Market

While open every day, this market is really great on Saturday. This is the place to purchase fresh flowers for your stay on the Big Island (usually $5.00 for a huge bunch). This is also the place to buy a large variety of fresh tropical fruits (papayas, mangos, pineapples, rambutan, durian, avocados,...

Waipio Valley Lookout

The lookout has an amazing view down the coast and to the valley below. The road down into the valley (although paved) is so steep that only four-wheel drive vehicles are allowed. At the bottom (if you enjoy a good workout or have a four-wheel drive vehicle) is a black sand beach (more gray than black,...

South Point

This is one of my favorite places on the Big Island. Although rental car companies discourage you from driving down to South Point, the road is paved to within about 1/8 mile of the end (the last few miles are not very well maintained pavement, so it can be a bit bumpy). When you get very near the end, the...