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

Akaka Falls is about 16 miles north of Hilo and is definitely worth the hike. I would rate the hike moderately strenuous and there are are few stairs. This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls that you can actually get fairly close to.

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls is one of the easiest to get to and is a very easy walk - they call it the drive-up waterfall! It's right in Hilo off of Waianuenue Ave. If you can see it early in the morning, you have a better chance of seeing rainbows!

Hapuna Beach Park

Hapuna Beach is one of the best white sand beaches on the island - wide and long and great swimming area. It is on the "Kona side" of the island, so about 2 hours drive from here, it's a nice day trip.

Ken's House of Pancakes

A long standing tradition in Hilo, Ken's offers a wide variety of foods on its menu for reasonable prices.

Lili'uokalani Gardens

This is a gorgeous park on the bay in Hilo. You can walk the many paths, up and over scenic bridges, sit and meditate on the grass, or walk over the bridge to Coconut Isle. Bring your camera.

Kapoho Tide Pools

Some of the best snorkeling can be found on a sunny day here at the Waiopae tidepools of Kapoho. Off of Hiway 137 (the Red Road), take Kapoho Kai Road and park at the end. Walk through the jungle trail to the lava lined beach. You will see many different kinds of fish and colorful coral. It's like swimming...

Banyan Drive

Take a short ride around Banyan Drive, stop at Reed's Bay park - it has been newly renovated and is a great place to kayak or paddle board. Then head over to Liliokalani Park.