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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Kilauea Volcano

Miles and miles of hiking trails and a very informative museum & visitors center. The Hawaiian petroglyphs and the crater's glow are must sees! Since it's a National Park the entrance fee is very affordable ($10/car I think). Active Duty Military: Admission is FREE for active duty military with a...

Skyline Eco Adventures - Akaka Falls

Awesome! A seven line course with great photo ops (especially on zip # 3 and # zip # 7). The guides are funny and have great Aloha spirit. The course is located on something like 300 acres of farmland, so you walk and zip past all sorts of tropical plants and crops - the guides are really informative so ask...

Cowboys of Hawaii LLC

When you link to the main page (Mother Company Cowboys of Hawaii) the address comes up as Waimea (42 miles away) but the new location is in Onomea (6-8 miles south of our VRBO on the way to Hilo) - look for signs that say "Hamakua Adventures." It's right off highway 19 / Hawaii Belt Road - very easy to find!...

Waipio Valley Lookout

The lookout spot is a great photo op. Also, the charming little town of Honoka'a is a great place to stop for lunch or check out antique shops. You need a 4 wheel drive vehicle to drive down to the beautiful beach due to the grade of the road. You can also hike down (it's only 1.5 miles each way) but it's...

Kolekole Beach Park

Walking distance from our VRBO property. A perfect place for a bon fire or to watch the surf. It's a small beach park, but it has BBQ pits, picnic benches and a well maintained grassy area for playing sports. It also has a small waterfall that feeds into Kolokole stream right before merging with the...

Hilo Farmers Market

Fun experience and a great place to get fresh fruit, veggies and all sorts of local goodies. Wednesdays and Saturdays are the big market days, but all the days have some stuff.

Coconut Island Park

A small island accessible by walking bridge from parking lot. It has a few small sandy areas to lay out and a central grassy field to play volleyball and picnic benches to eat lunch. Kids love to jump off the rock ruins.