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Big Island, Hawaii

The Island of Hawaii is known colloquially as “Big Island.” This is a fitting nickname, for the Island is twice the combined size of its neighboring counterparts! Big Island flaunts its colors like the plumes of a peacock: fierce reds of magma from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park contrast spectacularly with the bright white snow of Maunakea, while the electric black sands of Punaluu Beach stream into the emerald green of Hamakua Coast’s rainforests.

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Most stores are open daily 9.30am - 9pm or later. Most bars and clubs close around 2am.
The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce
75-5737 Kuakini Highway
+1 808 329 1758

The Island of Island of Hawai'i

While Hawaii Island may be the youngest island in the archipelago, it retains its prominence as the first island to be touched by man. Coming in the form of Polynesian voyagers from the Marquesas Islands 1,500 years ago, they would become the first Hawaiians. Native Hawaiian temple ruins, royal grounds, fish ponds, sacred burial spots, and petroglyphs all remain as evidence of this early culture. And Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park also retains many areas and items of historical significance.

Throughout Hawaii’s era of discovery, Hawaii Island was divided among chiefdoms, leading to frequent skirmishes and contention between the factions. It was during this time that the last major religious “heiau” temple was built. In constructing a tribute to the war god Kukailimoku, King Kamehameha I hoped to bolster his efforts in uniting the Hawaiian Islands. He would go on to conquer the island and indeed unite the Kingdom. The temple is now the Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site in North Kohala, and there are also statues and dedications to the Great King Kamehameha around Hawaii Island.

Over the next centuries, Hawaii Island would be influenced by the influx of missionaries, along with a roaring sugar industry. Today’s Big Island continues as a cornerstone for the Hawaiian Islands’ beauty, culture, and eternal elegance.

Do & See in Island of Hawai'i

The Big Island is not only the largest island in Hawaii, it also has an active volcano to amaze visitors with an unparalleled view of the Earth in action. It is only one of the many natural and historical sites that enthuse visitors to the island annually.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
You have the unique opportunity to watch one of nature's most powerful, beautiful processes as the earth unfurls to release its magma from the volcanoes. As one of the most active volcanoes on the planet, Kilauea volcano is consistently one of Big Island's biggest attractions. Its reputation precedes it as a sacred place for Native Hawaiians as well.
Punaluu Black Sand Beach
Hawaii's black sands draw much of the attention for its beaches. Drawing its color from the volcanic activity, the Punaluu Black Sand Beach on southeastern Kau's coast is stunning. Hawaiian Green Sea turtles will bask in the sun beside you (please do not disturb them, however, as they are endangered and protected).
Two Step Snorkeling
Perfect for the beginner, Two Steps, a colloquial name for Honaunau Bay, is the marquee location for a jumping off point. There are plenty of sightseeing opportunities while exploring the sea, with coral, varied topography, and an abundance of ocean life.
Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor
Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor was named in honor of Kamehameha the Great’s “Law of the Splintered Paddle.” The storied footpath granted runners safe passage for centuries, and today the 10-mile Mamalahoa (paddle) Kona Heritage Corridor survives with stories of Hawaii's past and present. The immigrant influences of Europe, Asia, and the Americas are still evident, survived by historic architecture, shrines, coffee farms, art galleries, and Holualoa Village.
Kau Scenic Byway - The Slopes of Mauna Loa
The Kau Scenic Byway is a 54-mile loop of ancient Hawaiian history. Enjoy the wealth of natural wonders and the southernmost point of the United States. Long stretches of pristine, unrequited scenery makes for exceptional experiences along this byway. Stop at the Honuapo Overlook, and indulge in one of Hawaii’s most remarkable views. The byway also takes you to Punaluu Black Sand Beach, the 1000-year-old cave system of Kula Kai Caverns and gives you majestic vistas of Hawaii's lava fields.
Akaka Falls State Park
Akaka Falls State Park is nestled along the northeastern Hamakua Coast. The 2 mellifluous waterfalls are seen on only one short hike, while a pleasant 0.4-mile hike will take you through a lush rainforest of wild orchids, bamboo groves, and coquettish ferns. You'll pinch yourself to find this is all indeed real, especially with the 100-foot Kahuna Falls and the towering Akaka Falls, which plummets down 442-feet.
Hilo
Hilo is a region of Hawaii known for its dramatic waterfalls, fertile rainforests, blooming gardens, and its geographic inverse of the volcanic Kohala Coast. Hilo is also the gateway to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, located 45 minutes south. You'll find plenty to do with a collection of renowned museums, art galleries, unique shops, and everlasting favorites like the Hilo Farmers Market.

Dining in Island of Hawai'i

Big Island restaurants include small family friendly seafood spots and exquisite resort fine dining. No matter where you go, you will be greeted by the welcoming island attitude and delicious food you will find nowhere else on the planet.
Gramma's Kitchen (Honokaa)
Gramma's Kitchen is a family owned business that offers an all day breakfast menu and Portuguese inspired dishes. They are know for their fast and friendly service and fresh food. Stop by for a meal on your way to the Waipio lookout.
Bite Me Fishmarket Bar and Grill (Kailua-Kona)
Bite Me Fishmarket Bar and Grill gives guests the unique opportunity to watch as the fish come in fresh and get weighed, ensuring that your meal will be as fresh as the sea itself. They serve breakfast, and the dinner menu is served all day. Enjoy wine, domestic or imported, or Hawaiian beer to complement your meal.
Rays on the Bay (Kailua-Kona)
Rays on the Bay at Sheraton Kona is a sight in and of itself. With open-air seating that offers vistas of the Pacific and its spectacular sunsets, the restaurant is second to none. It is also the only dining venue on Big Island that was built on lava cliffs this close to the water. There's live music nightly from 6pm - 9pm, served alongside pupus, dinner, and a diverse rum bar.
Ocean Bar and Grill (Waimea)
Enjoy casual poolside dining at the Ocean Bar & Grill, which boasts front row seats to enjoy the spectacular sunsets over the Kohala Coast. Humpback whales can also be spotted off shore from November to April.
Sushi Rock (Hawi)
Winner of the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Sushi Rock is loved by all. Located in the relatively quiet town of Hawi, the restaurant booms with a variety of fare. Enjoy a selection of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, beef, soups and salads. There are cooked fish entrees, homemade desserts, and a full bar.
Honu's on the Beach Restaurant (Kailua-Kona)
Honu's on the Beach Restaurant was designated as the "Favorite Hotel Restaurant - Neighbor Island" by the Honolulu Advertiser in 2000 and 2001. The result of great food and a friendly atmosphere, their wins were also due to the unbeatable tableside views of Kamakahonu Bay and the Pacific.
Kamuela Provision Company (Waikoloa Village)
Kamuela Provision Company offers a twist on Hawaiian Regional Cuisine, serving favorites like charbroiled steaks and fresh seafood using local ingredients to ensure authenticity. Pair your meal with tropical cocktails or fine wines, and enjoy conversation while music from the contemporary guitar plays on their lanai. Reservations are recommended, and they suggest collared shirts for gentlemen.
Number 3 (Kohala Coast)
Located at the Mauna Kea Golf Course Clubhouse, Number 3 offers guests casual lunch and libations. Yummy fruit cocktails and smoothies, the grass-fed burger and classic crab Louis are favorites.

Cafés in Island of Hawai'i

100% pure Kona coffee is a rare commodity exclusively grown in north and south Kona. The high elevation, constant cloud coverage and rich volcanic soil from Hualalai Volcano in the upland slopes of Kona create an ideal coffee experience to cherish. As such, there are several coffee shops that are run by local roasters, as well as bakeries selling delights you will only find on the island.
Hawaiian Style Cafe (Waimea)
Hawaiian Style Cafe offers a Hawaiian breakfast menu in a diner atmosphere. Their banana macadamia nut pancakes are particularly popular with the guests. You can also enjoy a variety of lunch options, served as a regular or mini portion. Check out their website for daily specials.
Ka’u Coffee Mill
Although Ka’u Coffee Mill is a little off the beaten track, it has won the Hawaii Coffee Associations Certificate of Excellence for its coffee. You will be able to reach it if you travel towards the southernmost part of Big Island. Ka'u Coffee Mill offers coffee samples as well as farm and coffee tours.
Kona Coffee House & Cafe (Kailua-Kona)
Enjoy a fresh brewed cup and browse the shop for something to share with friends and family afterwards. Try the Lilikoi Bars, Portugese Sweet Bread French Toast, Berry Scones and Macadamia Tarts.
Evolution Bakery & Cafe (Kailua-Kona)
Evolution Bakery & Cafe features New York-style bagels, a fresh juice bar, acai meals, baked confections, gluten free and vegan items, and healthy gourmet sandwiches and crepes. Paint Your Own Pottery Cafe sessions are held Friday nights.
Punalu'u Bake Shop (Naalehu)
Punalu'u Bake Shop is the Southernmost bakery in the United States. They're home to the world-famous Punalu'u Sweetbread and serve great sandwiches, malasadas, ice cream, and more. Pick up some edible and collectible gifts on your way out.
Café Pesto (Hilo)
Café Pesto features fresh, local seafood, exotic pizzas, eclectic salads, and Asian inspired pastas and risottos. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for all guests.

Bars & Nightlife in Island of Hawai'i

Big Island has a sleepier, more laid-back vibe than other Hawaiian islands, but that doesn't mean that the nightlife is dead. The resorts host night-time activities and events to keep guests busy, and a handful of bustling bars can be found around the island. Art is also alive and vibrant in small playhouses and movie theaters, some of which screen indie and foreign films, and there is always live music somewhere. And of course, the local specialty is the luau, a chance for visitors to experience the music and dances of the island, accompanied by fine food and finer company.
Huggo's on the Rocks (Kailua-Kona)
With both dinner and Happy Hour, Huggo's beckons you to come relax after a day of exploration. Chill out in the cocktail lounge with handcrafted beverages and fine wine. Their Pupu menu is served at the bar.
Cronies Bar and Grill (Hilo)
A favourite among local sports fans, Cronie's is the perfect place to have a burger and a beer while watching the big game. The bar gets pretty packed at night, so be ready to deal with a crowd.
Uncle Robert’s Awa Club (Pahoa)
This compound, long-time property of the Keli'iho'omalu family, has recently become a hotspot for locals to shop, eat, drink, dance and socialize, making it a great place for visitors to experience local culture. Every Wednesday there is a night-market, where farmers, artists and entertainers gather to enjoy, among other things, the weekly live music.
Island Breeze Luau (Kailua-Kona)
Unlike so many shows geared toward tourists, Island Breeze Luau is more a genuine art performance by true artists who showcase the dancing traditions of Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti and New Zealand. The setting is magnificent, and the food is authentic and delicious.
Kahilu Theatre (Waimea)
This modest theatre hosts a variety of concerts and performances, from classical music and traditional ukulele concerts, to theatre, dance and conferences. Check their website for upcoming events and enjoy some of Big Island's top performance culture.
Aloha Theatre (Kealakekua)
This lively little community theatre hosts plays, concerts and even independent film nights. Another great place to catch a show by a local cast and crew and enjoy another side of Hawaii's performance art scene.
Sam's Hideaway (Kailua-Kona)
Locals flock to the dark and seedy little bar that is Sam's for two main reasons: karaoke and the lack of tourists. It is a great, understated place to have a drink and a good time and to have a moment on stage, while rubbing elbows with locals and foregoing the tourist-trap feeling of much of the island's nightlife.
Honokaa People's Theatre (Honokaa)
For a taste of cinema on Big Island pay a visit to this historic building from 1930, where you can catch a movie or one of the frequent special events hosted there. The theatre is very much in tune with the arts scene on the island, and it is a good place to find out about local happenings to be on the lookout for.

Shopping in Island of Hawai'i

The numerous Big Island resorts all offer interesting options, as do the villages and downtown Kona. Even the touristy spots can be exciting, but, if you dig a little deeper, you can find some coveted local favourites and have a much more rewarding shopping experience. Especially appealing is the artwork and houseware made from local materials, such as lava rock and milo wood, which can be found in boutiques and galleries across the island.
Prince Kuhio Plaza (Hilo)
As Big Island's only enclosed shopping center, Prince Kuhio Plaza offers 85 retail shops and eateries, a stadium seating 9-screen theater and over 200 community events, promotions, and family entertainment programs each year. Find familiar national brands, as well as local Hawaiian names.
Just Ukes (Kailua-Kona)
Musicians (aspiring and established) can find fine handcrafted ukuleles to suit all needs, from budget starter options to professional models made from the finest woods. Of course, the store also carries all kinds of accessories, from books and cases to t-shirts and memorabilia.
Keauhou Shopping Center (Kailua-Kona)
Keauhou Shopping Center is located on the birthplace and playground of Hawaii's great storied kings. Find stores for apparel, jewelry, gifts, beauty and specialty items. There are also special entertainment and educational programs that teach about Kona's heritage.
Bentley's Home & Garden Collection (Waimea)
Locally owned and operated, Bentley's Home & Garden Collection offers gifts and souvenirs for all. For over 24 years, Bentley's has become somewhat of a niche business in upcountry Waimea Town.
Hilo Farmers Market (Hilo)
On Wednesdays and Saturdays the open-air Hilo Farmers Market bustles with over 200 vendors selling their products. Local specialties, such as exotic flowers, tropical fruits and honey, are sold alongside market staples, like cheeses, fresh produce and freshly baked pastries. The rest of the week a smaller market of about 30 vendors can be found.
Parker Ranch Center (Waimea)
The Parker Ranch Center is anchored by the popular tourist attraction Parker Ranch Store and the historic Ikua Purdy statue. The Center has several Big Island product retailers, as well as the Fireside Food Court. Be sure to admire the 32 historic Paniolo murals depicting its cowboy heritage.
Sig Zane Designs (Hilo)
Sig Zane Designs is dedicated to perpetuating Hawaiian culture through the art of Sig Zane himself. Each of the plant designs depicted on the shirts and dresses are handcut to honor the culturally significant plants and symbols of Hawaii.
Basically Books (Hilo)
Probably the best-located bookstore in Hawaii, facing the beautiful Hilo Bay, Basically Books carries a great selection of Hawaiian music and an impressive array of maps. But books are the main focus at this family-owned independent store, and there is plenty of Hawaiiana literature to choose from.

Tourist Information for Island of Hawai'i

Best Time To Visit
The months from June to September are known for their warm weather and pleasant water temperatures. Rainfall is at its lowest during this time. If you are looking for more affordable flights and accommodation rates, you should visit Hawaii in September, October or November. Whale watching season also starts in November.
Passport/Visa
Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
Airports
Two airports serve Hawaii Island: Kona International Airport (KOA) in Kona in the west, and Hilo International Airport (ITO) in Hilo in the east.

KOA services major airlines, including Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, GO! Mokulele, Hawaiian Airlines, Island Air, United Airlines, US Airways and Westjet. KOA is accessible by car, taxi and shuttle, with The Hawaii County Mass Transit Agency Hele-On bus operating a limited service between the airport and Kailua-Kona town.

ITO services GO!, Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines. ITO is accessible by car and taxi without public transportation available.
Public Transport
The Hawaii County Mass Transit Agency provides public transportation around Big Island on the Hele-On bus. Additionally, the Transit Agency offers a Shared Ride Taxi program which provides door-to-door transportation within the urbanized area of Hilo.
Taxi
The following cab companies serve Big Island:

Kona Taxicab LLC, +1 808 324 4444

Global Rider, +1 808 631 9196

Dakine Taxi, +1 808 329 4446
Pharmacy
Malama Compounding Pharmacy
74-5563 Kaiwi Street Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm
+1 808 324 6888

Safeway Pharmacy
75-1027 Henry Street Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
Mon - Fri 8am - 8pm, Sat - Sun 9am - 5pm
+1 808 327 6778

KTA Super Stores Waikoloa Village Pharmacy
68-3916 Paniolo Avenue Waikoloa Village, Island of Hawaii
Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm, Sat 9.30am - 1.30pm
+1 808 883 8434
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