Big Island – Things To Do and Places To Go



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Akatsuka Orchid Gardens – For a truly special gift or souvenir from the Islands, consider a live orchid from Akatsuka Orchid Gardens.

Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden – Nature lovers visiting the Big Island’s Kona side will love the Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden.

Anna Ranch Heritage Center – Set among rolling green pastures in Waimea/Kamuela, the Anna Ranch Heritage Center is the former home of the fascinating Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske and on the National Register of Historic Places.

Big Island Candies – Taste some of Hawaii’s favorite treats at Big Island Candies, in Hilo. Big Island Candies is famous for its shortbread cookies, brownies, chocolates, coffees and more, including goodies totally unique to the Islands such as chocolate-dipped mochi balls and li hing mui cookies

Dolphin Quest – Ever wished to play with real dolphins? Dolphin Quest makes this dream come true safely and for all ages.

Hawaii Loa Luau – An evening at the Fairmont Orchid enjoying the elegance and beauty of Hawaiian tradition on the land areas known as Kalahuipuaʻa.

Greenwell Farms, Inc. –  Located in the heart of coffee country on the Kona Coast, Greenwell Farms, Inc. delivers the finest 100% Kona coffee anywhere.

Haleo Luau – HALEO LUAU, the Voice of Life, celebrates the history of the ahupua‘a (land division) called Keauhou. It tells of the birth of Kauikeaouli who became Kamehameha III, surfing stories of He’eia Bay, the battle of Kuamo’o and how Kamehameha III bridged the gap of many ancient traditions as he brought the people of his kingdom into a new era.

Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company –  Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company has been creating mouth-watering flavored macadamia nuts since 1998, including the original wasabi, and yes, spam flavored macadamia nuts.  Stop in for a guided tour, shop for gifts, enjoy free samples

Hulihee Palace – Located in Kailua-Kona and on the National Register of Historic Places, Hulihee Palace was once the vacation residence of Hawaiian royalty.

Imiloa Astronomy Center – A must-visit destination for the entire family, Imiloa Astronomy Center features artful and educational presentations on culture and science through topics such as astronomy, biology, Hawaiian voyaging and the volcano Mauna Kea.

Island Breeze Luau – Held on the historic grounds of King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, Island Breeze Luau is Big Island favorite.

Kona Historical Society – Step back into history with programs by the esteemed Kona Historical Society, presenting interactive experiences such as the vintage H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, the award-winning Kona Coffee Living History Farm, traditional Portuguese bread baking, a walking tour of historic Kailua village and more.

Laupahoehoe Train Museum –  One of the Big Island’s best-kept secrets, Laupahoehoe Train Museum is tucked away in the tiny village of Laupahoehoe on the lush Hamakua Coast.

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut – Find the freshest Island-grown macadamia nuts and macadamia-nut treats anywhere at Mauna Loa.

Mountain Thunder Coffee –  There’s Kona coffee, and then there’s Kona coffee. Mountain Thunder is one of the best, producing 100% Kona coffee that has won more than 16 awards in just five years.

National Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority – The world’s premier ocean science and technology park, the National Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) develops sustainable industries using the sun, seawater and ingenuity.

Pacific Tsunami Museum – Hilo has more than once seen the devastation a tsunami can cause—it was virtually destroyed by a tsunami in 1946—and thus today is the home of the well-regarded Pacific Tsunami Museum.

Palace Theater – Open since 1925, the lovely art-deco Palace Theater is the highlight of Hilo Town.

Paleaku Peace Gardens Sanctuary –  Find serenity at Paleaku Peace Gardens Sanctuary, a 7-acre tropical paradise overlooking Kealakekua Bay.

Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park – The Big Island is home to a unique site: Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, an authentic archeological site that in ancient times served as a sacred sanctuary for those who had broken the law.

Star Gaze Hawaii –  Hawaii is one of the world’s greatest astronomical research destinations, with internationally operated telescope stations and teams of renowned researchers.

The Lyman Museum – Built in 1839 as the Lyman missionary-family home and converted to a museum by their descendants in 1931, the beautiful Lyman Museum showcases an exceptional collection of historic artifacts.

Volcano Winery –  Try some of the world’s most unique wine, produced on the slopes of the Big Island at Volcano Winery.



Blue Hawaiian Helicopters – Hilo – Blue Hawaiian’s Big Island aerial tours depart from the heliport at Hilo International Airport, and from the company’s exclusive Waikoloa Heliport; tour times range from 50 minutes to two hours.

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters -Waikoloa – Hawaii’s air tour leader for 34 years, Blue Hawaiian is the most successful aerial tour company in Hawaii, and the only one that serves the entire Aloha State: the Big Island, Maui, Kauai, and Oahu. National Geographic calls Blue, “Hawaii’s premier helicopter tour company,” and Frommer’s Hawaii recommends them as, “The Cadillac of helicopter tour companies.”

Paradise Helicopters – Kona  – Locally owned and operated, founded in Hawai‘i in 1997. Over their years of operations in the Hawaiian Islands, many relationships and partnerships formed with communities in which they operate allowing them to offer much more than lava, rainbows, and waterfalls. Providing their guests with an authentic piece of Hawai‘i – the culture and Aloha spirit that make the islands unique.

Paradise Helicopters – Hilo  –  This locally owned and operated company was founded in Hawai‘i in 1997. Over their years of operations in the Hawaiian Islands, many relationships and partnerships formed with communities in which they operate allowing them to offer much more than lava, rainbows, and waterfalls. Providing their guests with an authentic piece of Hawai‘i – the culture and Aloha spirit that make the islands unique

Safari Helicopters – Soar above a live volcano with Safari Helicopters and see sights such as smoking cauldrons, rivers of lava and even lava flowing into the ocean.



ATV Outfitters Hawaii – With an island as enormous as the Big Island, exploring its vast terrain can be a challenge.

Botanical World Adventures – Experience the fun of a Segway—out in nature! Segway of Hawaii at Botanical World gets visitors quickly trained and out on its meandering nature paths for a one-of-a-kind adventure.

Hapuna Golf Course – Designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, the 18-hole championship Hapuna Golf Course is a favorite of both visitors and residents.

Hawaii Forest & Trail – Explore the Big Island’s most exciting terrain with the award-winning Hawaii Forest & Trail, offering more than 18 years of experience.

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden – Find paradise at the 40-acre Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, a non-profit nature preserve and sanctuary along the lush Hamakua Coast and just 9 miles north of Hilo Town.

Hualalai Golf Course – Located at the exclusive Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, the Hualalai Golf Course is the first Nicklaus course design in Hawaii and home to the prestigious PGA Champions Tour event

Kapohokine Adventures – Adventure across the wilds of the Big Island with KapohoKine Hawaiian Adventure Tours.

Kona Country Club – Choose from two gorgeous golf courses at the Kona Country Club, in sunny Keauhou.

Makalei Golf Course –  Featuring one of Hawaii’s loveliest golf courses, Makalei Golf Club is an exceptional destination.

Makani Golf Club  This authentic Hawaiian golf experience offers sweeping vistas of five mountains and panoramic ocean views to inspire your game.

Mauna Kea Golf Course –  The spectacular oceanfront Mauna Kea Golf Course set the bar in 1964 for Hawaii golf-course beauty and design, and has since become one of its best-loved courses.

Mauna Lani Resort Francis H. II Brown North – With two stellar golf courses—the North Course and South Course—Mauna Lani Resort is a world-class golf destination.

The Umauma Experience – Different for every guest, The Umauma Experience is actually many experiences, all in one place.

Volcano Golf & Country Club – Perhaps the world’s most unusual golf course location, Volcano Golf & Country Club offers the Volcano Golf Course, situated on the rim of the active volcano Kilauea within the World Heritage Site Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Waikoloa Beach Course – Designed by Robert Trend Jones Jr., Waikoloa’s Beach Course offers an unbelievable oceanfront setting.

Waikoloa Kings’ Course – Savor 18 spectacular holes of golf at Waikoloa Beach Resort’s Kings’ Course.

Waikoloa Village Golf Course – Set in the foothills of the volcano Mauna Kea and overlooking the sea, Waikoloa Village Golf Course offers dramatic beauty as well as a great game of golf. Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed the par-72 course to fit harmoniously into Hawaii’s natural environment.



Bite Me Sportfishing – The Kona Coast is one of the world’s greatest sportfishing destinations, and Bite Me Sportfishing can help visitors experience the thrill.

Body Glove Cruises – Cruise aboard the Kanoa II catamaran on a variety of exciting ocean adventures with Body Glove Cruises.

Boss Frog’s Snorkel, Surf & Cycle – Make a beach adventure memorable with rental and retail gear from Boss Frog’s.

Captain Zodiac – Around since 1974, Captain Zodiac specializes in Zodiac boating tours of historic Kealakekua Bay, a beautiful Kona Coast marine preserve.

Fair Wind – Join Fair Wind on a boating excursion along the pristine Kona Coast.

Kamanu Charters – Explore Kona’s incredible marine preserve Pawai Bay with Kamanu Charters.

Kohala Ditch Adventures – Native-Hawaiian owned and voted No. 1 Big Island kayak tour for 10 years in a row, Kohala Ditch Adventures is truly unique.

Kona Surf Company – Come to Hawaii and not take a surfing lesson? Impossible! Kona Surf Company gets visitors out on the ocean to surf, including absolute beginners and seasoned surf veterans.

Lava Ocean Adventures – If witnessing active volcanoes sounds exciting (and it is!), check into the tours offered by Lava Ocean Adventures.

Sea Quest Rafting Adventures – Snorkel the pristine, deep waters of Kona or poke along its mysterious sea caves and lava tubes with Sea Quest.

Snorkel Bob’s – A visitor-industry staple for top-quality masks, fins and snorkels at great prices, Snorkel Bob’s also offers a host of beach and ocean accessories, books and videos about Hawaii’s undersea world, and rental gear from wetsuits to snorkel vests.

UFO Parasail – Parasailing since 1992 from Kailua Pier, UFO Parasail lets you soar above Kona’s aqua-blue waters. All year long, their state-of-the-art winchboats gently lift you on and off the boat for safe, dry landings.






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