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- You need to take the road to arrive to the Mauna Kea summit.
It is a mostly all the time 2 lines per direction good road.Written November 29, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We visited the Vanilleria today. We missed the actual tour, but Steve was kind enough to show us around. He explained how the beans grow and the incredible challenges they face to pollinate each flower so that a bean is produced. We were able to see the greenhouses and beans that were “sweating.” It was very interesting and smelled wonderful! Don’t miss visiting the Vanilleria!Written February 3, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Ali'i Drive is fun, entertaining and has everything you need or want as a tourist...restaurants, shops, ice cream, beaches, churches, farmer's markets and a great view for taking a walk.
Plenty of free parking too.Written December 14, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Very informative, would say not for children but as adults we really enjoyed the tour. The abalone at the food truck was amazing.Written October 21, 2022
- We checked out the church grounds during the week. Very interesting and educational. It is amazing that they still have mass every Sunday. I had went to St Michael's on Sunday which was a beautiful church and sermon. Highly recommend.Written February 5, 2023
- Beautiful beach next to pier.
Amazing colours of the sea and very soft sand.
Really good place to relax few hours from work on board.
In few meters there are many shops and restaurants in which is possible enjoy all day long.
Hope next time to can do the tour with the submarine.Written January 12, 2023
- We went to St. Michael's 2 weeks in a row. The musician's are wonderful and the mass was great. I would definitely go back when I am in the are.Written February 5, 2023
- This is a fun area to spend an hour or two. Many shops and art galleries. The quality of much of the work is outstanding. Shop keepers are nice and helpful. Be sure to visit Wish Keeper & Gourds and ask how they do the designs it really was amazing.Written February 14, 2020
- This was quite a peaceful experience. I do recommend you take a couple hours out of your day to visit. Historical and informativeWritten October 16, 2022
- We drove portions of this route northbound to Captain Cook on the west side and from Volcano to Waimea on the eastside, then down 190 to Saddle Road.
Along this road you will find amazing vistas from the ocean to lush farmlands. There are many roadside fruit stands and other local attractions. Passing through towns of Pahala, Captain Cook, Keaau, Waimea, Honokaa and many others.
But do not expect to get anywhere quickly especially in the morning heading into Hilo or in the afternoon heading out of Hilo. This areas traffic rivals the worst traffic in SoCal.
Portions of this road is designated as Hawai’i Scenic Byway “The Slopes of Mauna Loa” and passes through some interesting lava fields. It also provides access to Hawai’i Volcanos National ParkWritten April 1, 2022
- Our friends took us here. Free parking with a short walk. A whole bunch of goats were hanging around on the rocks. This is a great historical site to visit. Sign provides the historical significance of this site. Site was a battlefield and ended up as a burial grounds for over 300 warriors.
The path is uneven, but pretty safe to walk around. We walked to the edge and lots of waves come crashing in. Makes great photo opportunities. Some cliff jumpers made their way further down. We watched the jumpers. Not sure that activity is safe, or not.
Beautiful sweeping view of the area for sure.Written April 17, 2022
- The Ahu'ena Heiau (recently restored) is the religious temple that served King Kamehameha the Great when he returned to the Big Island in 1812. It is set at the edge of the sea, at the top of a popular bay. Great place for a visit and sun bathe!Written November 19, 2022
- This tour was amazing. Our guide was knowledgeable, engaging, and loved talking about Kona coffee. He knew his topic! We were able to see the entire process of how the coffee bean is picked, dried and roasted. Definitely a tour worth exploring if you love coffee.Written January 21, 2023
- An odd little beach park off the beaten path.
I drive past this little park daily, sometimes stopping to watch the surf crash on the rocks or get a few pics of sunset.
This is primarily a locals beach, a place where families often set up pavalions and have a beach party. In the morning it is joggers and cyclists that come to use the NELHA access road for training.
Not a place to get in the water unless it is VERY calm, generally stay out here unless you really know what you are doing. There is no beach here in the classic sense, rather a rock shelf that drops off quickly into 20-30ft water. Can be good snorkeling or diving as there is rich reef off the shoreline rocks.
There is a large pool protected from the surf that is excellent for young kids, shallow and sandy.
There is also access to a public trail that goes for miles along the coast.
Bathrooms, a fresh water shower, and picnioc tables are available./Written January 15, 2023
- This walk is along the kona coast from kona beach hotel to the ocean south to Keauhou.there are many historical places to see , such as Ahuena Heiau,makuaikaua church, hulihee palace and etc.it's on the west side so best time to walk is around15:00-17:00 , it's not too hot and the buildings get the sunlight for best photos.Written November 26, 2018
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