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This place is great for kids and relaxing! The pools and chance to swim with the dolphins and boat rides to rooms will amuse the younger ones. The hallways filled with eclectic art and the excellent food and beverages will keep the older folks happy. Oh yeah...great golf and water sports close by.
A long drive to the National Park will take you past miles of Macadamia nuts and old lava flows. Make sure you have water, flashlights and good shoes or boots. Can get cool so bring a sweater and or rain parka. Call the Eruption Update recorded message: (808) 985-6000 press 1 for daily eruption updates. http://www.nps.gov/havo
3. My Island Bed and Breakfast
Rent a cottage in the Ohia forest after your trip to the volcano you can unwind in the lush quiet forest. It gets cool at night so dress in layers.
It used to be that you could get to the top of the falls via a trial near the parking lot. Might be closed but if you find it you will have a view that you won't soon forget. The falls from the tourist vantage point are great as well.
The road cuts between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea and is not to be missed. You may have to take a tour- see Hawaii Forest and Trail- to ever see this wonder because rental car companies don't allow you to take cars on this road. My Favorite Hawaii moment was watching the moon rise from the side of Mauna Loa...do you remember how big the moon was in 'Joe Versus the Volcano'? In my memory it was that big and clear.
Do the tourist thing on Alii Drive. Hardrock Cafe, Bubba Gump Shrimp are here of course but you might try Huggos and Jameson's By The Sea for excellent food. For some Ono(good) local grinds(food) eat at Kona Mix Plate.