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Trip Report Compilations

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Trip Report Compilations

I think one of the best ways to get a sense of the Big Island is to read through Trip Reports, but they can be hard to find, so I compiled a list from the last year. They are divided by where the poster spent their nights, not necessarily where they went, so a "Kona" TR may include a daytrip to Volcano, for instance. Also, "Kona" includes all of the Kona district, and so while most are from pople who stayed in Kailua Kona or Keauhou, some include the Four Seasons Hualalai or South Kona stays.

I didn't try to pick and choose, I just posted all I could find in about the last year, so if I missed you, please post a link to your TR here and rest assured, it wasn't personal! :-) This turned out to be pretty time-consuming, although it was fun to read through all the TRs again as well as those I had missed, but it made me realize it is REALLY helpful to include in the title/subject what areas your TR covers.

Kona

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Kona/Kohala Coast

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Kona/Hilo

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Kona/Volcano

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Hilo/Volcano

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Kohala Coast

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Kohala Coast/Hilo

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Kohala Coast/Volcano

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Kohala Coast/Puna

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Volcano

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Hilo

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Island-wide

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Edited: 3:31 am, April 30, 2012
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31. Re: Trip Report Compilations

The info was taken out of the snorkel page after I put in a modest statement that all the permits are up for renewal 12/31...and more info about one of the 4 licensed companies was added after I tried to condense it to make it more balanced. Not my axe to grind but seems odd. :-)

Edited: 6:59 pm, September 21, 2012
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32. Re: Trip Report Compilations

A problem with Articles is that those with commercial interests CAN (not saying they did because I don't know) edit with anonymity.

Could we not take the snorkeling advice we have, put it in a topic, and then post updates as replies as the situation changes? It works with the Lava Viewing. The articles also seem obscure to me. I have a hard time locating them, even though I know they are there, which is why I rarely link them.

Also I find all the Rollback versions confusing. While it may not be for those who do Wiki's regularly, I don't, and the list of rollbacks makes my eyes glaze over.

It's a terrific resource; I just question the format.

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33. Re: Trip Report Compilations

Is there a protocol for posting Trip Reports? My wife and I just returned from 10 days in Hawaii where we spent 3-4 days on/in each of Oahu, Hilo/Volcano, and Kona. Is it preferred to post a shorter separate report for each area in its own sub-forum, or link them all together under a single "top level" thread?

I just want to make sure I post the info in the best most accessible place. Thanks.

-JimG

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34. Re: Trip Report Compilations

Jim,

This is the most common way people do multi-island trips. They do one for each island, in that island's forum. Whatever TR comes first, usually the beginning of the trip, it is a good idea to put a link in the top post of your next TR, so that people can get the whole picture.

Some people do all one TR in the top post.

Other people like to do one day at a time, allow for comments, and then to follow-up posts for the next day. Or maybe they do one post for a stay in one area, then another post for the next lodging, but all in the same TR topic.

There really aren't rules, but this is what I see working.

Definitely do not bother with the subforums of the island unless your whole TR is going in there. Use the Island of Hawai'i forum for this island and just do one master report topic for the Big island, or it will be too fragmented.

People here read at the island level or the state level, not at the sub-forum level, or should, if not they miss a whole lot of topics.

Edited: 11:42 pm, January 07, 2013
Big Island, Hawaii
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35. Re: Trip Report Compilations

I am really sorry I haven't updated this thread in a few months, especially because it gets much harder to do the longer I wait!

Again, please add a link to your TR if you do not see it listed here. If I missed it, it wasn't intentional, I promise :-). TA's search function leaves a lot to be desired. Also for those of you who have not yet posted a TR, please do so, but please only do it as one post. If you want to break it up, or do a "live" TR, which is always fun, just post replies to the original thread that you start. Having each day as a separate post makes my "job" a lot harder, I've learned :-)

Remember, these TRs are divided by where the poster spent their nights, not necessarily where they went, so a "Kona" TR may include a daytrip to Volcano, for instance. Also, "Kona" includes all of the Kona district, and so while most are from people who stayed in Kailua Kona or Keauhou, some include the Four Seasons Hualalai or South Kona stays. "Puna" can include Kapoho, Pahoa, HPP, etc. I spearated out Volcano from the general Puna category.

Kona

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Kohala Coast

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Kohala Coast/Volcano

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Kailua-Kona/Puna

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Puna

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Waikoloa Village (NOT Waikoloa Beach)/Volcano

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Waikoloa Village (NOT Waikoloa Beach)

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Volcano

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Volcano (Lava guided hike TR only)

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Hilo/Kohala Coast

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36. Re: Trip Report Compilations

My profuse thanks, Shea!

A lot of work for you but a tool of great value.

I sure hope that trip planners read the TR's, with all the energy put into them.

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37. Re: Trip Report Compilations

Here is the link to my report posted from a trip a couple years ago:

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38. Re: Trip Report Compilations

I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate your time effort and organization. It is really helpful that you organized it by where you stayed at night.

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39. Re: Trip Report Compilations

SheaG- You are amazing.

Truly

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40. Re: Trip Report Compilations

Thanks a lot guys, I do appreciate the appreciation...this is a very time-consuming project but I know it is very helpful for many visitors. I actually wish we had a separate repository or forum for TRs, but in the meantime this will have to do.

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