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Zip line adventure:   www.bigislandecoadventures.com

Keokea Beach Park

Walk ¾ mile to Keokea Beach Park

2 miles to Pololu Valley outlook and access to some great hiking

Kapa’au and Hawi fun to explore, great history, wonderful galleries

Favorite Dining Spots:

Sunset at Brown's Beach House

Brown’s Beach House, Fairmont Orchid in Mauna Lani, pricey but a tropical experience.

Sushi Rock in Hawi

Bamboo Restaurant in Hawi, live music on Fri. and Sat.

Lukes in Hawi, live music on most nights.

Favorite Hikes:

Pololu Valley Trail

Pololu Valley, highway 270, past Kawaihae, Hawi and Kapa’au to end of road.  Our house is on the Keokea Beach Park Rd.  #52-247 one mile short of the end of the road. The hike down to Pololu Valley is short, steep and beautiful.  Check out the topos at the house to see where the hike can be extended.

Kilauea Caldera circle hike, the Halema-uma-u Trail in Volcanoes National Park.  A 2 hour drive from where you are staying, best to spend the night at Kilauea Lodge. www.kilauealodge.com

Favorite Beaches:

Boogie Boarding at Mauna Kea Beach

Mauna Kea, must get there by 9:00a.m. at the latest to get a beach pass.

Hapuna Beach, great white sand beach and often good for boogie boarding and swimming.  Also the Hapuna Prince Hotel has a good gym.

Beach 69, A great family beach with lots of trees for shade, in between Hapuna and Puako.

Puako’s many little beach access spots for turtles and snorkling.   Also putting in at the small harbor in Puako is perfect for kayaking.  The reef just across of #103 Puako Beach Rd. is unbelievable!  We like the public access right across from the Catholic Church, great for being at one with the turtles.

Spencer Beach Park, trail off to the south for one mile leads to wonderful cove  Mau-umae Beach.  There was a fire over a year ago which burned much of the vegetation so it is not as beautiful..

Makalawena Beach located ½  mile north of mile/marker 91, Highway 19.  It is a hike over lava to spectacular white sand beach.

Mahu Kona: Closest snorkeling spot to our home, not a great reef but lots of fish and easy access off the old harbor ladder, do not go in when there is a high surf.

More things to do:

Farmer’s markets…Saturday in Waimea/Kamuela,  Wed. and Sat. in Hilo, small one at banyan tree in Hawi, Saturday

Kihilu Theater in Waimea has some wonderful performances of a wide variety, call and check out their schedule.  www.kahilutheatre.org

High Mountain Road from Hawi/Kapaau to Waimea, wonderful scenic drive.  Waimea a quaint town is fun to explore.

We have a great updated guide book for our guests to use:  Big Island Revealed