Volcano Village Lodge
19-4183 Rd E, Volcano, Hawaii, United Stateshttp://www.volcanovillagelodge.com808-985-9500Directions to Volcano Village Lodge: Off of Highway 11 near mile marker 26, take Wright Road/Highway 148. Travel 0.8 miles on Wright Road; turn right at Laukapu Street (just before Chalet Kilauea). The road is marked “Private Road”. Stay on Laukapu until the road turns left (E Street / Kawailehua Street). Turn into the first driveway on the left. This is the Lodge. You should be able to find parking in our parking lot. If not you will have to park on the roadside just outside the parking lot.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI, United Stateshttp://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm(808) 985-6000Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, established in 1916, displays the results of 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution — processes that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with complex and unique ecosystems and a distinct human culture. The park encompasses diverse environments that range from sea level to the summit of the earth’s most massive volcano, Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet. Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano, offers scientists and visitors alike insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and views of dramatic volcanic landscapes.
Volcano Art Center Gallery
HI, United StatesShowcasing work from Island artists, the Volcano Art Center Gallery is the perfect place to appreciate Hawaiian art or to shop for a unique remembrance of this majestic vacation spot. The Gallery’s porch is also the setting for living art demonstrations by crafters, storytellers, and Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Approximately 4 miles southwest of Volcano Village Lodge.
Kilauea Visitor Center
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI, United StatesThe Kilauea Visitor Center is located just past the main gate, and should be your first stop regardless of your length of stay. Here you will enjoy numerous exhibits, maps, displays, and films. You can also obtain hiking information and permits, find out about the latest eruptions, and get the daily schedule of ranger activities, talks, and guided hikes. If you are traveling with children, be sure to pick up a Junior Ranger Guide booklet, filled with activities, trivia, and the opportunity to earn a ranger badge. Approximately 3.5 miles southwest from Volcano Village Lodge.
Thomas A. Jaggar Museum
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI, United StatesNot to be missed is Jaggar Museum, located a few miles from the park entrance on Crater Rim Drive. With a focus on volcanology, this visitor center houses volcano monitoring equipment, videos, and displays. Outside the museum is a scenic overlook with stunning views into the summit caldera and the Halema`uma`u crater. Here is the best place to view the volcanic ash and smoke plume of the current eruption. Approximately 6 miles southwest of Volcano Village Lodge.
Crater Rim Drive/Thurston Lava Tube
Crater Rim Dr, HI, USATo explore the summit of Kilauea volcano via car, Crater Rim Drive provides ample opportunities for park exploration. This 11-mile drive circles the summit caldera and crosses the caldera floor. It passes through tropical rainforests as well as desert conditions. Along the way, there are well-marked stopping points for picturesque vistas and short, scenic walks. The Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), which includes an underground section, is accessible from Crater Rim Drive. Starts approximately 6 miles southwest of Volcano Village Lodge. Note: Due to Volcanic activity sections of Crater Rim are CLOSED. Please see the Kilauea Visitor Center for more information.
Chain of Craters Road/Petroglyphs
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Chain of Craters Rd, Pāhoa, HI 96778, USAThe East Rift and coastal area can be viewed by vehicle along the Chain of Craters Road, a 20-mile drive which descends 3,700 feet and ends where lava flows traversed the road in 2003. The trail to view The Pu`u Loa Petroglyphs, a collection of authentic Hawaiian carvings, begins at the Pu`u Loa parking area on Chain of Craters Road. The trail crosses older lava flows and emerges in one of the island’s most extensive fields. Starts approximately 16.5 miles southeast of Volcano Village Lodge.
Chain of Craters Road/Holei Sea Arch
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Chain of Craters Rd, Pāhoa, HI 96778, USATo view the spectacular Holei Sea Arch, an archway of lava rocks created by ocean waves pounding on the cliffs, take the Chain of Craters Road all the way down to the ocean. Park in the turn-out and walk a short way to experience this incredible natural wonder.
5th Street Ohana
11-3774 Fifth St Volcano, HI, 96785www.5thstreetohana.com(808) 985-95005th Street Ohana is our sister property. 5th Street Ohana is a fusion of casual Hawaiian atmosphere with the quality and style of a secluded, small B&B. In Hawaiian, the word Ohana means family. 5th Street Ohana is a small house that brings family living to the new millennium with privacy, comfort and conveniences for today’s travelers.
35 Pii Mauna Drive, Volcano, HI, United Stateshttp://www.volcanowinery.com(808) 967-7772Sample wines made on-site at Volcano Winery, located near the golf course at the 30- mile marker in Volcano. An assortment of traditional and specialty wines are featured, with such unique blends as Macadamia Nut Honey Wine, fruit wines blended with tropical fruits like yellow guava and jaboticaba berries, and Infusion, a mix of wine, macadamia nut honey, and black rainforest tea. Tastings are offered from 10 to 5:30 daily, with no appointments necessary. Approximately 6 miles west of Volcano Village Lodge.
Volcano Golf & Country Club
99-1621 Piimauna Dr, Volcano, Hawaii, HI, United Stateshttp://www.volcanogolfshop.com(808) 967-7331If you’re up fore a challenge, try golfing at Hawaii’s highest course, with an elevation of 4,200 feet. The Volcano Golf and Country Club boasts one of the Island’s best par-5 holes and features a well-maintained course with gorgeous surroundings and stunning views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes. And if the course’s tight architecture isn’t enough of a challenge, keeping the ball in play can be tricky, as the thinner air adds 10 to 25 yards per stroke. This 18-hole, par-72 course was created in 1920 and features a restaurant and full bar. Approximately 5.5 miles southwest of Volcano Village Lodge.
Volcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus
19-4074 Old Volcano Rd, Volcano, HI, United Stateshttp://www.volcanoartcenter.org(808) 967-8222With a mission to celebrate the creative arts in all forms, the Volcano Art Center offers a variety of programs, shows, and exhibits for artists and visitors to draw inspiration from and enjoy. Diverse offerings include concerts, kids art camps, dance classes, and cultural performances. Nature and art are merged beautifully in this unique Volcano attraction. Approximately 2 miles southwest of Volcano Village Lodge.
Volcano Garden Arts
19-3834 Old Volcano Rd, Volcano, HI 96785www.volcanogardenarts.com(808) 985-8979Selection ranges from fresh, fun collectables to works of significant impact, from pocket-sized to larger-than-life. Enjoy the lovely cultivated gardens and greenhouses, plus access to nature trails into the surrounding Ola'a Nature Reserve.
Akatsuka Orchid Gardens
11-3051 Volcano Rd, Volcano, HI, United Stateshttp://www.akatsukaorchid.com(808) 967-8234Open daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, this orchid retailer offers a comprehensive and beautiful collection of these delicate blooms. Feel free to browse the rows of orchids and other tropical flowers, lovingly maintained by master gardener Moriyasu Akatsuka, or purchase one of the more than 500 exotic species to transport or ship home. In addition to the many award-winning orchids offered, a nice array of tropical cut flowers are showcased. A gift shop is also on-site, with traditional novelties as well as many unique offerings. Approximately 5 miles northeast of Volcano Village Lodge.
Restaurants in Volcano Village
19-3948 Old Volcano Rd, Volcano, HI 96785www.kilauealodge.com(808) 967-7366Kilauea Lodge Restaurant is located on the property of Kilauea Lodge in the town of Volcano, Hawaii. Open for Breakfast and Lunch daily, Dinner nightly, and Sunday Brunch. Kilauea Lodge Restaurant offers some of the finest dining in Hawaii. Highly recommended to call for dinner reservations.
19-4084 Volcano Rd Volcano, HI 96785(808) 967-9769One of the better Thai food restaurants on Island, Thai Thai is perfect for take-our or dine in. No reservations needed.
The Rim at Volcano House
Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI, 96718(808) 756-9625The Rim, the newly refurbished restaurant at Volcano House, overlooks the rim of Kilauea caldera and showcases spectacular views of billowing Halema‘uma‘u Crater. Creative island cuisine highlights the best of Hawaii Island’s bounty through seasonal specials; at least 95% of the restaurant’s meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables are sourced from local ranchers, farmers and suppliers. For a truly unique experience in Hawaii dining, join us in the restaurant for breakfast or dinner or in Uncle George’s Lounge for cocktails and a selection of appetizers. Highly recommended to make dinner reservations
Volcano Helicopter Tours
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
Hilo International Airport, 2450 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, HI, United Stateshttp://www.bluehawaiian.com(808) 961-5600To fully appreciate the beauty of Hawaii, it needs to be experienced from the ground as well as from the air. A variety of helicopter tour companies offer this unique aerial perspective, enabling you to view volcanoes, lava flows, waterfalls, forests, and beaches as you’ve never seen them before. Packages range from short 15-minute condensed tours to luxury 2-hour long journeys that circle all of the Big Island.
Hilo Main Terminal, Hilo International Airport, Hilo, HI, United Stateshttp://www.tropicalhelicopters.com(808) 961-6810
Commuter Air Terminal, Hilo, HI, United Stateshttp://www.safarihelicopters.com(808) 969-1259
Airport Rd, Hilo, HI, United States(808) 961-3355
Paradise Helicopters - Hilo
1363 Mokuea St, Hilo, HI, United Stateshttp://paradisecopters.com/contact.php(808) 969-7392
Bicycle Volcano Tours
161 Kinoole St, Hilo, HI, United Stateshttp://bikevolcano.com(808) 934-9199Experience Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kilauea Volcano like you never imagined with a guided bicycle tour. As you explore the lush and beautiful scenery surrounding one of the most active volcanoes in the world, you’ll witness giant craters, steam vents, and if you’re lucky, active lava flow. Three tours of varying length are offered, from 3 to 7 hours in duration, each with its own breathtaking views and spectacular experiences. Tours include easy riding on mostly paved trails and roads, with the majority of the pedaling on downhill, level terrain. Comfortable hybrid bikes, helmets, and all other necessary equipment are provided. Lunch or dinner is included, as well as snacks and drinks along the way. Perfect for the adventurous, experienced rider or the beginner biker, and ideal for all ages. Those in your party unable to bike can still join in on the adventure by booking a seat in the nearby support van.
Punaluu County Beach Park
96-876 Government Rd, Pahala, HI, United Stateshttp://www.hawaiicounty.gov/parks-and-recreation(808) 961-8311Definitely worth the trip, this picturesque black sand beach is conveniently located just 45 minutes South of Volcano Village Lodge off Highway 11. The beach is one of the island’s most famous black sand beaches, and is the most easily accessible with convenient, paved parking and full facilities on site. The welcoming black sand of the beach is made of basalt and is created by lava flowing into the ocean, exploding, and then cooling. And if the gorgeous scenery isn’t enough, the beach is frequented by endangered Hawksbill and green turtles. Although contact with the sea turtles is strictly prohibited, you are free to watch them basking in the sand as you do the same! Swimming and snorkeling is allowed, although much of the beach is rocky and can therefore be dangerous, especially for younger children. However, for those wishing to take a dip, there are areas close to the shore which are less dotted by the lava rocks.
Ka'u Coffee Mill
96-2694 Wood Valley Road, Pahala, HI 96777http://kaucoffeemill.com(808) 928-0550Experience the new rave in Hawaiian coffee. This small coffee mill offers tours and tastings of coffee grown on the slopes of Mauna Loa. Must stop for coffee lovers
South Point Park
Naalehu, HI, United StatesBelieved to be the spot where the first Polynesians landed on Hawaii, Ka Lea is not only the southernmost point of the Big Island, but also of the entire United States. The red cliffs are a favorite spot for adventurers looking to repel or dive into the waters below. South Point can be accessed by car between the 69 and 70 mile markers off Highway 11, but be sure to drive carefully along the one-lane road. Approximately 48 miles south of Volcano Village Lodge.
Papakolea Green Sand Beach
HI, United StatesFeeling adventurous? You’ll have to be to experience this unique and wondrous green sand beach, one of only two green sand beaches in the entire world. Accessible only via foot or off-road vehicle, plan to spend at least an hour hiking from South Point, where parking is recommended. From the Kaulana boat launch, the beach is nearly 2-1/4 miles away, so be sure to wear appropriate shoes and bring plenty of water. Although the hike may seem daunting, what lies at the end of the trail is a sight to behold, and one you will not soon forget. Imagine walking on olive green sand that was created by an ancient volcano’s eruptions. Picture swimming in what was once the volcano’s cinder cone. Papakolea beach lies in a bay surrounded by a cinder cone called Pu`u Mahana, which was formed over 49,000 years ago. Three sides of the cone are still in place, with the ocean flowing into what would have been the eastern edge of the cone.
Hilo, HI, USAFor a distinctly local, authentic Hawaiian experience, plan an excursion to nearby downtown Hilo. This historic village houses many of the attractions below, including the Pacific Tsunami Museum, Lyman Museum, Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory. It is also home to the University of Hawaii-Hilo, Rainbow Falls, and the stunning Liliuokalani Gardens. Be sure to enjoy some of the many restaurants and shops in the area and check out Kalakaua Square, where a statue honors King Kalakaua, who designated this area as Hilo in the 1870s. Approximately 28 miles northeast of Volcano Village Lodge.
Hilo Farmers Market
400 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, HI, United Stateshttp://www.hilofarmersmarket.com(808) 933-1000For a taste of local flavor, plan an outing on Wednesday or Saturday to experience the Hilo Farmer’s Market at the intersection of Mamo Street and Kamehemeha Avenue in downtown Hilo. Open from dawn till late afternoon, this gathering of more than 200 local artists, farmers, and craft vendors is famous for its fresh fruits and vegetables, stunning array of flowers and plants, and unique blend of crafts and wares. Approximately 29 miles northeast of Volcano Village Lodge.
Wailoa River State Park
Piilani Street, Hilo, HI, United Stateshttp://www.hawaiistateparks.org/parks/hawaii/index.cfm?park_id=56(808) 984-8109The majestic Rainbow Falls, named for the rainbows formed in the mist of its 80-foot drop, can be easily viewed at Wailuku River State Park. The falls flow over a natural lava cave, said to be home to the mythological Hawaiian goddess Hina, and into a large turquoise-colored pool surrounded by tropical foliage. Rainbows are best viewed in the morning, but the falls are beautiful and produce rainbows throughout the day. Wailuku River State Park, which is just a short drive from downtown Hilo, is also home to Pe’epe’e Falls, located a few miles further up the Wailuku River. These falls feed the famous Boiling Pots, where water rushes over old lava rocks and lava tubes to create a bubbling, boiling effect. Although a trail leads close to the lava tubes, the Boiling Pots are best viewed from a distance, as the rapids are extremely dangerous at this point in the river. Approximately 30 miles Northeast of Volcano Village Lodge.
Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens
800 Stainback Hwy, Hilo, HI, United Stateshttp://www.hilozoo.com(808) 959-9233As the country’s only zoo located in a natural tropical rainforest, Pana’ewa Zoo is not only home to more than 80 species of animals, but more than 40 species of tropical foliage and flowers. A crowd favorite at the zoo is the white bengal tiger Namaste’, who lives in a large, 1-acre enclosure. Only 250 of these rare tigers are found in captivity around the world, and fewer than 500 still exist in the wild. Another special tenant is the endangered state bird of Hawaii, the Nene. With free admission, a petting zoo, a playground area, and a small, 12-acre footprint, the zoo is an ideal retreat for families with children or anyone who appreciates animals and nature. Open daily from 9am to 4pm (closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day).Approximately 29 miles Northeast of Volcano Village Lodge.
Imiloa Astronomy Center
600 Imiloa Pl, Hilo, HI, United Stateshttp://www.imiloahawaii.org(808) 969-9700A unique look at Hawaii, from the ground up to the heavens, is offered at the Imiloa Astronomy Center. Numerous displays and hands-on exhibits provide a Hawaiian perspective of the beliefs and theories related to the stars and the earth. Daily narrated shows in the state-of-the-art, digital, full-dome planetarium depict the sky as viewed from Mauna Kea. More than 50 native plant species, including several rare or endangered varieties, are showcased in the center’s award-winning native Hawaiian garden. Tours are offered for those interested in the uses and significance of these pristine plants, including the so-called “canoe plants” introduced by early Polynesians. Other amenities include a bookstore and a restaurant with magnificent views of Hilo Bay. The center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm, and is closed on Monday. No admission is offered on Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Day.
Merrie Monarch Festival
865 Piilani St, Hilo, HI, United Stateshttp://www.merriemonarch.com(808) 935-9168Held annually to honor the legacy of Hawaiian King David Kalākaua, the week-long Merrie Monarch Festival is a celebration of the arts, with its hula competition a draw for competitors and spectators from around the world. Other festivities include an art fair, a craft show, Miss Aloha Hula competition, music, hula shows and demonstrations, and a royal parade through the town of Hilo. Come join in the fun this year April 8-14, 2012. Most activities are free, but tickets must be ordered in advance for the hula and beauty competitions. Prices range from $5 to $30 per ticket. See the website at www.merriemonarch.com for ordering information. Approximately 30 miles Northeast of Volcano Village Lodge.
Lyman Museum & Mission House
276 Haili St, Hilo, HI, United Stateshttp://www.lymanmuseum.org(808) 935-5021The Lyman Museum, affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute, honors the history of the Hawaiian Islands and its peoples with its comprehensive collection of artifacts, fine art, and archives. A multitude of special exhibits are offered, along with tours of the neighboring Mission House, built in 1839 for missionaries David and Sara Lyman and lovingly and authentically restored to depict life as it was 150 years ago. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4:30pm, with house tours conducted at 11am and 2pm. Closed Sunday and holidays. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $5 for college students; $3 for children ages 6 to 17; free for kids under 6 years of age; and $21 for family admission. Approximately 29 miles Northeast of Volcano Village Lodge.
Pacific Tsunami Museum Inc
130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, HI, United Stateshttp://www.tsunami.org(808) 935-0926The Pacific Tsunami Museum is appropriately located on Hilo Bay, where a 1946 tsunami emptied the bay and destroyed countless lives, homes, and businesses in the town. The museum provides a history of tsunamis that have affected Hawaii and the Pacific region in recent history, and aims to educate the public about the nature of these destructive forces of nature. Numerous ongoing and special exhibits are featured, including a tsunami warning simulator, an energy of the wave machine, and a model of Hilo as it was before the 1946 museum. Also offered are many interesting educational and community programs and activities. Open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 4:15 pm; closed Sundays and major holidays. General admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors; $4 for children 6-17; free for toddlers 5 and under. Approximately 29 miles Northeast of Volcano Village Lodge.
East Hawaii Cultural Center
141 Kalakaua St, Hilo, HI, United Stateshttp://www.ehcc.org(808) 961-5711Celebrating community dance, theater, music, and art through classes, workshops, festivals, and gallery displays, the East Hawaii Cultural Center is a mecca of local talent. The art galleries of the center feature diverse showings from a variety of sources, including student and established artists as well as cultural and historical displays. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free, although donations are always welcome. Approximately 29 miles Northeast of Volcano Village Lodge.
Mauna Loa macadamia nuts
Macadamia Nut Rd, Hilo, HI, United Stateshttp://www.maunaloa.com(808) 966-8618See where Mauna Loa Macadamia Corporation’s delicious snacks have been grown and produced for the past 30 years. Now owned by Hershey’s, Mauna Loa’s primary production facility is located in Hilo, where tours of its nut and chocolate operations are offered free of charge. After a scenic drive through the company’s macadamia nut tree orchards, visitors to the factory can watch as the nuts are made into delectable, marketable treats. A video presentation provides a more detailed look at the macadamias vital to the company. Free tastes are offered, and other goodies can be purchased at the snack bar or gift shop. Open 8:30am to 5pm Monday through Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays. Approximately 25 miles Northeast of Volcano Village Lodge.
123 N Kuakini St, HI, United Stateshttp://www1.honolulu.gov/parks/hbg(808) 522-7060Named after Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani, these authentic, traditional Japanese gardens include 30 acres of serene and picturesque rock gardens, bridges, pagodas, and stone lanterns winding around Waihonu Pond. In the center of the park, surrounded by banyan trees, flowering bushes, and other foliage, lies a traditional Japanese tea house. Built as a tribute to Japanese immigrants who worked in the sugar cane fields, this sanctuary offers views of Hilo Bay and Coconut Island as you meander the peaceful grounds. Approximately 28 miles Northeast of Volcano Village Lodge.
Coconut Island Park
77 Kelipio Pl, Hilo, HI, United Stateshttp://www.co.hawaii.hi.us/parks/parks.htmHilo’s smallest park, but one of the most unique, Coconut island is accessible by footbridge and offers stunning views of the bay and mountain. Visitors will enjoy peaceful, grassy spots for picnics or relaxing, swimming in shallow pools, or jumping into the ocean from the stone tower located at the east side of the island. Adjacent from the Liliuokalani gardens, the park sometimes features live entertainment and is a favorite destination for families. Approximately 28 miles Northeast of Volcano Village Lodge.
Hamakua Coast Region
Akaka Falls State Park
Honomu, HI, United Stateshttp://www.hawaiistateparks.org/parks/hawaii/index.cfm?park_id=2(808) 961-9540Stunning views of two magnificent waterfalls are easily accessible on a short 0.4-mile hike through Akaka Falls State Park. The paved, looped path is lined with lush tropical plants and vegetation, such as wild orchids and bamboo, and gives way to a camera perfect view of the 100-foot Kahuna Falls. Continuing on the path brings you into sight of one of the island’s most famous waterfalls, the 442-foot Akaka Falls, which empties into a deep gorge. The falls can be seen from several points along the loop, providing several spectacular angles of this breathtaking natural wonder. The park is open daily, with a $5 per vehicle charge. Approximately 45 miles north of Volcano Village Lodge.
Waipio Valley Lookout
48-5546 Waipio Valley Rd, Kukuihaele, HI, United Stateshttp://www.hawaiicounty.gov(808) 961-8311Not only is the dramatic view from the Waipio Valley Overlook a pictorial showcase, but a vision of the sacred “Valley of the Kings” that was once the boyhood home of King Kamehameha I and thousands of Hawaiian natives. Measuring nearly a mile across and six miles deep, the valley is alive with green foliage, rivers, and taro fields, and can be explored via 4-wheel drive vehicles, horseback, or on foot. Many companies offer ATV or horseback riding tours, if you’re up for an adventure. Driving into the valley is not recommended, and not even allowed by most rental car companies, since the road leading in is at a dangerously steep 25-percent grade. Hiking is also a bit of a challenge, especially on the way up, since the trail in descends 1,000 feet in less than a mile. Those prepared for the journey, however, will be rewarded with numerous trails leading to countless spectacular views and discoveries.
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
27-717 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou, HI, United Stateshttp://www.hawaiigarden.com(808) 964-5233See all the splendor and beauty of Hawaii’s plantlife, as well as varieties of tropical plants from around the world, in one breathtaking garden. The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden houses more than 2,000 species in its 40-acre valley. A self-guided tour takes approximately 1-1/2 hours and covers a round-trip distance of just over a mile. Along the way, trails pass picturesque waterfalls, cross serene streams, and provide ocean views while winding through a lush tropical rainforest. Not to be missed, this not-for-profit, conservationist garden serves to protect the natural beauty of the rainforest by preserving plants that may otherwise disappear from the landscape of our world. Admission is $15 for adults; $5 for children ages 6-16; and free for children under 6. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm daily, with garden admissions ending at 4 pm. The garden is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Kohala Coast (South Kohala) Re
Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve
Holoholokai Beach Park Rd, Puako, HI, United StatesMore than 3,000 identified petroglyph designs are found among the massive collection of rock art within the 233-acre Puakō Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve. An easy-to-navigate 1-1/2 mile trail passes approximately 1,200 petroglyphs as it traverses lava flows over paved walkways and hard-lava surfaces. The carvings, which depict various aspects of Hawaiian history, including animals, people, and deity symbols, were believed to have been etched between 1000 and 1800 AD. Approximately 102 miles northwest of Volcano Village Lodge.
Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site
Pu‘ukoholā Heiau, Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Waimea, HI 96743, USARun by the National Park Service, the Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site actually includes three temples: Pu’ukohola Heiau, the temple of King Kamehameha the Great; Mailekini Heiau, a temple which was turned into a fort complete with cannons; and Kapuni Heiau, the underwater ruins of a temple devoted to the worship of sharks. Activities at the park include hiking, walking tours, ranger talks, cultural demonstrations, bird watching, photography, painting, and shark, whale, and dolphin watching. The park’s Visitor Center is a great place to start, with numerous exhibits and displays as well as a bookstore and museum. You can also pick up Junior Ranger activity books for the kids as well as a daily schedule of activities. A 1/2-mile looping trail is easy to navigate for a leisurely hike, with other trails providing extended scenic options. Humpback whales are a common site off the park’s shoreline in the winter months, and spinner dolphins can also be sighted.
Kohala Country Adventures
54529 Kapaau Rd, Kapaau, HI, United Stateshttp://www.kcadventures.com(808) 889-5663
Mauna Kea Golf Course
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Kohala Coast, HI, United Stateshttp://www.princeresortshawaii.com/mauna-kea-beach-hotel/big-island-golf-vacations.php(808) 882-5400While enjoying the sunny weather and trade-wind breezes in Kohala, consider playing a round at one of the world-class golf courses in the area. There are many courses to choose from, each with breathtaking views and gorgeous, challenging designs, and many with holes played right along the coast. Further north are Mauna Kea Golf Course and Hapuna Golf Course, while in the south are Mauna Lani Resort Golf, Waikoloa Golf Courses, Four Seasons Golf Course, Big Island Country Club, and Makalei Golf Club, among others. For golfers looking to tee-off in paradise, Kohala is the ideal setting, no matter how you slice it! Approximately 100 miles northwest of Volcano Village Lodge.