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      Honolulu airport to Kailua

      Oahu Sep 4, 2015 at 4:26 PM

      Hi, we have hired a car which we will be picking up on our arrival into Honolulu airport. We will be travelling to Kailua. Is the best route the H3 or 63? I hope that makes sense! Is one more scenic although after an overnight flight from Australia we might be better to leave the 'scenic' until the next day! Will we need a gps or will a map and my print out of google maps and maps in general suffice? We will be travelling around the coast, using Kailua as our base for a week. We will use the car to get to Waikiki and will return the car the next day.
      Thanks Sylv

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      local hana guide

      Hana Sep 12, 2015 at 7:42 AM

      is it possible to hire a guide for the road to hana? my grandaughter and boyfriend and visiting maui in november and i would like to rent a hummer for them and insure there safety. i have been to hana and i know it is a very beautiful place but i would like them to meet some local people also.

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      Looks different??? Lava fields broken up and not many white Rock designs besides the road???

      Hawaii (Big Island) Aug 11, 2015 at 12:30 AM

      When we were at the Big Island

      years ago... the terrain was very

      different. A lot more lava fields
      All around. When we went this year
      The lava was broke up and scrub plants
      Growing there. When it was solid lava

      it was prettier and people used white

      Rocks to write messages or make designs.
      I was looking forward to seeing this
      And was wondering if this breaking up the

      lava and plants happened naturally

      Or if it's sometime they did to accelerate
      The ground being usable???

      2 Answers Aug 11, 2015 at 8:47 AM
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      Where to eat

      Hawaii (Big Island) Jun 8, 2015 at 5:22 PM

      Ok looking for some places with great food. .. I don't like ground meat ... no hamburger ..ground turkey. Sausage ect. My husband doesn't like sushi .

      2 Answers Jun 12, 2015 at 10:59 AM
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      Snorkeling off shore

      Hawaii, Island of Jun 7, 2015 at 9:12 PM

      any suggestions?? and tips on where to park the car and enter the water???? plus is it a safe place to park the car .. any charge for parking or admission charges???

      1 Answer Jun 8, 2015 at 8:12 AM
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      Zip Lining

      Hawaii (Big Island) Feb 13, 2015 at 6:13 AM

      Have been looking at three different zip line tours: Umauma near Hilo and Kohala and Akaka near Kona. Looking for anyone who has experience at any or all of these whwo could provide a recommendation. Trying to select the one that is the most exciting and scenic.

      3 Answers Feb 16, 2015 at 6:09 PM
    • Lava flowing in to the ocean.

      Kailua-Kona Feb 10, 2015 at 11:25 AM

      I understand there is one boat company approved to take you as near as possible to view lava flowing into ocean. What is the name of the company and information on the cost of the tour?

      1 Answer Feb 10, 2015 at 11:42 AM
    • Romantic dinner spot

      Kailua-Kona Jan 10, 2015 at 10:29 PM

      Hi we are traveling to Kailua kona area in a few weeks and wanted a recommendation for a romantic restaurant on the beach. Thanks

      3 Answers Jan 11, 2015 at 9:31 AM
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      Whale Watching on/from Big Island

      Hawaii, Island of Oct 29, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      We will be staying in a resort near Waikoloa Village during the March 20 - April 5th, 2015 time frame. According to literature, this is near the end of the whale siting season. Would you think we should forgo any whale excursions and concentrate on other activities? I am concerned that it may not be a good investment at that time of year. THanks

      3 Answers Oct 30, 2014 at 1:51 PM
    • 3 days in Big Island

      Hawaii (Big Island) Sep 23, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      We (I and my wife) are visiting Hawaii in November. We are visiting Oahu and Maui before going to Big Island. We will be in Big Island for almost 3.5 days. We will reach Big Island on Thursday evening around 4:45pm at Kona Aiport, and will be leaving from Hilo Aiport on Sunday around 8:30 PM. This is our first trip to Big Island. We know it is very short duration, to cover the entire island but we wish to cover as much as possible.

      We have found the following things which can be visited, although we may not be able to cover everything. We would like to know what will be the best itinerary we can have for these 3 days/3 nights.

      Places near Kona

      1. Kailua-Kona (Historic Kailua Village)

      2. Keauhou Bay

      3. Hulihee Palace

      4. Puunhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park

      5. Kohala Coast

      Things to do on the way from Kona to Hilo

      1. Puukohola Neiau National Historic site

      2. Waimea

      3. Pololu Valley Lookout

      Places near Hilo:

      1. Volcano National Park

      2. Akaka Falls State Park

      3. Hamakua Heritage Corridor

      4. Hilo downtown

      Our plan is to do the things near Kona on Thursday evening and Friday entire day. We will stay in Kona on Thursday and Friday. Then on Saturday leave Kona to go to Hilo and do the things on the way and stay at night in Hilo/ near Volcano. Sunday visit the volcano and places near Hilo and leave on Sunday evening from Hilo Airport.

      We might not be able to cover all the places mentioned above. Also, not sure if there are any other places which should be visited, if so we might skip some of the places we mentioned and go to those. We are from California, so we don't really care about spending too much time on beach.

      We would like to know if what we are planning can be done, and also what are good places to stay in each area, and whether we should stay in Hilo or near Volcano.

      We have also read about various tours, should we take tours or just rent a car and go around the places we want to go?

      3 Answers Oct 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM
    • Bus service on the Big Island.

      Kailua-Kona Aug 19, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      Is there a bus service on the Big Island. If so how does on find out routes,rates and frequency of service?

      4 Answers Dec 13, 2014 at 10:39 AM
    • Bus from park to Kona airport?

      Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Aug 12, 2014 at 7:54 AM

      Is there any type of shuttle service or bus that goes from the Volcano House Hotel or the park to the airport in Kona? If so, how do I find out it's schedule?

      3 Answers Nov 21, 2014 at 5:34 PM
    • zip linning

      Hilo Aug 3, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Where is the best place to go?

      3 Answers Aug 4, 2014 at 8:35 AM
    • Honeymoon in Hawaii

      Hawaii (Big Island) Jun 11, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      Planning a honeymoon in Hawaii in December. Any recommendations? Which islands are best? Best restaurants? Best hotels? Best beaches? Things to do?

      7 Answers Nov 21, 2014 at 5:54 PM
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      Which part of Kona best to stay?

      Kailua-Kona May 18, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      I plan 3 days in the Kona area (before flying back to europe).
      Which part of the Kona area are best to stay, knowing that I am a solo traveller, do not like resorts and malls, but would like to experience a cosy atmosphere with small reataurants and bars?
      Thanks for your advice!

      7 Answers May 24, 2014 at 5:47 AM
    • Restaurants on Big Island

      Hawaii (Big Island) May 16, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      Is there a restaurant on the Big island similar to Mama's fish house (on Maui)? I'm looking for good ambience & food. Kona side preferred.

      2 Answers May 20, 2014 at 8:06 AM
    • Volcano House

      Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Apr 24, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Is VolcanoHouse still a good place to stay? Anyone stayed there and had thoughts as to whether the added cost is worthwile? Thanks for the help.

      5 Answers Jun 20, 2014 at 1:21 PM
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      Driving around the Big Island, Hawaii.

      Hawaii (Big Island) Apr 21, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      I am going to either Hilo or Kona next month for a week to eight days and will be renting a car while there. The purpose of my trip is to take in all that I can and also since I am considering moving there I will also looking at apartments.
      How is the island for getting around in a series of day trips using either Hilo or Kona as the base?

      5 Answers Apr 21, 2014 at 2:46 PM
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      Place to live?

      Hilo Apr 13, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      I am visiting here in May to explore the possibility of living there permanently for a few years. I know there is more rain on this side of the island and it is windier also danger of tsunamis. From my research I believe that the rain is mainly in the late night hours and early morning. Is this mostly true? I know apartment rentals are also less pricey than the western side. I would appreciate any and all input, thoughts and ideas. I will also be checking out the western side.
      Thank you,

      2 Answers Apr 13, 2014 at 4:57 PM
    • Kona/Hilo, Hawaii

      Hilo Apr 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      I'm wondering if I"m able to fit all of this in, in one day. I'll be staying in Kona but would like to drive the Hamakua Coast, 4 mile scenic route and see Akaka Falls. I also would like to see Hiilawe Falls and Waipi'o Valley. Last stop would be Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Black Sand Beach. I know it's 2 hr drive from Kona to Hilo. Any information would be great.

      6 Answers Apr 12, 2014 at 2:39 AM
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      Budget place to stay in Hilo

      Hilo Feb 15, 2014 at 12:01 PM


      I (37 years old, single traveler) will be traveling to Hilo in May. I am looking for a nice budget (no hostel) place to stay.
      Can anyone recommend me?


      4 Answers Apr 23, 2014 at 10:49 AM
    • Quilt shops on Hawaii Island

      Kealakekua Dec 28, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      Where may I buy Hawaiian fabric to make a quilt (on the Big Island)?

    • Mauna Kea

      Hawaii (Big Island) Dec 8, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      Hello. We will be on the Big Island during Christmas week. We are planning to take a tour to Mauna Kea. Can you suggest a good tour company we should use? Paradise Safaris Inc. seems to have good reviews but we would like to hear your experience.


      5 Answers Dec 30, 2013 at 9:28 AM
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      Weather around the island

      Hawaii (Big Island) Nov 25, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      I'm looking for advice as to whether to stay near Kailua-Kona or if I want to go north a bit to Waikoloa instead of Kailua-Kona. Wiakoloa was only recommended Nov-Dec in the Lonely Planet guide and I have no idea why. It seems like Waikoloa has more white sand beach/resorts in that area, so it seemed nice.

      I'm planning on going a week in either June, July, or August. And spending 4 days on NW side Kona area, and 4 days in SE Hilo area near Volcano or Pohoa near the shore. Last trip to Hawaii, my family went to Maui and we really liked the Kaanapali area. But we didn't like Kihei as it was hotter. My family members are unfortunately allergic to the sun (not kidding) and broke out in bad skin rashes in Kihei from the heat. So I'm trying to find a spot that is beautiful, hopefully ocean views, but where heat won't be a problem.

      Any advice you can give is great. At least Volcano, HI should be cool because of the elevation!


      1 Answer Nov 25, 2013 at 3:08 PM
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      Things To See & Do

      Hawaii (Big Island) Oct 23, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      We are going to Hawaii in Jan 2014 for 11 days. Just wondering what is the best things to See & Do?
      We would like to go & see the usual attractions, We are just wondering who is the best tour company to do this with?
      Is the Go Oahu Card worth purchasing ?
      Also we want to go over to the Big Island & see the Volcano Park & hopefully Lava flowing in a day trip ...Thoughts ?

      Thanking you in advance for your response

      Helen & Tracey

      5 Answers Jan 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM
    • Cuts from lava rock

      Kailua-Kona Oct 22, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      My wife fell when we were in Kailua Kona and cut her self (more like a puncture) on lava rock and it is quite infected any suggestions besides neosporene

      6 Answers Oct 23, 2013 at 3:34 PM
    • Snorkeling on the Big Island

      Hawaii (Big Island) Oct 1, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      Hi, We are staying on the Big Island for two weeks. One week near Hilo and the other near Kona. We are avid snorkelers and are looking for good sites on both sides of the Island that are usually nice during the middle of October. We plan to hit the obvious places outlined in many guides, however there are some spots tourists are not aware of that are excellent. Can you help me locate these places. Much Thanks!

      5 Answers Jul 31, 2014 at 10:54 AM
    • Kauai, Maui, Big Island

      Hawaii (Big Island) Sep 30, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      We are a family of five (2 adults, 16, 14, 11 year old kids). We are just starting to research our trip Planning on two weeks (at least) end of June/beginning of July. We hope to go to Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. Given that time frame, how many days per island would you recommend? We will be flying from Canada. Do you recommend a island/airport to fly into and out of? Will do inter-island flights between. For Kauai, areas of interest are Waimea Canyon, Na Pali Coast, Wailua Falls, Fern Grotto and Hanakapiai Beach...sorry if spelling these wrong!!! Maui we are interested in Road to Hana, Haleakala Volcano and Pipiwai Trail. Lastly, the Big Island, sites include staying in Hilo and doing the waterfalls (Akaka Falls and more), Hawaii Volcano National Park then over to Kona area for snorkelling. I realized the spots listed are areas highlighted in other posts and not sure if we can do all that, plus want to rest and relax, but thought I would write the "wish list". Most interested in thoughts people have on number of days per island to give us snap shot of these three islands. THANKS!!!!!

      3 Answers Sep 30, 2013 at 3:10 PM
    • Radiation and water contamination

      Hawaii (Big Island) Sep 23, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      Where can i find out if the water in Hawaii is contaminated with radiation and/or how bad is it?

      6 Answers Sep 23, 2013 at 5:34 PM
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      Pearl Harbour

      Hawaii (Big Island) Sep 22, 2013 at 4:55 AM

      We will be in Honolulu next week and would like to visit Pearl Harbour. The tours only seem to take you to see the Arizona Memorial but my husband would like to see inside the Bowfin and visit the Missouri as well. We are too late to buy tickets on line and do not want to get there at 6am to buy tickets then wait a few hours to get in.
      I suppose we could take the cheapest tour we could find and just stay on after the visit to the Arizona Memorial and then make our own way back by bus.
      Any suggestions or comments?

      5 Answers Jul 31, 2014 at 10:57 AM
    • help me please!

      Hilo Sep 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      Hello everybody. I´m Kenay from Colombia. I was looking for images of places to live and I found a suitable place. can someone helping me to know which activities people do in Hilo- Hawaii? and some information about economy, weather, universties, whatever information necesary to live there. thanks so much for your answers.

      2 Answers Nov 16, 2013 at 7:44 PM
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      Where to eat, and must-sees in Volcano

      Volcano Sep 7, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      We are staying at the Lotus Garden Cottages for 3 days before joining a group in Kona. We wanted to see this side of the island, never having been there before. We love to hike and explore - what are the "must-see" experiences that a local recommends? And where to eat? I have to admit I panicked a little when I booked first and then looked at restaurant options... :-/