Hilo Activities

North Hilo, East Big Island – Old Highway 4 mile scenic drive

Address:  Highway 19  between the 7 and 8 mile marker Going North leaving Hilo, after the 7 mile marker, look for the Old Mamalahoa Highway sign with a “scenic road” sign on it.  This is not to be missed and should be taken together with a visit to the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.  The scenic […]

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens

Address: 27-717 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Papaikou, Island of Hawaii, HI 96781 Website: http://www.htbg.com/#_=_ The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is an impressive 4o-acre museum of living plants, the perfect destination for nature lovers, gardeners, and photographers! This garden contains more than 2,000 species of tropical plants that live and thrive in this unique natural greenhouse. Throughout this […]

Akaka Falls

Address: End of Akaka Falls Road, Off Hwy 220, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI If you are staying in Hilo and are looking to visit a waterfall, this is the perfect destination! Akaka Falls State Park is located 11 miles north of Hilo along the old Mamalahoa highway. This 422 foot waterfall is absolutely stunning […]

Waipi’o Valley

Address: Waipio Valley, Hawaii 96727 UPDATE:  The Waipi’o Valley is closed – even to pedestrian hiking.  See this link for the government notice here: https://www.hawaiicounty.gov/Home/Components/News/News/3094/720.  You can drive there and view the valley from the overlook.  The view of the valley from the overlook is great, although a trip to the Waipio outlook just to look down […]

Maku’u Farmer’s Market

Address: Maku’u Farmer’s Lot, Keaau-Pahoa Bypass Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778 NOTE:  Since the pandemic this closes at 12 noon!  I used to have lunch at the food venues, so I hope the hours return to normal. A Sunday morning must! The Maku’u Farmer’s market is widely considered one of the best farmer’s […]

Pahoa Transfer Station (Lava Flow)

Address: Cemetery Road, Pahoa.  As you travel down highway 130 and pass the police station you stay straight while highway 130 veers to the left.  In just a quarter mile turn right on Cemetery Road.  Travel another quarter mile and the street turns left.  Right after the turn you will see the transfer station on […]

Leilani Estates 2018 Lava Flow

Address: Highway 130 and Leilani Avenue From May to September, 2018 lava drained from Mauna Kea and Pu’u o’o crater drained out and a new rift zone opened toward the coast in Leilana Estates.  A great video that is summarizes the activity was created by the USGS and can be viewed here: https://www.nps.gov/havo/learn/photosmultimedia/videos.htm. After September, 2018 […]

Kapoho (Champagne) Tide Pools

Address: Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI   Updated:  In the summer of 2018 lava flows consumed this area, burying all the homes and increasing the size of the Island by 700 acres.  Only some roads have been rebuilt to reopen some remaining communties.  I have kept the article for historical interest.   The Kapoho Tide […]

Kalapana Lava Viewing Area

Address:  Highway 130 until it ends UPDATE:  The lava stopped flowing into the ocean at this location in 2017.  The gravel road is interesting to talk or bike down for a while to see the development of homes by “off the grid” types.  Below is what the destination was prior to the stop of lava […]

South Point (Ka Lae) & the Green Sand Beach

Address: Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI Ka Lae, also called South Point due to the fact that it is the southern most point of the Hawaiian islands, and the United States is a unique destination. It is commonly believed that the first people to arrive to Hawaii between 400 and 800 A.D. arrived here, and […]

Punalu’u Beach Park

Address: Highway 11, Island of Hawaii, HI 96777 This unique black sand beach is located between Pāhala and Nāʻālehu and is worth a short visit if you have the time. Surrounded by coconut palms and even a lily pond, making it a darling location for a stroll along the sand. This beach park also contains amenities […]

Ka’u Coffee Mill

Address: 96-2694 Wood Valley Rd, Pahala, Island of Hawaii, HI 96777 Website: https://kaucoffeemill.com A perfect stop for coffee lovers! come see how coffee goes from the seed to your cup! Located in the Ka’u District of Hawaii this is worth a stop if you pass it by. The Ka’u Coffee Mill has everything from coffee orchards, […]

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