Ideas for Travelers
Hilo is a great town to walk around with interesting architecture. While in Hilo, a must visit is the fantastic Lyman House Museum, featuring the natural history of the island and a premier gem collection.
The Farmer's Market is open Saturday and Wednesday. Stop by and get fresh fruit like lycee, white pineapple, rambutan (when in season), exotic island vegetables and huge bouquets of flowers.
Also recommended: the Tsunami Museum, the State Tree Arboretum, Rainbow Falls, Boiling Pots, and an afternoon of snorkeling at Richardson Ocean Center, plus seeing some of the Gardens. Also recommended, visiting any grocery store and checking out the items you can't find at home.
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Continue on to Laupahoehoe Park for a picnic, and then up to Kalopa State Park for short walks through the native forests, ending with the over look to Waipi'o Valley, and the optional hike into the valley to view the 1500 foot waterfall or for a swim at the Black Sand Beach.
Some additional information about Mo'okini Heiau: although open for visitors, this is an actively used Heiau. Please stay in the areas designated for visitors.
Continuing north , you'll soon enter Hawi (pronounced Ha-vee), the northern most town with some nice galleries, and good lunch, and then step back in time and take the nine mile side road over to Pololu Valley, where there is a short hike into the valley, for good swimming, and jungle hiking. Return taking Highway 250 over the Kohala Mountains back toward Waimea.
If you have more time then a hike on the Napau Trail (one mile) to the top of Pu'u Huluhulu for a view of the current erupting cone of Pu'u O'o. Another hike is on the coast out to the Puu Loa Petroglyphs (one mile) . Another hike is at the bird park (Kipuka Pua'ulu), and a drive up the Mauna Loa Strip Road (nine miles) for the view. The Park is fantastic, and we have barely dented it here, talk to us about more trails and places of interest.
Down the road from that is Isaac Hale Park, for some good surfing and fishing. Shortly you will come upon McKenzie Park, which is a cliff side park, with good picnicking, and camping, but also a good place to see both turtles, and spinner dolphins.
A few miles further you will find Kehena Black Beach, formed from the 1955 eruption. Good swimming here, and sometimes with the Dolphins. This coast is like stepping back in time, and usually deserted. When reaching the junction of 137/130, look for the new black sand beach at Kaimu, and the Star of the Sea Painted Church (moved recently when the lava was heading for it).
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