Ideas for Travelers
Kailua Kona is a busy tourist center, but a good bet for snorkeling is at the Old Airport Park, and also a little south at Kahulu'u Beach.
South of Kailua it starts to get more country like, and a stop at the coffee farms is a must, then go down the hill to Napoopoo for snorkeling, and swimming (many times with dolphins), and then a short distance to the Pu'u Honua O Honaunau (city of Refuge) where the National Park Service has brought the Pu'u Honua back to the way it looked before Captain Cook's visit. There is also very good snorkeling just outside the park.
Another few miles South on Highway 11, is the Hawaiian village of Miloli'i, where they still fish with outriggers, and only recently got electricity.
If you're interested in whale watching, this is the best side to do it on. There are many good tour operators for trips, but do keep your eyes open on all coastlines for whales.
On the east side there is a very dry hike of 2.5 miles to the Green Sand Beach, where there is good swimming.
Much of this land is Hawaiian Homes Land, and they ask for a donation before the hike.
There is excellent hiking on the Puu Oo trail (4 Miles), both for birding and to see how quickly the forests return after lava flows. There is a good chance of seeing wild pigs and goats too. This trail is at the 22.4 mile post.
At the 28 mile post there are two roads, one up Mauna Loa 19 miles paved to the NOAA Observatory, and the trail head to hike to the summit (5 miles) of Mauna Loa. The other road is up Mauna Kea and goes to the Mauna Kea Visitors Center, and from there it is 4x4 vehicles only, to the summit.
The Mauna Kea Visitors Center puts on excellent star gazing show Thursday through Sunday, from 6pm to 10pm FREE. Take many clothes at is quite cold. Tip: A clean pair of socks makes a great pair of emergency mittens!
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.
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.
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