HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Places » U.S. » Hawaii (Group) » Big Island advice would b...

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:04 AM

Big Island advice would be great

I'm thinking of going to the Big Island this spring. I've been to Kauai three times, now I really want to try a different island. I've always wanted to go to Volcano Natl. Park. The island looks so huge it is overwhelming! I'm not sure where I should stay. Volcano, which looks really lush and at a high elevation? Down the hill in Hilo? I don't think I would like the Kona side as much, as I'm not a resort and beach person. When I visit Kauai, I stay way up on the north shore. I never go to the south and west sides of the island because they are too hot and dry.

thanks for any help!

12 replies, 1361 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 12 replies Author Time Post
Reply Big Island advice would be great (Original post)
PasadenaTrudy Jan 2013 OP
plcdude Jan 2013 #1
Iwasthere Jan 2013 #2
Chalco Jan 2013 #3
ellisonz Jan 2013 #5
Chalco Jan 2013 #7
ellisonz Jan 2013 #8
ellisonz Jan 2013 #4
PasadenaTrudy Jan 2013 #6
ellisonz Jan 2013 #9
salimbag Mar 2013 #10
mahina Apr 2013 #11
proud patriot Sep 2013 #12

Response to PasadenaTrudy (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 12:23 PM

1. It is a wonderful

experience. The first thing I did was drive around the entire island and up into the interior. It is like going back to the time of the earth forming. If I could live there I would.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to PasadenaTrudy (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 12:42 PM

2. much to see and do. west side is where most of it happens. fishing,diving,snorkeling,shopping,...vi

Villages... Lush up north....

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to PasadenaTrudy (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 01:49 PM

3. I visited the Big Island several years ago

We chose to stay on the Hilo side. I googled places to stay and rented someone's vacation home right on the ocean, well on the cliff, actually. We loved it. We did a helicopter ride over the volcano, swam in the ocean and pools. It's not resort-y which I like. Another fun thing was we went down a mountain in a kayak-type boat. We loved the Big Island!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink



Response to ellisonz (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:11 PM

7. Yes!

That was so much fun!!!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Chalco (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:14 PM

8. I totally wanted to do that too...

...even when I was living on Oahu. It just looked like good wholesome fun.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to PasadenaTrudy (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:36 PM

4. Welcome to DU!

I grew up in Pasadena and am a PHS Grad! Go Bulldogs!

I've been to the Big Island 3 different times. You pretty much can't go wrong, but definitely plan on renting a car so that can get around. So much to see and do. The Kona side is definitely more beach and resort oriented, Hilo is pretty sleepy. I really like the North side of the Big Island because it's kind of sleepy but there's still a lot to see and do: Kamuela, Waimea, Kapaau, Kohala, Hawi. You're a bit further away from the National Park though - I suppose it depends what you really want to do. Are you looking to get around a whole bunch and take in the sights or to relax and make only a few excursions. One thing I would not do is buy into tour junkets unless that's really your thing. Hawaii is much better at your own pace.

Aloha.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to ellisonz (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:52 AM

6. Hey, thanks!

I love the north shore of Kauai, so I'm sure I'll love the north of Hawaii. I changed plans: I'm going to Santa Fe, NM this spring and Hawaii next spring for my 50th birthday. It will give me more time to save up $$ and I'll even bring the boyfriend for a change

Yep, I was born in Pasadena, Huntington Hospital. My brother was born at St. Luke's. We moved to South Pasadena in '76 and I've been here ever since.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to PasadenaTrudy (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:17 PM

9. Sounds like a good plan!

Hawaii is all about the ohana. More fun together. Enjoy the solitude of New Mexico!

I lived in Pasadena from 1994-2004 off of Rosemead and Del Mar - the "Michillinda Park" neighborhood.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to PasadenaTrudy (Reply #6)

Tue Mar 19, 2013, 05:52 PM

10. big island visit

hope you can make it here next year. i've been here in hilo since 1975. graduated from UH-Hilo, and have been in love with the big island since my first day. tons of stuff to do, lots of it free or low cost. you do need a car to get around. the high-end touristy stuff costs the most, like riding around in a noisy and annoying (if you live here) helicopter. good example, hiking into waipio valley...free. hiking to see the lava flowing into the ocean...free. driving up to mauna kea visitors center and looking at the stars/planets thru amateur telescopes...free. swim in the hot ponds of kapoho...free. i could go on, but you get the idea. get a map for free, ask a local where to do what looks fun for you, then go. if you need to ask directions, don't use the highway numbers (most people who live here have no idea what the numbers are), just name the place you want to go. volcano and waimea have cool weather, and no matter where you are the beach is not far away. you could hike here for 25 years and never walk all the trails (trust me). camping is sketchy unless you know where to go, most of the camping areas are also drinking spots. relax and have fun, bring along plenty of smiles !!! aloha

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to PasadenaTrudy (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 12:04 AM

11. The Manago Hotel

Third floor, or the tatami room. Cheap, safe, easy to get to the ocean at Kealakekua bay or a drive to Hapuna. That's where I stay anyway. It's not fancy, (if it were, I wouldn't like it) but it's great.http://www.managohotel.com

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to PasadenaTrudy (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 09:19 PM

12. rainbow plantation b and b for an off the beaten path stay

the people are great and very helpful directing to wonderful non touristy anventures.

http://www.rainbowplantation.com/

We always stay there when we first arrive and the night before leaving . about 30 min from kona airport.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread