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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:01 AM

Big Island?

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!

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PasadenaTrudy Jan 2013 OP
Lydia Leftcoast Jan 2013 #1
PasadenaTrudy Jan 2013 #2
ginnyinWI Jan 2013 #3
PasadenaTrudy Jan 2013 #4
ginnyinWI Jan 2013 #5
PasadenaTrudy Jan 2013 #6
ginnyinWI Jan 2013 #7

Response to PasadenaTrudy (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:44 AM

1. I can't tell you about accommodations, because the time I went,

it was on a tour organized by the University of Hawaii for Mainlanders attending summer sessions there (we stayed in the dorms of a boarding school), but the Big Island is "big" only in relation to the other islands.

It's worth driving around the whole island and into the center for the sheer variety of landscape: black lava, jungles, landscapes that look like the American West in higher elevations, and snow at the top of Mauna Kea.

You might want to post your question in the Hawaii Forum, where a lot of locals can give you more in-depth answers.

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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 12:10 PM

2. Thanks!

I did post in the Hawaii Forum.

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Response to PasadenaTrudy (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:22 PM

3. Volcano might be a bit chilly.

We were on the Big Island in December one year. Didn't need a jacket in Hilo, but by the time we got to Volcano, we did. Hilo was nice--we stayed at a small hotel there called The Dolphin Bay Hotel. This is anything but a resort; it is a mom-and-pop small hotel with a very warm Hawaiian welcome. Homemade muffins and coffee in the morning, and fruit picked off of their own trees in back. You can hear a stream babbling at night through your open window. We used it as a base to tour the whole island. Hilo is not a resort town but more of a normal working town with some nice little restaurants and the U. of Hawaii. The eastern shore is not beach but more rocky with giant waves hitting them in a spectacular display.

The Big Island isn't so big. It take two hours or so to go from one side to the other. The east shore is lush and tropical and the west is beaches and sunsets. Highlights were Volcano National Park and going back at night to an area southeast of there to observe lava running into the sea. Kilauea Iki--a dry lava bed you can walk across. Akaka Falls north of Hilo. Sugar plantations and ranch land to the north. The west has some interesting historical spots like a city of refuge. Southwest there is a black sand beach with giant sea turtles. Also on the western shore are coffee plantations you can tour. Back in Hilo you can see Rainbow Falls and the Lyman museum--a relatively small museum full of cultural and natural artifacts, and a historic mission house.

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Response to ginnyinWI (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:42 PM

4. Wow thanks!

That's a lot of helpful info. I don't like resorts, that's why I like Kauai so much. I'm sure the Big Island will be great too. I am thinking of staying in either Hilo or Volcano.

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Response to PasadenaTrudy (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:19 AM

5. any time.

Feel free if you have more questions--I'll try to answer. We went in 2001, but are going again next month as a matter of fact. We are renting a house with our son and his family, on the Kona side this time. The kids want to see a volcano!

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Response to ginnyinWI (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:13 AM

6. Have a wonderful time!

I'll look forward to hearing about it. I'm also thinking I should go to Alaska instead, since I'm having hot flashes at this lovely point in my life Humidity and hot flashes are no fun!

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Response to PasadenaTrudy (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 04:25 PM

7. then stay off the beach too, lol

Actually I remember it being nice and breezy in Hilo. We had no air conditioning and didn't need it. Just opened the windows and the ceiling fan did the rest. In December it wasn't hot.

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