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The Big Island with Kids

steveaustin Platinum
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We will be spending a week on the Big Island of Hawaii this July.  We have never been to this island and wonder what the must see and must not see things are to do.

thanks!

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  • Re: The Big Island with Kids
    costcofan Gold
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    I recommend that you buy Hawaii, the big island revealed, the ultimate guidebook by Andrew Doughty.  It is available on line at Amazon and others.   We have used his book for Kauai and it is a great book for what to see and what not to see.  We have found it to be right on.  The one I saw on Amazon for the big island is 2005, but should be recent enough to be dependable for restaurants, etc.  Roy's is one great restaurant, although a bit pricey.   But you will be in paradise.  Depending on your sense of adventure, you must go to Volcanoes National park and find out how to cross the lava to get to the beach where the lava is flowing into the sea.  Quite spectacular.   We did that a number of years ago and it is quite memorable.  The park also has good hiking, including crossing one of the big craters. 

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  • Re: The Big Island with Kids
    friarfaithful Gold
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    We love the Big Island.  Its is our favorite island to visit in Hawaii.

    Some things to do:

    1) Snorkel near Captain Kidd's Monument.  Several tour companies can take you there.

    2) Volcanoes National Park

    3) Mauna Kea to see the sunset.  You will need to book a tour company for this trip.  Its so cold up there, there is often snow on the ground...in Hawaii!  Elevation is 14,000 above sea level.

    4) Go to Hapuna Beach.  Skip the beach at Waikoloa which is no way near as nice as Hapuna Beach.

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  • Re: The Big Island with Kids
    hot_dog Member
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    By all means, the "must see" is Volcanos National Park.  Take them to the Hale Mau Mau where one can still see steam and vapors rising from the Mauna Kea volcano.  You'll need to check with the Park Rangers, but last time we were there we enjoyed going down to the coast on the chain of craters road and walking out at sunset to see the red hot lava as it goes into the ocean.  You will only be about a half a mile or so from the molten lava.  Bring good walking shoes, and a flashlight, it will be dark when you head back to the car. 

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