5 Things To Do on The Big Island of Hawaii


1. Get hot Sign up for a private tour of the planet’s largest active volcano with guide- extraordinaire Warren Costa of Native Guide Hawaii. Costa has an archaeology background and has worked as a ranger on Mauna Kea — he’s the right guy to follow to the flows. nativeguidehawaii.com

2. Sing to the sea.

Rent a paddleboard from the Kona Boys  in front of the newly upgraded King Kamehameha Hotel, or Ian Foo's Hyper Nalu right across the street and test the theory that singing attracts dolphins.

3. Find a cure.

Moku Ola (aka Coconut Island) is known for its curative spring waters and was a place of sanctuary for Hawaiians. The island is reached from a bridge near the Hilo Hawaiian hotel. Rooms start at $109. castleresorts.com

4. Embrace the sun.

These three sunset dinner spots won’t disappoint. Huggo’s, which features great views of Kona Harbor; Brown’s Beach House at the Fairmont Orchid was built to capture the best view of the setting sun from every table; Beach Tree, the slightly more casual option at the Four Seasons Haualali, offers ocean views and great food in a relaxed setting.

5. Look up.

The Imiloa Astronomy Center, part of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, contains a full-dome planetarium which features a live sky program that shows the sky as viewed from Maunakea.

– By Mimi For HawaiiLocalGetaways