Hawaii Island Area Guide

Our intention is to offer some suggestions of area highlights, some of our favorite places and how to best plan your trip whether it is a day trip, 2-3 days in the volcano area or a week long (or longer) trip on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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Hawaii Island is the largest and youngest of the Hawaiian Islands comprised of 5 volcanoes; Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Kohala, Hualalai and Kilauea and is broken into several geographical districts; Hilo, Puna, Kau, Kailua-Kona, Kohala and Waimea. The famed Kilauea volcano is described as the world's most active volcano has in currently in an active eruption phase that started on January 3, 1983. The Big Island is the most diverse of all the Hawaiian Islands boasting 11 out of the 13 different climatic zones in the world.

From white, black & green sand beaches, numerous waterfalls, 2000-degree molten lava from Kilauea volcano, the 2 largest mountains in the world, lush tropical rainforests, the Ka'u desert & world premier star gazing, the Big Island has it all! Plus the diversity of every type of lodging from remote backpacking, camping, gorgeous private vacation rentals, bed & breakfast, hostels, rustic hotels as well as some of the most elite resorts, there is a huge array of options to tailor your trip to be a multi faceted experience on many levels…without the time and expense of island hopping.

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Hawaii Island in General

Volcano (Upper Puna District)

The Volcano area offers plenty of possibilities for exploration or relaxation. Immediate Points of Interest from Hale Ka Lehua include:

Volcano to Hilo Town

The 20 mile drive to Hilo town offers many interesting stops along the way, including:

Lower Puna District

The Keaau-Pahoa Rd. takes you to many beautiful spots. Pahoa Town includes many restaurants along it's main street and is a perfect spot to stop for a meal before or after you have explored the new lava flows, black sand beaches and tide pools, the hot ponds or Lava Tree park.

Hilo Town

Hilo Town is the main city of East Hawaii and includes larger retail stores, theaters, restaurants and attractions, including:

Hilo to Waimea –Hamakua Coast



South Kohala to Kailua- Kona

Kailua –Kona to Volcano

  • Ali'i Drive Resort & activity area
  • This site has info for all of the following places:
  • Magic Sands
  • Kahalu'u Beach Park
  • Keauhou Bay
  • Captain Cook Town
  • Kealakekua Bay
  • Historical Holualoa Town
  • Historic Na'alehu Town
  • South Point & Green Sands Beach

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