Big Island - Things to Do

BIG ISLAND - FREE ACTIVITIES

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is on Hawaii Island (the Big Island). At its heart are the Kīlauea and Mauna Loa active volcanoes. The Crater Rim Drive passes steam vents and the Jaggar Museum, which features volcanology exhibits and a viewpoint overlooking Halema'uma'u Crater. Thick ferns mark the entrance to the Thurston Lava Tube (Nāhuku). The Chain of Craters Road weaves over lava. Trails crisscross the park.

 

• Learn about park hours, operations, history, nature and more:

https://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm

 

Kokua Kailua Town Party

One Sunday per month, seaside Kailua Village transforms its main street of Alii Drive into a pedestrian-only party. Throughout the afternoon, clients get to know the classic Kona Coast town while meeting its merchants, musicians and artists. The gathering also provides a good opportunity to check out the area’s historic sites, including Mokuaikaua Church and Hulihee Palace. A free Hawaiian music concert enhances the event, which draws thousands of locals and visitors.  http://historickailuavillage.com/kokua-kailua/

 

LOCAL MARKETS

 

Big Island Farmers Market

Farmers markets are one of the little-known gems of the Big Island of Hawaii. They are spread over the whole island and with only a little planning you can stop by one for breakfast, lunch or souvenir shopping on your itinerary around the island.

Most farmers markets are only open on one or two days of the week, but there are enough markets on the Big Island to make visiting one easy without compromising your itinerary.

 

For more information: https://www.gohawaii.com/islands/hawaii-big-island/things-to-do/land-activities/farmers-markets

 

Holualoa First Fridays

A market that is held the first Friday every month in the art town of Holualoa.

http://www.holualoahawaii.com/

 

Kona Sunday Stroll

A market that is held the third Sunday of every month (calendar available online).

https://bigislandguide.com/kokua-kailua

 

Honaunau Bay

We also have one of the ten best snorkeling spots in the world (Travel and Leisure 2016)- Honaunau Bay.

https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/best-snorkeling-spots 

 

FAVORITE RESTAURANTS

 

Jackie Reys Ohana Grill

Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill is a casual local's joint featuring fresh seafood, steaks, pasta and a variety of salads at affordable prices.

http://www.jackiereys.com/ 

 

Ulu Ocean Grill, Four Seasons Hualalai

“R.S.A. – Regional, Seasonal and Artisanal” – cuisine is served alongside the surf and under the stars at our award-winning restaurant, where 75 percent of the food comes fresh from the ocean and local farms.

https://www.fourseasons.com/hualalai/dining/restaurants/ulu_ocean_grill/ 

 

Umekes Fish Market Bar and Grill

Umekes prides itself in serving dishes using local ingredients that are of the highest quality.

http://umekesrestaurants.com/live/ 

 

Mi’s Waterfront Bistro

Enjoy house made pasta and locally sourced ingredients at Kona's premier waterfront location. Italian food kailua kona. Dinner Kailua kona Hawaii.

miswaterfrontbistro.com 

 

Foster’s Kitchen

Cuisine made from scratch and perfection within a hand-crafted cocktail using only the freshest ingredients possible.

www.fosterskitchen.com 

 

The Strawberry Patch

Most well known for her creative appetizers, fresh colorful salads, savory pasta dishes, and freshly baked desserts, Chef Amelia features daily specials in addition to her regular menu.

www.thestrawberrypatchhawaii.com 

 

Kenichi Pacific

Welcome to Kenichi Pacific Restaurant, your premier destination for Japanese/Pacific Rim "fusion cuisine" and amazing sushi and sashimi.

www.kenichipacific.com