Kelly's Guide to the Big Island

Kelly
Kelly's Guide to the Big Island

Nature Adventures

This is a strong hike down to some of the most beautiful reef in Hawaii. Bring a snack, plenty of water, and snorkel gear. I recommend starting the hike at 2:30 so you don't have to hike up in the hot sun! Bring a flashlight if you like to take your time.
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Captain Cook Monument Trail
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This is a strong hike down to some of the most beautiful reef in Hawaii. Bring a snack, plenty of water, and snorkel gear. I recommend starting the hike at 2:30 so you don't have to hike up in the hot sun! Bring a flashlight if you like to take your time.
Easy to access, beautiful and expansive reef. It gets touristy so I prefer to go early in the morning. Next to the reef there is a "Keiki" beach great for little kids.
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Two Step
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Easy to access, beautiful and expansive reef. It gets touristy so I prefer to go early in the morning. Next to the reef there is a "Keiki" beach great for little kids.
A beautiful hour long hike to a stunning and rare green sand beach. I recommend starting the hike around 2pm to catch sunset on your way back. Bring $20 cash to hitch a ride with a local one or both ways. (I like hiking out and hitching a ride back!)
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Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
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A beautiful hour long hike to a stunning and rare green sand beach. I recommend starting the hike around 2pm to catch sunset on your way back. Bring $20 cash to hitch a ride with a local one or both ways. (I like hiking out and hitching a ride back!)
Incredible overlook and valley, steep but short hike down and up, bring a picnic and enjoy the magic and awe of this beautiful spot. It's okay to hike down during peak sun, as there is lots of shade at the bottom.
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Pololū Valley
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Incredible overlook and valley, steep but short hike down and up, bring a picnic and enjoy the magic and awe of this beautiful spot. It's okay to hike down during peak sun, as there is lots of shade at the bottom.
Walk across Kilauea Iki crater, check out the lava tube, and go see Pele herself at the Volcano.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Walk across Kilauea Iki crater, check out the lava tube, and go see Pele herself at the Volcano.
Wild, end of the earth feeling, plus a 30-50 foot cliff jump for the brave!
South Point Road
Wild, end of the earth feeling, plus a 30-50 foot cliff jump for the brave!
Beautiful waterfall with a MASSIVE banyan just above it.
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Rainbow Falls
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Beautiful waterfall with a MASSIVE banyan just above it.

Beach Going

Beautiful sandy beach with gentle waves and a great local vibe. Bring a blanket and a cooler and grab a spot under the huge monkeypod tree. Hot showers, gorgeous at sunset. Keep an eye out for dolphins and whales!
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Ho‘okena Beach Park
86-4322 Mamalahoa Hwy
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Beautiful sandy beach with gentle waves and a great local vibe. Bring a blanket and a cooler and grab a spot under the huge monkeypod tree. Hot showers, gorgeous at sunset. Keep an eye out for dolphins and whales!
Gorgeous white sand beach with turquoise waters. There's not a lot of shade here so go early morning or late afternoon/sunset :)
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Kua Bay
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Gorgeous white sand beach with turquoise waters. There's not a lot of shade here so go early morning or late afternoon/sunset :)
A sweet little beach park with lots of shade to picnic and relax, and an easy way to get into the water for a swim or snorkel. Walk through the forest to get to a sunset view from the lava rocks. Look for rainbows!
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Manini Beach
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A sweet little beach park with lots of shade to picnic and relax, and an easy way to get into the water for a swim or snorkel. Walk through the forest to get to a sunset view from the lava rocks. Look for rainbows!
Stunning black sand beach, pretty much guaranteed turtle snorkelling, lots of shade, great family vibe.
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Punalu‘u Beach
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Stunning black sand beach, pretty much guaranteed turtle snorkelling, lots of shade, great family vibe.
Magical bay where the wild dolphins like to frequent. Kayaking across is a delight when the swell is right. There is a small sandy patch of beach if you walk over the rocks, along the water.
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Kealakekua Bay
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Magical bay where the wild dolphins like to frequent. Kayaking across is a delight when the swell is right. There is a small sandy patch of beach if you walk over the rocks, along the water.
My favourite beach on the island. Go early to snag one of the coveted beach parking passes, or grab a reservation at the Beach Tree or Copper Bar restaurants to gain access. Gorgeous hotel with a public beach at the far end. Beautiful white sand and gentle waves.
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Kaunaʻoa (Mauna Kea) Beach
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My favourite beach on the island. Go early to snag one of the coveted beach parking passes, or grab a reservation at the Beach Tree or Copper Bar restaurants to gain access. Gorgeous hotel with a public beach at the far end. Beautiful white sand and gentle waves.
Popular and slightly touristy beach with a strong break near Kona. Great to people watch and see body boarders. Yummy açai truck next to the parking lot!
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Magic Sands Beach Park
Ali'i Drive
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Popular and slightly touristy beach with a strong break near Kona. Great to people watch and see body boarders. Yummy açai truck next to the parking lot!
Hidden gem, old Hawaii local vibe, seemingly a little rough but very safe. Beautiful sandy beach with natural kiddie pools great for littles. Bumpy road to get there but worth it. Great snorkelling, plenty of shade and beautiful sunsets even if it is raining up top.
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Ke‘ei Beach
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Hidden gem, old Hawaii local vibe, seemingly a little rough but very safe. Beautiful sandy beach with natural kiddie pools great for littles. Bumpy road to get there but worth it. Great snorkelling, plenty of shade and beautiful sunsets even if it is raining up top.

Food scene

The best fish tacos on the island!
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Shaka Tacoz
82-6167 Mamalahoa Highway
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The best fish tacos on the island!
Great breakfast sandwiches, coffee, treats, and smoothies. Fast internet and hippie vibes.
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Kaya's Kawanui Inc
79-7300 Mamalahoa Highway
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Great breakfast sandwiches, coffee, treats, and smoothies. Fast internet and hippie vibes.
Solid pizza, breadsticks, salads, beer on tap and wine. They have cauliflower crust and vegan cheese for health conscious folks.
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Black Rock Pizza
82-6127 Hawaii Belt Road
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Solid pizza, breadsticks, salads, beer on tap and wine. They have cauliflower crust and vegan cheese for health conscious folks.
Longest running restaurant on the island I believe, serving Japanese comfort food in an old-school atmosphere.
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Teshima's Restaurant
79-7251 Hawaii Belt Road
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Longest running restaurant on the island I believe, serving Japanese comfort food in an old-school atmosphere.
Delicious gelato, iced cream, and other sweet treats.
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Gypsea Gelato
79-7460 Mamalahoa Highway
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Delicious gelato, iced cream, and other sweet treats.
Delicious plant based meals. Colourful seasonal fruit bowls + savoury grain bowls all homemade by a lovely staff. A bit pricey for the quantity of food but tasty, healthy, and charming.
Happy Heart Kona
79-7491 Hawaiʻi Belt Road
Delicious plant based meals. Colourful seasonal fruit bowls + savoury grain bowls all homemade by a lovely staff. A bit pricey for the quantity of food but tasty, healthy, and charming.
This hotel has been here for over 100 years! No frills, $9 breakfast = two eggs, rice or toast, papaya, coffee, and breakfast meat. Travel back in time when you pop in here.
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Manago Hotel Restaurant
82-6155 Mamalahoa Highway
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This hotel has been here for over 100 years! No frills, $9 breakfast = two eggs, rice or toast, papaya, coffee, and breakfast meat. Travel back in time when you pop in here.
Incredible food, impeccable service, gorgeous ambiance. If you can't get a reservation, show up as close to 5pm as possible and grab a drink at the bar. I like to leave my purse on my barstool to wander the property for sunset, then return to eat dinner. The local lobster & sweet bread are a must! Expensive but worth it.
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CanoeHouse
68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr
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Incredible food, impeccable service, gorgeous ambiance. If you can't get a reservation, show up as close to 5pm as possible and grab a drink at the bar. I like to leave my purse on my barstool to wander the property for sunset, then return to eat dinner. The local lobster & sweet bread are a must! Expensive but worth it.
Incredible food in a humble setting. Dedicated, passionate chefs.
FORC Restaurant
65-1214 Lindsey Road
Incredible food in a humble setting. Dedicated, passionate chefs.
A must for plant based foodies. Jackfruit everything and macadamia béchamel. Yum!
Journey to Good Health Cafe LLC
A must for plant based foodies. Jackfruit everything and macadamia béchamel. Yum!
Hands down the best Malasada donuts on the island. I love the Lilikoi!
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Punalu'u Bake Shop
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Hands down the best Malasada donuts on the island. I love the Lilikoi!
Stunning property, great restaurants for a fancy night out. There is also a public beach here that you can access and stroll through the property to grab a mai tai from one of the bars. The Hau Tree for sunset/happy hour is awesome and has a big lawn and live music which kiddos love.
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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
72-100 Kaupulehu Drive
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Stunning property, great restaurants for a fancy night out. There is also a public beach here that you can access and stroll through the property to grab a mai tai from one of the bars. The Hau Tree for sunset/happy hour is awesome and has a big lawn and live music which kiddos love.
Delicious and very fresh poke on the Hilo side.
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Suisan Fish Market
93 Lihiwai Street
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Delicious and very fresh poke on the Hilo side.
Delicious Poke to grab and go enjoy at Magic Sands Beach just down the road
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Da Poke Shack
76-6246 Ali'i Drive
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Delicious Poke to grab and go enjoy at Magic Sands Beach just down the road
The food is good but the view is AMAZING. I love the fish benedict and the lilikoi (passion fruit) cheesecake is to die for. Cute Hawaii diner vibes with strong local coffee. Go early or call head to add your name to the wait list. This place is usually slammed but definitely worth a trip.
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The Coffee Shack
83-5799 Mamalahoa Highway
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The food is good but the view is AMAZING. I love the fish benedict and the lilikoi (passion fruit) cheesecake is to die for. Cute Hawaii diner vibes with strong local coffee. Go early or call head to add your name to the wait list. This place is usually slammed but definitely worth a trip.

Groceries

The most health-conscious grocery store on the island.
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Island Naturals Market & Deli Kailua-Kona
74-5487 Kaiwi Street
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The most health-conscious grocery store on the island.
Solid grocery store often stocked with local produce.
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ChoiceMART
82-6066 Mamalahoa Highway
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Solid grocery store often stocked with local produce.
Sunday local Farmer's market. More focused on prepared meals, arts and gifts than produce, but still a lovely scene with live music.
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Pure Kona Green Markets
82-6160 Mamalahoa Highway
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Sunday local Farmer's market. More focused on prepared meals, arts and gifts than produce, but still a lovely scene with live music.
I try to buy more locally, but sometimes for long stays Costco is clutch.
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Costco Wholesale
73-5600 Maiau Street
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I try to buy more locally, but sometimes for long stays Costco is clutch.

Sightseeing

Awesome farmer's market with produce + ready made food + arts and crafts. Very charming!
Hamakua Harvest Farmers Market
44-2600 Mamalahoa Hwy
Awesome farmer's market with produce + ready made food + arts and crafts. Very charming!