HAWAII TROPICAL BOTANICAL GARDEN | Don’t miss this one! An amazingly beautiful garden with over 2,000 types of exotic plants, located on Onomea Bay, 7 miles north of Hilo, on the breathtaking “scenic route”. See 30’ tall versions of your favorite houseplants!
PU’ UHONNA O HONAUNAU (PLACE OF REFUGE) | Absorb some fascinating Hawaiian history and customs at this beautiful National Historic Site at the south end of Kealakekua Bay. Picnic tables, BBQ’s and snorkeling nearby.
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK | Hike through the crater of an active volcano! Taste the sulphur in the air, feel the hot steam rising from the fissures around you.
HAWI, KAPA ‘AU, and THE POLOLU VALLEY LOOKOUT | Always a fun excursion to the northern tip of the island for galleries, good food and gorgeous views! Be sure to loop back south on Hwy 250, for more vistas and a stop in green and misty Waimea, home of the Parker Ranch.
HOLUALOA VILLAGE | Wind up the hill from Kailua-Kona to visit this fun and funky artists’ community.Tour galleries and coffee farms. Have a bite at the Café or Holuakoa Gardens.
KONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY | A wealth of living history! Visit the 1890 vintage H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, and on Thursdays savor the Portuguese Stone Oven Bread Baking. Tour the 1920’s era Kona Coffee Living Farm and see exactly how folks lived there 80 years ago.