Recent Big Island property reviews
"Just returned from a week in this very spacious condo and can't say enought about the accommodations! This is the third time my husband and I have stayed in this condo and I have to say that it is the perfect place for two couples or a family with children. Very nicely decorated with high quality art, high quality beds for a great nights sleep and a fully stocked kitchen. The lani is extra large which gives you extra living space for your group and the unit is directly across from the swimming pool. Also, even though this condo isn't on the beach, the view and sunsets a very nice. The beach is just a 15 minute walk away. The owners are great to work with and the management group on site is there for anything you need. I highly recommend this condo for a relaxing stay in Waikoloa!"Guest: Jeanne S. Date of Stay: February 2012 Review Submitted: March 2, 2012View listing
"Wow!! We just spent the “vacation of our dreams” at Keala Lani. What a beautiful place. Magnificent view, great weather, easy access to everything on the Big Island. This beautiful home has everything you need. The owners (Milt and Christine), were a dream to deal with. Every detail was handled with care and professionalism. They truly project the “Aloha Spirit”. We can hardly wait to return, and we will certainly recommend this piece of paradise to our friends and family. Nothing could have made the experience more perfect Jim and Susan Amity, OR USA"Guest: Elvisbusdriver Date of Stay: March 2009 Review Submitted: April 14, 2009View listing
"This was a family vacation of 6 adults to include our two adult children and their spouse/fiancé. The home was exactly as described, as well equipped as our own home with views and short walks to absolutely beautiful vistas. Halii Kai itself is beautiful and impeccably cared for. The use of the oceanfront pool with bar and restaurant were visited daily. The owner of this Unit 5F made our stay easy and unforgettable. Thank you."Guest: R&G Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 5, 2014View listing
"This is the second time we have rented this condo and we were not disappointed. As residents from Oahu, we look forward to a short flight and the ability to be settled into vacation mode in only a few hours. The unit is clean, well stocked and quietly sits on the golf course. The upstairs loft bedroom and bath makes it feel so spacious and gives great privacy for teen-agers (we had two with us :) Mahalo, we will be back! Tom and Kate Kaneohe, HI"Guest: Kate Date of Stay: August 2013 Review Submitted: August 18, 2013View listing
Big Island Travel Tips
Hawaii is hands-down one of the most sought-after destinations in the U.S. There are eight main islands, and the largest and northernmost is called the Island of Hawaii -- better known as The Big Island -- to avoid confusing it with the rest of the state. It is a paradise filled with unparalleled natural wonders and all but two of the world’s climate zones, which serve as a home for a wealth of biodiversity. Come get your own slice of heaven on earth.
What’s a better sight to see than an active volcano spewing lava? Visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see it for yourself. The Big Island is not only big, it’s still growing! Kilauea has been erupting since 1983. Situated 30 miles southwest of Hilo, it is one of the most active volcanoes on the planet. As a whole, the park boasts more than 150 miles of hiking trails through craters, rainforests, deserts and the volcanoes themselves. It is even considered a World Heritage Site. Amazingly, 250,000 to 650,000 cubic yards of lava are produced each day, which is enough to cover a road 20 miles long. Hurry, because no one knows when Kilauea will stop erupting! Catch this phenomenal natural event while supplies last! The visitor center is open from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For the science behind it, take a walk through the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum for geologic displays, videos and maps. Besides the volcano, you and the family can explore Crater Rim Drive, an 11-mile scenic drive within the park.
Along the western edge you will find the black lava fields of the Kohala Coast. However, a little further south lies the yang to its ying, Hapuna Beach, which is bursting with Hawaii’s biggest white-sand beaches. Let’s put it this way: Hapuna has hit international top ten lists year after year. The landscape are pristine, and the vistas couldn’t get much better. At Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, you’ll discover lava rock carvings etched hundreds of years ago by native Hawaiians. No one is exactly sure what they mean, but it is generally thought that these carvings are records of birth and deaths from the ancient culture. There’s no better time than now, so treat yourself to luxury living as you can freshen up at top-tier spas to recharge and feel yourself again. Don’t forget to hit a round of golf on the world-class fairways and greens. Jack Nicklaus designed Hualalai Golf Course, while Robert Trent Jones Sr. had his hand at Mauna Kea Resort. Rest assured, you won’t go wrong.
Hamakua Coast, on the eastern side, is famous for its waterfalls and riveting rainforest. Explore the heart-stopping Akaka Falls, where waters spill 442 feet through a gorge into the river below. You’ll be surrounded by bamboo, birds of paradise and huge ti plants along the way. The coast is ribbed with valleys and gulches that you’ll see during your drive at the Hamakua Heritage Corridor, a trip that passes rainforests and waterfalls alike. Unwind in 275 acres of beauty at the World Botanical Garden, home to the Umauma Falls, before you go zip-lining along vistas of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a perfect adventure for thrill-seekers young and old!
You’ll be shouting “ahola” as you arrive in Hilo International Airport in this eastern region. The landscape brims with more rainforests and gardens than you will know what to do with. For science lovers, enjoy the amazing exhibits in the Pacific Museum and Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hilo’s newest top-notch attraction. To get a fresh bite to eat, pick out your favorite exotic fruit at Hilo Farmers Market, a knockout among locals. Cafe Pesto serves seafood caught the same day that will leave you and your family wowed.
Puna packs those black-sand beaches that Hawaii is known for. Tourists flock to Kalapana, a historic town destroyed by lava. Today, the site is the prime spot to see the lava reach the sea. A few miles away, you can see Keaau, where lands used to be covered in sugar canes. At the Lava Tree State Park, there are molds of trees that lava formed in the 1700s. Swim in pools heated by the volcanoes beside regions rich in tropical fruits and vegetation. Isaac Hale Beach Park provides one of the island’s most coveted surf spots, although swimming is not recommended due to the strong currents.
In Hawaii, you’ll leave with more than just a lei around your neck, you’ll come home with zip-line extravaganzas, volcano explosions and Pacific seafood dinners floating on your mind.