BIG ISLAND BEES
82-5780 Napo‘opo‘o Rd. (808-328-7318 ) bigislandbees.com Enter the world of bees and beekeeping and learn about how some of the tastiest, organic, single floral honey in the world is made, from viewing actual hives to how the hives are organized to what makes bees so special.
HAKALAU FOREST NATIONAL REFUGE
fws.gov/hakalauforest (808-443-2300) Dust off your hiking boots, break out the rain gear, and contribute to the reforestation effort. Spend the weekend giving back with this unique cultural experience. Go bird watching and see beautiful indigenous birds.
HULUALOA FOUNDATION FOR ARTS
78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy. (808-322-3362) donkeymillartcenter.org With classes and workshops, community outreach, cultural events, and art exhibitions, Holualoa Foundation provides a stimulating environment that helps individuals expand their artistic abilities.
‘IMILOA ASTRONOMY CENTER
600 ‘Imiloa Pl. (808-969-9703) imiloahawaii.org This comprehensive educational facility showcases the connections between the rich traditions of Hawaiian culture and the groundbreaking astronomical research conducted at Mauna Kea featuring a planetarium complex and extensive exhibit hall.
On Hwy. 137 at mile marker 19 A lava rock trail leads to this small, secluded black sand beach popular with nude sunbathers. Be careful of the strong current and undertow.
KAPOHO TIDE POOLS
Parking available fronting the Waiopae Tide Pools Marine Life Conservation Boasting a colorful coral bed and plenty of fish, these tide pools amidst lava rock are interconnected, allowing you to snorkel from pool to pool. Nice even without snorkel gear, just beware that lava rock is sharp and there is no sand for sunbathing.
In Napo‘opo‘o at end of Beach Rd. off Government Rd. from Pu‘uhonua Rd. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this picturesque bay is where Captain Cook first stepped foot on Hawai‘i. It’s great for snorkeling and kayaking through one of the three companies approved by the state.
KONA COFFEE FARMERS
konacoffeefarmers.org Visit one of the many Kona coffee farms on the island to learn about where the world famous coffee is grown and see the stages of production from picking to roasting to tasting.
ONIZUKA CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL ASTRONOMY
Saddle Rd. and Mauna Kea Access Rd. (808-935-6268) ifa.hawaii.edu/info/vis/ You haven’t seen stars until you’ve seen them from the Onizuka Center, located at the 9,300foot level of Mauna Kea. Free nightly stargazing and stargazing tours.
PUNALU‘U BLACK SAND BEACH
Off Hwy. 11, past mile marker 55 The most famous black sand beach on the island, Punalu‘u is the most expansive and accessible black sand beach.
PU‘UHONUA O HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
South of Kealakekua Bay nps.gov/puho This place of refuge for ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers is now a national historic park home to archeological sites like temples, royal fishponds, sledding tracks, and ancient coastal villages.
SOUTH POINT GREEN SAND BEACH
Hwy. 11 between mile markers 69 and 70 Though access is only gained on foot or by four-wheel-drive vehicle, this green sand beach is one of the most unusual and prettiest beaches on the island.
WAILEA BAY BEACH 67
This unofficial gay, often-nude beach, nicknamed “Beach 67” and “Beach 69,” offers an array of sights, including great snorkeling conditions.