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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.

KA­HENA BEACH

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.

KEALAKEKUA BAY

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.

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