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Hawaii Island Guidebook

Discover how much there is to see and do on Hawaii Island. Explore this informative guidebook to learn about the island’s top sights and attractions, and the defining qualities that make Hawaii Island so unique. Browse the features below or search the guidebook topics alphabetically.

Top Sights & Attractions

Akaka Falls State Park, Hawaii Island

Akaka Falls State Park features two amazing waterfalls, Akaka Falls (442 feet) and Kahuna Falls (100 feet).

Coffee Plantations on Hawaii Island

There are hundreds of coffee farms in Kona, from Holualoa to Kealakekua, that harvest the uniquely Hawaiian Kona coffee bean, as well as boutique coffee plantations in Kau, Puna and Hilo.

Downtown Hilo, Hawaii Island

Downtown Hilo is a historic town that features a variety of unique shops, art galleries, museums, restaurants and cultural sites.

Hamakua Heritage Corridor, Hawaii Island

Take a memorable drive from Hilo to the Waipio Valley Lookout to see scenic overlooks, waterfalls, botanical gardens and small towns.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island

330,000-acre park spanning the summit of Maunaloa to the sea and home to Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona), Hawaii Island

Historic Kailua Village is a lively seaside town in the heart of Kona home to shopping, dining and important historic sites.

Keauhou, Hawaii Island

The Keauhou resort area, just south of Historic Kailua Village in Kona, is where you can often spot manta rays and honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles).

Pololu Valley Lookout, Hawaii Island

Offers a breathtaking view overlooking Pololu Valley, a black sand beach and the northeastern coastline.

Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Hawaii Island

Learn about early Hawaiian history at this National Historic Park, historic place of refuge and former royal grounds.

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Hawaii Island

Part of the National Park System, this historic site is home to one of the largest and last heiau (temple) built in Hawaii.

Volcano Eruption Update on Hawaii Island

Recent updates on volcano activity in and around Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island.

Waimea, Hawaii Island

Travel to the cool, green pastures of Waimea to discover paniolo (cowboy) country, as well as fine dining, shopping and culture.
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Hawaii Island Itineraries

Whether for a weekend or for an extended vacation, find an itinerary of must see and must do activities on Hawaii Island to fit your schedule.
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Return Visit to Hawaii Island

From off the beaten path towns to even more adventurous activities, there’s plenty of room for a return visit on Hawaii Island.
Lava viewing at Kalapana

Your First Trip to Hawaii Island

Hawaii Island offers a vast topography filled with adventure for the first time visitor.

Hawaii Island Topics by Category

Explore the topics that make Hawaii Island such a special travel destination. From historic places of the past to the latest volcano updates, choose a guidebook topic and learn more about Hawaii Island.