Hawaii (Big Island) Journals

17 Days on the Big Island

A November 2003 trip to Hawaii (Big Island) by Liken D Sun

Quote: My wife, six-month-old son, and parents spent 17 days on the Big Island with time spent in Hilo, Kona, and Waikoloa Village. We spent time on many different activities, two condos, and one hotel.
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This hotel has a beautiful location on the ocean in Hilo and has great potential, but is extremely rundown. Rumour has it this hotel is going to be bought by a major chain and upgraded (this came from the bellman and if true would be great). We stayed on the ninth floor, which was very rundown with extremely old washroom facilites. Our room still had chips on the carpet under the edge of the bed. Even after a long days travel we almost left. The next day we complained and they moved us to the eleventh floor, which was completely redone and was much better. It was clean, relatively modern, and had everything we needed, including a good view. If you stay here ask at check-in for one of the redon...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 15, 2003

Hawaiian Naniloa Hotel
93 Banyan Drive
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii
(808) 969-3333

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Best Things Nearby:Golf course, beaches, snorkeling, shopping center, etc.Best Things About the Resort:The units were quite large and very spacious. In addition there is a pool and hot tub near every building.Resort Experience:We were extremely happy with this timeshare, and it's the second best one that we have ever seen or stayed at. Everything is relatively close and the resort staff were very good. The units were well-furnished, spacious, and very clean. Any small problems we had were solved immediately and the staff went out of their way to add activities we wanted. Unit Type: 2 Bedroo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 15, 2003

Shell Vacations Club at Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village
78-7190 Kaleiopapa St.
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(808) 324-1550

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Best Things Nearby:Golfing, small shopping plaza.Best Things About the Resort:The units were clean, peaceful, and very paniolo (cowboy) in decor.Resort Experience:The timeshare is far away from anything other than the plaza and golf course, and a rental car is a must. Having said this, you can get to all of the Waikoloa area things that are worth seeing in 15 minutes or less. Unit Type: 2 Bedroom Activities: Fair Amenities: Good Unit Satisfaction: Good Family Friendliness: Fair ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 15, 2003

Paniolo Greens
68-1745 Waikoloa Road
Waikaloa, Hawaii
(808) 883-0600

Ken's House of Pancakes

Restaurant | "Kens Pancake House"

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A pancake house that also serves full meals. We had this recommended by a local girl and were extremely happy (we went both days for breakfast). The service was friendly and the omelets were extremely good. They had many choices, but my favourite was called the Rough Night and had chili and cheese (it sounds bad but tasted great). The prices were right and the service very friendly. If in Hilo, try this place.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 15, 2003

Ken's House of Pancakes
1730 Kamehameha Ave
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
+1 808 935 8711

Kawaihae Harbor Grill

Restaurant | "Kawaihai Harbour Grill"

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The food was excellent although a little pricier than we initially expected. Both of the fish of the day dishes were excellent, as was the special, which was a teriyaki steak. There were many locals here (usually a sign of a good restaurant) and the service was quite good.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 16, 2003

Kawaihae Harbor Grill
Kawaihae Road
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii 96743
(808) 882-1368

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This park was great to visit. The Visitor Centre was an excellent place to start and explained how volcanoes were formed, where they were, and what was happening. If you want to try and see lava, check here first. Unfortunately for us the nearest lava when we were there was a nine-mile hike, although at other times you could drive almost into it. Definitely check with the visitor station and rangers when you get there. If lava is not flowing there is a hike (total of about five miles) across the Kileau Calderra, which has many steam vents.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 15, 2003

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Highway 11
Hilo, Hawaii 96718
(808) 985-6000

Punalu’u Beach

Attraction

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The beach is definitely worth seeing as it is truly black sand. Often there are sea turtles crawling right up on the beach (there were two when we were there), which was worth seeing. This beach is really worthwhile going to see but is more of a "stop and see it beach" than a swimming beach. If you are looking for swimming, go elsewhere!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 15, 2003

Punalu’u Beach
Ka’u District
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii

Captain Beans Dinner Cruise

Attraction | "Captain Beans Dinner (Booze) Cruise"

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This was one activity recommended by our concierge that we thoroughly enjoyed. My wife and I left the baby with the grandparents and went on the cruise with three other people we met at the resort. The cruise was a sunset cruise that started with a show and included free drinks and dinner. The food was good (beef, chicken, salad, and much more). The staff put on a good show and were quite helpful in getting drinks and helping to create a fun atmosphere.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 15, 2003

Captain Beans Dinner Cruise
Whark near King K Hotel
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii

A-Bay

Attraction

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The beach looks like it is off a postcard. It is crescent shaped, partly shaded with palms, and looks great. It's apparently good for swimming (although we didn't swim here), but is not great for boogie boarding or snorkeling.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 15, 2003

A-Bay
Behind the Hilton and Marriott
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii

Hapuna Beach State Park

Attraction | "Hapuna Beach"

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This beach is a large golden sand beach that is excellent for swimming, good for boogie boarding, and decent for snorkeling. Just about anyone will enjoy this beach (although it can be windy at times), and we spent a few days here. The snorkeling is way over to the right and boogie boarding is best on the left hand side. We saw a couple of turtles snorkeling as well as about twenty different types of fish. The food at the snack bar is expensive but tasted good.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 15, 2003

Hapuna Beach State Park
Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway
Kona, Hawaii

Dream Cruises

Attraction

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Dream cruises runs an afternoon whale and dolphin watching cruise from the pier. The staff was friendly and laid back and the tour included pop, juice, munchies, etc. We found a pod of dolphins within half an hour of leaving the pier, and apparently this is longer than it usually takes to see dolphins. If you are a dolphin fan as my wife is, I strongly suggest this tour.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 17, 2003

Dream Cruises
Kona Pier
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii