BIG ISLAND RESOURCES


ARCHAEOLOGY

Hapaiali'i and Ke'eku Heiau
Hikiau Heiau
Kalahuipua'a (Mauna Lani Fishponds)
Kealakekua Bay State Historic Park
Kohala Historic Sites State Monument
Ku'emanu Heiau
Lapakahi State Historic Park
Maka O Hule Heiau (Navigation Heiau)
Mo'okini Heiau
Naha Stone
Puako Petroglyphs
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (Place of Refuge)
Pu'ukohola Heiau
Society for Hawaiian Archaeology
Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve


BEACHES

Beach Index
Beaches on the Big Island
Big Island Beaches
Kona Beaches


BOOKSTORES

It's been a tough period for Big Island bookstores in recent years: The Kohala Book Shop in Hawi closed its doors in January of 2009, Borders in Hilo followed in July of 2010, and finally, Borders in Kona closed in 2011. Fortunately there are still good local alternatives out there!

Basically Books (Hilo)
Big Island BookBuyers (Hilo-Pahoa)
Hairy Monkey Books (Hilo)
Kona Bay Books (Kona)
Kona Stories (Kona)
Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park Bookstore
UH Hilo Bookstore (Hilo)


COMMUNITIES

Eden Roc Estates
Hawaiian Paradise Park
Hilo
Honoka'a
Kalapana

Kau Web
Volcano Village
Waimea (Kamuela)


EMERGENCIES & MEDICAL

Hospitals and ER Facilities

Hawaiian Health Systems
Hospital - Hilo: Hilo Medical Center
Hospital - Honoka'a: Hale Ho'ola Hamakua
Hospital - Kealakekua: Kona Community Hospital
Hospital - Pahala: Ka'u Hospital
Hospital - Waimea: North Hawaii Community Hospital
Kaiser Permanente

Immediate and Urgent Care

Urgent Care - Hilo Urgent Care - Hilo (Kauka Express): 808-934-7775
Urgent Care - Keaau: 808-966-7942
Urgent Care - Kohala (Kapaau) 808-987-7608
Urgent Care - Kona (Hualalai): 808-327-4357
Urgent Care - Kona (Alii Drive): 808-322-2544
Urgent Care - Waikoloa (North Kona): 808-987-7608
Urgent Care - Waimea: 808-885-0660

Information

Book: All Stings Considered (by C. Thomas and S. Scott)
Book: Pests of Paradise (by S. Scott and C. Thomas)
Book: Poisonous Plants of Paradise (by S. Scott and C. Thomas)
Centipede Bites
Dengue Fever
Rat Lungworm
Sunburn
Urchin Encounters
VOG Details
9-1-1


ENTERTAINMENT AND EVENTS

Akebono Theater (Pahoa) - RIP: 01/15/2017 (see above)
Aloha Theater (Kealakekua)
Hawaiian Cinemas (Open and Closed)
Honoka'a People's Theatre (Honoka'a)
Kahilu Theater (Waimea)
Kilauea Military Camp Theater (Volcano)
Kona Brewers Festival (Kona)
Laupahoehoe Music Festival (Laupahoehoe)
Movie Theaters: Hilo (Kress Cinema)
Movie Theaters: Hilo (Palace Theater)
Movie Theaters: Hilo
Movie Theaters: Kona
Volcano Art Center (Volcano)
Waimea Community Theatre (Waimea)


FOOD

There's lots of choices on the Big Island and here are some places to start.

Alternative Hawaii
Farmer's Markets
Tripadvisor
Zomato
Yelp


GETTING AROUND THE ISLAND

Bus Service
Car Rental: Car Rentals Hawaii
Car Rental: Harper
Motorcycle Rental: Hawaii Harley
Puna Traffic Cams


HAWAIIAN CHAIN (ARCHIPELAGO)


HIKING & TRAILS

Big Island Trails
Big Island Webcams
Hawaii Island Birding Trail
Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park
Hiking Trails (Alternative Hawaii)
Hiking Trails (Instant Hawaii)
NaAlaHele Trail & Access System


IPHONE/IPAD APPS

Here's the Big Island-centric apps that we still have loaded on our Apple phones and tablets.

Big Island - Hawaii Offline Travel Guide ($)
Bird ID Hawaii ($)
Explore Hawai'i Volcanoes ($)
Exploring the Big Island
Fish ID Hawaii Pro ($)
Geology of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii Revealed - Big Island Coming in 2017 (replaces Big Island Revealed app, our personal favorite)
Kilauea Iki Trail - Hawai'i Volcanoes ($)
Plants of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Reef Fish Hawaii ($)

MAPS

3D Hawaii
Amazon: Big Island Maps
Google Maps: Big Island Favorites
Google Maps: Big Island Hikes
Google Maps: Big Island Parks
Google Maps: Big Island Snorkeling
Google Maps: Big Island Sights
Kilauea Map
Map Selection
USGS National Map
Virtual Field Trip
Volcanoes National Park



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MOVING TO THE BIG ISLAND

Did your visits to the Big Island make a big enough impression so that you're considering a permanent move? There's plenty to like here but there's also a lot to consider when planning a relocatione like this. The following links will help.
Book: Affordable Paradise
Book: Island Life 101
Book: Living and Retiring in Hawaii
Book: So You Want to Live in Hawaii
Book: The REAL Facts About Moving To Hawaii - Author's Personal Move to Oahu
Book: Your Ideal Hawaii Move - A Guide for Moving to Hawaii Island
Hawaii Car Transport
KonaWeb Forum
Living in South Hawaii
Moving to Hawaii
Moving to Hawaii: Tips and Suggestions
Real Estate Search

Build-Your-Own: Ohana Cottages
Yurts of Hawaii


NEWS

Big Island Chronicle
Big Island Now
Big Island Video News
Big Island Weekly: Shut down in mid-2014
Hawaii Tribune-Herald (Hilo)
North Hawaii News
West Hawaii Today


PARKS AND CAMPING

The process for obtaining camping, A-frame shelter, and cabin permits for state and county parks on the Big Island is pretty convoluted and requires some advance planning.

Alternative Hawaii Guide
Big Island County Parks
Big Island State Parks
Arnott's Lodge
Camping: Camp Ho'okena
Camping: Hawai'i State Parks
Camping: County Parks
Camping: County Park Permits
Camping: State of Hawaii Permits
Camping: State Park Permits
Car Camping: Imua Camper Company
Car Camping: Island RV
National Historic Park: Kaloka-Honokohau
National Historic Park: Pu'uhonua o Honaunau (City of Refuge)
National Historic Park: Pu'ukohola Heiau
National Historic Trail: Ala Kahakai [PDF]

PLACES TO STAY

There's absolutely no shortage of places to stay on the Big Island and the rangea in rental rates and types of accommodations can be stunningly broad. We don't much care for resorts and hotels and tend to favor small and simple cottages in quiet and cozy locations. We used to post a list of recommended places to stay but smartphones and apps like Airbnb have pretty much rendered that approach obsolete.

Aairbnb
Alternative Hawaii
Big Island Vacation Rentals
Craigslist
Flipkey
HomeAway
Vacation Home Rentals
Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO)

Cabins: The Cheap and Rustic Option

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Kalopa State Recreation Area
Namakanipaio (Volcanoes NP)


RESOURCES

101 Things To Do
Alternative Hawaii
Big Island Blog
Big Island of Hawaii Info
Big Island Webcams
Hawaii for Visitors
Instant Hawaii
Island Source
Kohala Center
Kohala Center Sustainability Primer [PDF]
KonaWeb
Love Big Island
Mokupapapa Discovery Center
Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument
Rainwater Catchment Systems for Hawaii [PDF]
Recycling Information: Big Island
Redemption Centers: Big Island [PDF]
Slow Food Hawaii
TO-HAWAII.COM
USGS Publications
Webcam: Kona
YouTube Videos


SNORKELING AND KAYAKING

Amazon: Snorkel Hawaii (2008)
Big Island Snorkeling
Big Island Hawaii Snorkeling Guide eBook
Google Maps: Big Island Snorkeling
Kona Snorkel Spots
ShoreDiving.com: Big Island


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VOLCANOES

And, of course, there's the volcanoes. For the latest news on what's open and what's not at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, click HERE.

Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Kazamura Cave [PDF]
Kilauea Information
Mauna Kea Information
NPS Maps
The Commission on Volcanic Caves
Volcano Art Center
Volcano Gallery
Volcano House History
Webcams: Kilauea/Mauna Loa
Webcams: Mauna Kea
Webcams: Mauna Loa Obervatory
YouTube Volcano Videos

WEATHER

Air Quality
Hawaii Revealed Weather & Surf Links
Hilo (Weather Underground)
Instant Hawaii
Kailua-Kona (Weather Underground)
Mauna Kea Weather Center
NOAA Weather
NOAA Weather Map

Mauka means inland - makai is towards the sea.

09/08/2017
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