Things to See in Hawaii

Things to See in Hawaii
On Hawaii Island, unforgettable adventures await the outdoor adventurer at every turn. The largest island in the Hawaiian Island chain, the Big Island provides a stellar backdrop to experience a diversity of sights, from the fern-shrouded forests of Kilauea Volcano to the vast, barren lava fields of the Kohala Coast. Beneath the sea, a world of wonder also unfolds. So when planning a trip to the 50th state, consider Hawaii Island for its bounty of geographic offerings.

See Hot, Molten Lava

For more than 20 straight years, hot, molten lava has been continually pouring out of Kilauea Volcano from the Pu'u Oo Vent located near the summit, often oozing directly into the sea via lava tubes or surface flows on the Puna side of the Big Island. Visitors may hike near the flows to witness incredible displays of fiery lava that spatters, flows and fountains over the newly formed lava bench, pouring into the crashing surf below. Conditions change daily. Check with park rangers for the latest updates.


Watch the Ironman World Championships

The mother of all triathlons, the Ironman World Championships comes to Kona, Hawaii, every October. Spanning the coastline from Kailua-Kona to Hawi in the north, the grueling, endurance event tests the mettle of every participant during the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run. Pick a spot at the finish line by the Kailua-Kona pier to watch the world's top athletes cross the line to the roar of the crowd.

View Green Sea Turtles

Green sea turtles frequent shorelines reefs and beaches throughout the islands, especially in shallow waters where coral reefs are present. In South Kona, Ke'ei Beach can be reached by hiking or driving down a dirt road that hugs the shoreline just south of Kealakekua Bay in Napo'opo'o. Dozens of turtles frequent the calm waters that offer plentiful algae and food sources for these protected marine animals. It is illegal to touch or harass green turtles, so enjoy them from a distance while floating in the water.

Explore Ancient Petroglyphs

Because of its prolific lava fields, the Big Island plays host to countless petroglyphs, rock art carved by ancient Hawaiians depicting images of families, fishermen, warriors and other images of life in early Hawaii. On the Hilo side, images depicting a total eclipse can be seen near the volcano's eruption site by the sea, while the flat lava fields on the Kohala Coast provide the opportune hiking and viewing destination for a petroglyph safari.

Enjoy the Undersea World

Rent a kayak and ply through the waters of Kailua-Kona, where colorful, tropical fish and marine life abound. Or simply book a snorkel cruise. Kona's most popular snorkel cruise, the Fair Wind leaves twice daily from Keauhou Bay on route to nearby Kealakekua Bay to the south. Providing all the needed snorkel gear, the Fair Wind cruise also offers a barbecue lunch on deck.

78-7130 Kaleiopapa St.
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(808) 322-2788


Article Written By Karen Sprinkles

Karen Sprinkles has been a freelance writer since 1988. She's currently the managing editor of a luxury home magazine and has written for regional newspapers and magazines. Sprinkles received the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association for "The Hawaii Home Book," which reached No. 1 on the Hawaii bestsellers list. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California.

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