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8 great things to do in Hawaii Island … for free


    A ranger teaches children about the Ohia Lehua plant in the Kahuku Unit of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.


    Visitors to the Greenwell Farms Tour learn how coffee is processed Bean to cup.


    The monthly Kamaaina Observatory Tour takes turns visiting various Maunakea observatories, including the Japanese Subaru observatory. Guided tours to this facility can also be booked directly with Subaru.


    Kings & # 39; Shops is sponsoring a tour that features intriguing information about petroglyphs, images painted by the early Hawaiians in lava.

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Have you ever thought about an island vacation in Hawaii? Do it! Apart from the relatively small area affected by the Kilauea outbreak, the roads are open and businesses – including hotels, restaurants and travel companies – are working as usual. Even better, the top-notch activities and attractions below will not give you a dime back. More information can be found on the websites.


Not all National Parks of Hawaii Volcanoes are closed. The Kahuku Unit, a 50-minute drive south of the main entrance, welcomes visitors for talks that feature eruption updates and an overview of the natural, cultural and historical features of the area.

With practical cultural programs you can make a lukewarm hala bracelet, ti leaf lei and more. Guided hikes explore varied landscapes from pastures to lava fields to native forests. The day of the Ka & u Ohana family takes place from 12.00 to 15.00. September 16

>> Where: Mauka Page of Highway 11 near Mile Marker 70.5, Kau
>> Hours: 9am to 4pm Wednesdays to Sundays
>> Telephone: 808-985-6350
>> Website: nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/kahuku-hikes.htm


More than 80 Species live on bamboo fields, orchids, bromeliads and palm trees on a 12-acre forest reserve. The Bengali tigers Sriracha and Tzatziki are always attracting crowds. Also count alligators, monkeys, anteaters, iguanas, macaws, turtles, and creatures with strange names like Binturong, Kinkajou, and Northern Bluetong Skink.

Children will love to meet turtles, goats, chickens, guinea pigs, miniature horses and more at the petting zoo, open from 13:30 to 14:30 Saturdays

>> Address: 800 Stainback Highway, Hilo
>> Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm every day except Christmas and New Year
>> Phone: 808-959-7224
>> Homepage: hilozoo.org [19659011] MOKUPAPAPA DISCOVERY CENTER

The largest contiguous nature reserve in the United States, the "Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument" stretches over 582,578 square miles of the Pacific Ocean and begins 100 miles northwest of Kauai. It houses an amazing variety of birds, flora, fauna and marine life, many of which are unique to Hawaii.

The Mokupapapa Discovery Center was founded in 2003 to raise awareness of this water wonderland. Highlights include a 3,500 gallon saltwater aquarium with endemic Papahanaumokuakea fish, including an orange butterflyfish, one of only five exhibited worldwide (the others are in the Bishop Museum and the Waikiki Aquarium).

Watch videos from research on expeditions; Examine exhibits on topics such as marine litter, coral reefs and the endangered monk seal; and get on board a model of the famous travel canoe Hokule & # 39; a.

One-hour talks start at 17:30. on the third Thursday of each month revolve around conservation issues. On September 20, representatives of Liquid Robotics (liquid-robotics.com) will discuss how their wave- and solar-powered robots collect and transmit ocean data.

>> Address: 76 Kamehameha Ave. Hilo
>> Hours: 9 am to 4 pm Tuesday to Saturday
>> Phone: (808) 933-8180
>> Website: 808ne.ws/papa- center


Once a month, residents can visit two of the ten world-famous observatories at the top of Mauna Kea. These facilities, which are not normally open to the public, have teamed up with the Imiloa Astronomy Center (imiloahawaii.org) to present a 6.5-hour tour of interest in astronomy and the cultural, scientific, and environmental importance of Berges awakens.

are Sept. 15 (Keck and NASA Infrared Telescope Facility), Oct. 20 (Canada, France, Hawaii Telescope and Gemini), Nov. 17 (Subaru and East Asian Observatory) and Dec. 8 (Keck and Submillimeter Array) , Subaru is the only observatory that can be visited at other times; Details can be found at 808ne.ws/subarutours.

>> Meeting Point: Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station at Mauna Kea's 9,200 foot elevation. Transportation from there to the summit is provided.
>> Tours: Reservations must be made online. Two tours, each limited to 24 people, are scheduled every day. Tours run from 6:30 to 13:00 and 10:30 to 17:00
>> Email: [email protected]
>> Website: kamaainaobservatoriumexperience.org


More than 1,600 artifacts and museum-quality artwork from Japan, India, Thailand, New Guinea, Fiji, Hawaii, and other Asian and Pacific countries adorn the lobby, corridors, and courtyards of the "Grande Dame of the Kohala Coast." , The priceless collection includes chests, carvings, drums, sculptures, statues, Hawaiian quilts and Kapa (tapa) from the 6th to the 20th centuries

Only a few pieces are framed at the request of Laurance S. Rockefeller, the founder of the hotel or issued cases. He thought Mauna Kea was his home, and he wanted the guests to experience it without any barriers or "do not touch" signs. A 75-minute guided tour will be led by art connoisseur Patti Cook, who overseen the hotel's publicity for 20 years.

>> Address: 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Kohala Coast
>> Tour: 10 am on Saturdays; No reservations required, and you do not have to be a hotel guest. Meeting in the lobby.
>> Phone: 808-882-7222
>> Homepage: 808ne.ws/mkea-arttour


Canoes, turtles, fish, stick figures, geometric patterns and more – the meaning of ki pohaku (petroglyphs), images carved in lava rock, is unclear. Some scholars think they are records of remarkable events, from births to battles. Others believe that they have religious significance. Still others claim that they are signs left by travelers as they pass through an area – much like initials on a tree.

About 25,000 petroglyphs cover a 2-acre lava field at Waikoloa Resort; the earliest mention of 600 AD. Hawaiian cultural practitioner Michaela Larson gives insights into the fascinating drawings during a one-hour walk.

>> Meeting Point: Fish and Chips Lakeside, Kings Shops, 250 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa
>> Tours: 9:30 am Thursdays and Fridays; no reservations required
>> Telephone: 808-886-8811
>> Website: kingsshops.com/weekly-events


1850 Henry Nicholas Greenwell left England and settled in rural Kona, where he dedicated his life to animal husbandry and agriculture. Fourth and fifth generation Greenwells today oversee the family coffee business.

Learn more about growing, harvesting, processing and roasting coffee on a 30-minute guided tour of 150-acre Greenwell Farms. You will see Arabica trees that are more than a century old and still produce. The tour concludes with tastings of different beers.

>> Address: 81-6581 Mamalahoa Highway, Kealakekua
>> Tours: 8.30am to 4.00pm Daily; no reservations required
>> Telephone: 808-323-2295
>> Homepage: greenwellfarms.com


Once a week, the aroma of sweet, white and whole wheat bread Baked in a wood-burning oven blows from the pasture under the headquarters of the Kona Historical Society. The Forno is a reproduction of the igloo-shaped stone oven used by Portuguese immigrants who settled in Kona in the 1880s.

The staff, visitors and Kamaina roll dough, shape it and place it in pans to bake. Warm breads are sold for $ 8 each, whoever comes first, first serve, until they are gone.

>> Address: 81-6551 Mamalahoa Highway, Kealakekua
>> Hours: 10:00 to 12:30 on Thursdays
>> Phone: 808-323-3222
>> Website: konahistorical.org

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