The Big Island – Hawaii


We love visiting Hawaii! The beauty, variety of ecosystems, laid back culture, and friendly people.

Our first visit to Hawaii was in 2010 to Oahu – this was our first real couples vacation after starting our family in 2000. We loved the Polynesian Cultural Center, visiting the Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints during it’s open house, Pearl Harbor, Valley of the Temples, the Lyon Arboretum, Turtle Bay, and much more. For a relatively small island, there is so much to do.

In 2018, we were able to visit Maui. We did our first helicopter tour, snorkeled at Molokini, went paragliding for the first time, went to Punkea for a coconut tour, hiked an awesome muddy hike in Aoi Valley, drove the road to Hana, and enjoyed the sunrise on top of Haleakala Volcano, and more.

This year we have the opportunity to visit the Big Island. We are excited to check off another National Park on our chart – Hawaii Volcanos National Park. Some of the places we plan to visit and things we want to do include:

  1. Akaka Falls State Park
  2. Kaumana Caves
  3. South Point (the southernmost point of the United States)
  4. Kona Hawaii Temple
  5. White, black, and green sand beaches
  6. Wai’pio Valley on horseback
  7. Kula Kai Caverns
  8. Whale watching
  9. Swimming with a wild dolphin pod
  10. Historic sites in Hana

If you have any suggestions on what to do, we’d love to hear them. Here are other places we are considering:

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