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A Day in Hawai'i (Big Island)

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Puako Petroglyphs

Estimated to be between 200 and 1000 years old, these eerie, timeless remnants of Hawaii's past are at the end of a 0.7 mile paved trail. The trail is easy to maneuver and the scenery is amazing. The first part travels over a vast expanse of lava rock. Eventually it leads into a dry wood forest where crude symbols are carved into large rocks. The historic site is located in the Holoholokai Beach Park.

Kamuela, HI, United States
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Dolphin Quest Hawaii

Located inside the Hilton Waikoloa Village, this dolphin habitat draws visitors from up and down the big island of Hawaii. Dolphin Quest Hawaii offers a variety of programs and encounters for everyone from children to couples. Guests and visitors have the chance to learn about these extraordinary creatures through fun and educational programs. See their website for more information.

Waikoloa, HI, United States
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Kekaha Kai State Park

This is one of the Big Island's best places to swim, sunbathe, picnic and bodysurf. A dirt road off Highway 19 (aka Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway), leads out to Mahai'ula Beach, where a picturesque crescent of golden sand meets the head of a protected bay. Kua Bay, located about a four-mile hike north from the beach, is a good place for more activities. Divers frequently visit the underwater tunnels and the shipwreck off shore. In vehicles that aren't four-wheelers, drives down the one-mile unpaved road to the beach will be a difficult one.

Kailua-Kona, HI, United States
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Kenji's House

One of the more noticeable art galleries in the North Kohala area, this gallery sits along the roadside in an old renovated plantation home. The art cooperative most famous resident is Kenji Yokohama. He grew up on the homestead in an area that was a bustling plantation town. Today, the house consists of a museum, artist studios and galleries in a lush and tropical setting. Artists come for inspiration the North Kohala area, which provides others to come a bit of history and enjoy the amazing talents that have developed in this small plantation home.

Kapa'au, HI, United States
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Kailua-Kona

The center of tourism and industry, Kailua forms the pit stop to anyone visiting the Big Island. Host to myriad of events and festivals through the year, tourist often reach this northern district to catch the vibe of the Hawaiian culture and tradition. Its beach front streets allow you to capture the magic of spectacular sunsets across the ocean. For the more discovering traveler, a number of historic locations and old churches lay waiting among ruins. Be sure to also catch a bit of the underwater action, with sailing and snorkeling options available all down the coast. All in all, Kailua, is a must as either a start or a finish to your Hawaiian adventure.

Kailua-Kona, HI, United States
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Kaloko-Honokohau National Park

Established in 1978, this park is still comparatively new, but it attracts nearly 50,000 visitors per year. It is situated on an ancient settlement and is a must-see for anyone interested in authentic Hawaiian culture and heritage. On the 1,160 acres that comprise the park, visitors can view heiau (places of worship), petroglyphs, fishponds (man-made stone ponds used to raise fish) and other remnants of an ancient community. There is no visitor center on the park, so arriving guests are encouraged to visit the headquarters.

Kailua-Kona, HI, United States
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Hulihe'e Palace

This is one of three palaces in the Hawaiian Islands. It is located in the heart of downtown Kailua-Kona, across from the state's oldest church. From the time of its construction in 1838 up until 1925, the structure was passed down among members of the Hawaiian royal family. It was primarily used as a vacation home, but was converted to a museum after the Territory of Hawaii purchased it in 1925. The palace is currently maintained by the Sisters of Hawaii.

Kailua-Kona, HI, United States
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Kona Pub & Brewery

More than just a restaurant or nightspot, this place is an attraction in its own right. Guests can take a tour through the brewery and end in the tasting room, where a selection of the brewery's varieties of beer and ale are available to sample. The free tours run from Monday through Friday. The restaurant/bar portion is a large, friendly place where hefty, gregarious locals serve pizzas, salads, sandwiches and of course, frosty mugs of beer. For an educational and delicious experience, be sure to check out Kona Pub & Brewery and you'll be sure to leave satisfied.

Kailua-Kona, HI, United States
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Kailua Bay Charter Co.

View schools of tropical fish and exotic sea creatures in their natural habitat. This glass-bottomed vessel, Marian, takes adventurers out to the coral reefs just off the shore of Kailua. Tours depart daily on the hour starting at 10:30am. The charter company's office is located in a little hut on the King Kamehameha property, near the pool and across from the hula complex. Private cruise reservations are also available for groups fewer than 24 people.

Holualoa, HI, United States
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Kamanu Charters

Sailing enthusiasts will without a doubt want to call this company at some point during a stay on the West Side. It claims the distinction of being the only sailing catamaran in Kona Town. The catamaran is large enough to accommodate 24 people, but usually carries fewer. People who shun large tourists crowds should appreciate the peaceful, friendly feeling aboard this boat. Half-day tours include sailing, snorkeling and a light lunch.

Kailua-Kona, HI, United States
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Sea Paradise

Sea Paradise helps you to explore the Hawaiian seascape like no other. With tours in snorkeling, scuba diving and sailing, this organization offers you a wide range of water sports to choose from and also organizes guided tours. While the daily tours take care of the hoards of tourists, it is the arranged tours like 'dinner sail' and private charters, which can be booked for a small group or a special occasion. This ensures an intimate experience and one that you'll have special personal memories of. The rates differ with each tour. So go ahead and have a royal splurge!

Kailua-Kona, HI, United States
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Kona Coffee Living History Farm

It isn't often that one has an opportunity to see the way people lived and worked in the past. This 'Living History' farm allows just that opportunity. It is a representation of the Kona coffee industry in the years between 1925 and 1945. Observe the procedures of an Old Hawaii coffee plantation, from the orchards and fields to the roasting plant. Artifacts and authentic landscapes add to the effect. There is a gift shop onsite. Check website for admission prices and other details.

Captain Cook, HI, United States
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