Exploring: The Big Island

Posted: Apr 11 2017

Hello! Our #travelwithkayu series returns and we’re overdue for some Vitamin Sea, so we’re headed to The Big Island of Hawaii with travel writer Dulci Edge for some R&R…
Mauna Kea Beach is postcard perfect.
Where to Stay:
The Four Seasons Hualalai is a splurge, but worth it for excellent service, a top notch spa and wonderful dining options. Bonus? It’s just 15 minutes from the airport.
The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is an old standby (it opened in 1965) with a recently refreshed look. Hands down the best beach on the island. Tip: Don’t forget to try a classic Frederico cocktail during sunset at the tiki bar!
Cocktail o’clock
Where to Eat:
Merriman’s is a local institution and a pioneer in the farm to table movement. Everything is delicious, but the lilikoi mimosa for brunch is truly special.
Punalu’u Bake Shop is a must for sweet treats; the malasadas (local doughnuts) and kona coffee ice cream are terrific.
Pueo’s Osteria offers Italian cuisine with a Hawaiian spin. Don’t miss the Caprese salad using fresh Waimea tomatoes.
The perk of jet lag? Seeing the sunrise!
What to Do:
Renting a car with 4×4 drive is a must if you want to check out the black sand beaches of Waipio Valley.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers 150 miles of hiking trail or a drive along the crater rim of an active volcano.
Check out a rodeo in Paniolo Country, just upland from the coastal area.
Most resorts offer rental equipment for snorkeling or stand-up paddleboarding; both great ways to spend your time out on the water!
Plenty of fish in the sea…
We hope you enjoyed this guide to The Big Island. Planning a trip? Check out the other guides from our #travelwithkayu series. 

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