Located on the largest island of the most remote archipelago on the planet, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park offers a fascinating glimpse into the geologic processes that make Hawai’i special. The park has much to offer for travelers seeking a rugged, “real” view of Hawai’i along with fascinating history, intriguing geology, and unique biology. One of our favorite ways to experience this magical place is to head out on one of the park’s stunning day-hikes. Read on for a guide to the most interesting attractions and hikes, plus tips on getting there and what to bring.
In Kona, coffee is king. Introduced back when mule-drawn carts and horses were still the primary mode of transport in the 19th century, Kona families have farmed and made a living from coffee for over 200 years on the slopes of Hualalai volcano. Relatively new on the scene is the coffee shop.
One of our favorite parts of traveling is the food. Forget about the snazzy tourist traps with overpriced, mediocre renditions of your hometown fare. It’s time to duck into that side alley and eat where the locals eat. Delicious, cheap, and worth the lunchtime line.