Big Island

Hawaii Island, also called Big Island, is the youngest of the Hawaiian Islands and also the largest. Strong and majestic, it offers an equally bold driving experience, from roadside stories that speak of a remarkable native culture to the infinite colors of nature’s paintbrush.

Home to Paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) and Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes, Big Island offers experiences found in no other place on earth. A variety of climatic zones, from seasonal snowcapped mountains to black sand beaches, stretch across its vast topography creating rich pockets of adventure for visitors to explore.

In Hawaiian, the term “holo holo” means to go for a drive or a ride. So if your Big Island travels lead you on a holo holo down some almost forgotten byway, you know it was meant to be. In case you are wondering, a rental car is a must and we recommend Hawaii Car Rental.

The Kona Coast is the favored side of Big Island with more sun, water activities, golf and beaches. Honu Kai is centrally located on the Kona Coast and within minutes of a multitude of things to see and do, as well as, many shops and restaurants.

Concierge Class Service

Building upon many years of experience in executive hospitality and travel services, Honu Kai provides our guests with true concierge class service. We have excellent knowledge of the island, tours, restaurants and private air & ground transportation.

We invite you to experience our commitment to quality guest services, beginning with your trip planning to Big Island . . . even before you book with us. We believe you will find it "Beyond Compare"!

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Watch the landscape change before your very eyes at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This is the home of Kilauea volcano, one of the most active volcanoes on earth. The chance to witness the primal process of creation and destruction make this park one of the most popular visitor attraction in Hawaii and a sacred place for Native Hawaiians.

At the heart of the park are the Kīlauea and Mauna Loa active volcanoes. The Crater Rim Drive passes steam vents and the Jaggar Museum, which features volcanology exhibits and a viewpoint overlooking Halema'uma'u Crater. Thick ferns mark the entrance to the Thurston Lava Tube (Nāhuku). The Chain of Craters Road weaves over lava. Trails crisscross the park.

Located just east of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana offers a good view of activity from Kilauea’s Puu Oo vent, the source of the volcano’s most recent activity. Lava flow entering the ocean can be observed from the ocean on a permitted tour boat, from above by helicopter or from land via a 6 mile hike. Conditions change from day to day, so lava viewing experiences can vary.

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Snorkeling & Diving with Manta Rays

Of all the ocean activities available in Kona few, if any of them, offer more excitement and enchantment than night snorkeling with manta rays off of the Big Island. The world’s largest species of ray, the manta rays found off the Big Island of Hawaii can have wingspans measuring upwards of 20 feet, and swimming alongside these "Butterflies of the Sea" is awe inspiring! Snorkeling with the manta rays is available for those who aren’t certified scuba divers or those who prefer to be surface based for the adventure.

The Kona Coast is the best place to spot manta rays in Hawaii. The best way to experience manta rays is to go on a night boat tour. Attracted by the plankton in the water illuminated by lights, certified scuba divers on the ocean floor and snorkelers on the surface are treated to an amazing show as giant mantas glide and somersault in mesmerizing patterns. The mantas often swim within inches of scuba divers and snorkelers, always managing to avoid contact at the last second. Getting this close to these ethereal mantas is truly an experience of a lifetime.

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Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

Located on the coast of Honaunau Bay in south Kona, Puuhonua o Honaunau immerses you in Hawaiian culture. This 180-acre national historic park was once the home of royal grounds and a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers.

Hundreds of years old yet beautifully restored, Puuhonua o Honaunau remains one of Hawaii's most sacred historic places. Follow the park map and take a self-guided walking tour and explore the grounds including the Great Wall, standing 10-feet high and 17-feet thick. Fierce kii, or wooden images of gods, guard the Hale o Keawe Heiau, a sacred temple that housed the bones of 23 alii (chiefs).

Beautiful at sunset, this sacred place gives visitors an important glimpse into early Hawaiian culture.

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Golf on Big Island

With some of Hawaii’s most magnificent courses to choose from, Hawaii Island is known as the “Golf Capital of Hawaii.” Discover courses along the Kohala Coast, such as the Jack Nicklaus designed Hualalai Golf Course, the championship Francis H. I'i Brown courses of the Mauna Lani Resort and the Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed courses at Mauna Kea Resort. Not to be outdone, play the two courses of the Waikoloa Beach Resort designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Discover a variety of other hidden gems throughout Hawaii Island and play amongst the striking contrasts of lush green fairways, pure white bunkers, jet-black lava flows and turquoise Pacific waters.

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Horseback Riding in Waipio Valley

The paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) culture is a big part of the lifestyle and history of Hawaii Island. With a wealth of scenic, open landscapes and other spots throughout the island, ranchers are happy to share their paniolo stories and knowledge with you on horseback.

Hawaii Island offers a variety of fun ways to saddle up for an unforgettable paniolo experience. From scenic storytelling tours by horse-drawn wagon to a hands-on chance to take the reins and go on a real cattle drive. Choose from a diverse selection of beautiful environments to ride through including the upcountry pastures of Kahua Ranch, the tropical Waipio Valley stream and waterfalls trails, or the southern reaches of a historic trail to Kealakekua Bay – complete with swimming and snorkeling. As you ride along these scenic vistas you’ll see why horseback riding on Hawaii Island is truly unique.


 

Mauna Kea Summit Star Gazing

The Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station, at the 9,200 foot (2,800 m) level of Mauna Kea, has a free stargazing program currently held on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM.

The program begins at 6:00 PM with the showing of First Light, a documentary about Mauna Kea made by PBS Hawaii about the history of the mountain from both astronomical and cultural perspectives. After the video, telescopes are set up for viewing. As soon as it's dark enough, a star tour will be given, using a laser pointer to point out the objects visible that night.

Please note that often, near-freezing night time temperatures are experienced at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Center at all times of the year. Please, dress warmly! Also, a red-filtered flashlight will help you navigate safely to and from the parking lot.

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