Adventures Near Hale Kukui Ola... 
Kehena Black Sand Beach 
Swimming and Dolphin Watching  
A spontaneous encounter with wild Hawaiian spinner dolphins is sometimes possible while swimming at Kehena, the nearby (clothing optional) black sand beach, less than one mile south of Sea View on Hwy 137.  The broad expanse of black sand can be viewed from the Kehena Lookout.  The beach is accessed down a cliff trail (good hiking sandals are recommended) and the surf and currents can be rough, so watch how the locals get in and out of the water. 
MacKenzie Park Lava Tube and Shell Beach 
North on Hwy 137 is MacKenzie Park, full of evergreen ironwood trees that have dropped a carpet of needles onto the floor along a dramatic coastline featuring 100-foot cliffs that drop off into incredible blue, deep water. Anyone interested in Hawaiian history will enjoy seeing the restored portion of the old King's Highway (the foot path around the entire island marked by a rock wall used for travel in ancient times). Walk through this mysterious grove of trees and then explore the dark and humid cave formed by Pele's lava. 

Isaac Hale Park 
Further north is Isaac Hale, a popular surfing and boogie boarding beach that is a local favorite for camping and boat launching.  There is also a small hot pond heated by underground steam vents, just past the red house to the right of the boat launch.   
Tide Pools Snorkeling and Ahalanui Beach Park 
In Kapoho Vacationland Estates you’ll find a protected natural marine reserve with amazing oceanic flora and fauna. Also called "coral gardens," Kapoho is the home of three different coralloid types: blue, yellow and white, where tropical Hawaiian reef fish abound (yellow tang, needle fish, lemon butterfly and many more).  
After this exhilarating adventure, soak, swim and relax at Ahalanui, a large saltwater pond heated by underground geothermal forces at work since the 1960 Kilauea eruption that destroyed Kapoho village.  Ahalanui Park is located 9 miles north of Sea View on Hwy 137. 
Lava Tree State Park and Steam Vents 
Lava Tree State Park is a captivating area with a trail that takes you back to ancient volcanic eruptions. Hundreds of years ago, a fast moving flow of hot lava hit this patch of wet Ohia trees. The lava forever encased the trees leaving behind vertical, hollow, lava tubes where each tree once stood. You will be amazed by the exotic landscape that includes lava tree molds of petrified trees and huge cracks in the earth. 
Continue on with your volcanic wonder experience by treating yourself to a relaxing sauna in steamy natural lava caves, also known as steam vents, right above Opihikao village. 
Champagne Pond 
If swimming with green sea turtles (honu) in their natural environment intrigues you, this is what awaits you at Champagne Pond.  Be mindful and keep your distance, as you watch them move elegantly in this warm water ocean pond.  The Champagne Pond is located in a gated Kapoho community.  You can park outside the gate and walk in or ask a friendly resident to “beep” you in.   Or, you can take the four wheel drive road which fronts the lighthouse.
Hike on land that is less than 25 years old! Kalapana's lava flow dates back only to 1983. You can take a hike over the lava field to a newly formed black sand beach (no swimming). On a clear day you can view the current eruption in the distance and see smoke rising up from Pu'u O'o, Kilauea's main magma vent. 
On your way back, enjoy a refreshing tropical shake or ono (good) food at the Kalapana Village Café.  Maybe talk story with some locals at the Hawaiian family compound next door or try a shot of awa (ava) root, while listening to a short Hawaiian serenade.  On the property there is a nature trail guiding you through native Hawaiian plants, an open air museum discussing the proposed re-instated Hawaiian Nation and history of the lava takings in the area.  Jose at Lava’s End can tell many stories of up close & personal lava experiences and has custom photos of lava activity for sale.   
World Botanical Gardens and UmaUma Falls
The 300-acre World Botanical Gardens were recently born out of a famous sugarcane field and turned into an exciting botanical attraction. With over 30,000 species of plants, as well as a unique Wedding Grove where newlyweds and not-so-newlyweds can plant their own memorial native Hawaiian tree, these gardens offer unique flora viewing and photo opportunities. After meandering through botanical wonders, view the spectacular triple-tier UmaUma Falls cascading nearly 300 feet through pristine tropical forest. UmaUma Falls display the immense power of erosion at its peak: the three separate falls cascading down will eventually merge into one tremendous torrent rivaling neighboring Akaka Falls. 
Volcanoes National Park 
Explore the summit of Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes. Visit the home of Pele, goddess of Hawaii's volcanoes, at Halemaumau Crater. Experience steam vents, sulfur banks, rain forest, lava tubes, petroglyphs and much more. Complete this extraordinary adventure by witnessing active lava flows!  Volcanoes National Park also frequently offers special Hawaiian cultural events where you can watch Kahiko Hula (ancient style) being performed at the crater rim, Hawaiian arts and crafts, and more. 
Local  Farmers’ Markets  
Stroll through Hilo's Wednesday or Saturday morning Farmers’ Market to enjoy an abundance of local produce, exotic flowers, and Hawaiian crafts. On Sunday mornings in Pahoa, there are two Farmers’ Markets – a small one right in town behind Luquin’s and the larger Maku’u Market on Hwy 130 toward Keaau.  
Waterfalls, Hilo Bayfront and Beach 
North of  Hilo are spectacular Rainbow falls, Boiling Pots, and Pe'epe'e Falls for beautiful views and a chance to swim in natural pools, fed by mountain waters (weather permitting). At Akaka Falls, hike through lush rainforest and ginger patches to discover one of Hawaii's tallest falls (over 400 ft.) from the top of the falls! Continue on along the riverbanks to a secluded, two-tiered waterfall, with a natural swimming pool.  
Along Hilo’s Bayfront, visit Queen Liliuokalani gardens, Banyan Drive and Coconut Island. 
Continue on for great swimming and snorkeling at Richardson's beach.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
Located on a nine-acre campus above the University of Hawaii-Hilo, with spectacular views of Hilo Bay, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center provides a unique experience for visitors, students, and families seeking to explore the connections between Hawaiian cultural traditions and the science of astronomy.
‘Imiloa features interactive exhibits, planetarium shows (this planetarium is the first in the world to have 3D stereoscopic capabilities), group tours, a wonderful store, a cafe, and a full schedule of events.

Hula Festivals 
Every April, Hilo is the host to the world’s most famous Hula competition, the Merrie Monarch Festival.  Check on dates and order tickets way in advance! 
Kalani Honua Eco-Resort 
Located just one mile north on Hwy 137 is Kalani Honua, which offers day use of their facilities (including a pool, sauna and hot tubs), a buffet-style restaurant, yoga classes and a variety of massage treatments to choose from.  Call for prices and availability (965-7828). 

Hilo Shopping 
Near the airport heading from Hilo toward Pahoa: 
You’ll pass Prince Kuhio Mall.  As well as Walmart, Target, Office Max,
Sears, Macy’s, Safeway and Long’s Drugs. 
Pahoa Shopping
Last chance for groceries & gas! (13 miles to Hale Kukui Ola)

Pahoa Shopping Center (Malama Market Center): 
Malama Market (groceries, deli, inexpensive snorkel masks & other water gear)
Jungle Love (island cards, prints, pareos)
Pahoa Fresh Fish Market – fresh catch of the day 
Subway (sandwiches)
Pahoa Hardware 
Aloha Petroleum 
Downtown Pahoa: 
Island Naturals Health Foods, 
First Hawaiian Bank/Bank of Hawaii (ATMs), 
7 Eleven (open 24 hours) 
Paul’s Repair – Gas & mini market 
Pahoa Dining:
Mighty Sushi
Luquin’s (American/Tex-Mex)
Paolo’s Bistro (Italian) 
Ning’s Thai

Local Attractions