About Big island
What is the best outfit for Mauna Kea on the Big Island?
Even in Hawaii, the temperature usually drops below 20°C at altitudes exceeding 2,000 m. At Nature School, we recommend clothes such as long pants that are easy to move and stretch not only to prevent cold but also for safety. Also, please wear comfortable shoes rather than flip flops or sandals. Please check each tour information for specific clothing or other items.
What are the main modes of transportation for sightseeing on the Big Island?
Currently, there is a Hele-On Bus operating on the Big Island of Hawaii, but it is not practical for sightseeing because the main purpose is to commute for the locals. We recommend a rental car or a tour. Please check here (https://www.lovebigisland.com/hele-on-bus/) for the timetable and service route of the Heleon bus.
Where are the most recommended beaches on the Big Island?
is commonly called A-bay, and because it is located in Waikoloa Resort, it is often used by guests here. It is famous for its beautiful sunsets on its large beaches.
is the first beach on the island of Hawaii that comes to mind. This beach, which has been selected as No. 1 in the United States, is one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. It is a long white sand beach which is very rare on the Big Island, as many shorelines are lava rock.
commonly known as Kua Bay, is about a 10-minute drive from the Kona airfield. Although it is a popular beach for locals, we recommend the morning because the waves are high throughout the year in the afternoon
Beach Sixty-nine Waialea Bay
s commonly known as Puako. It is a relaxing beach used more by locals than tourists. Recommended for those who want to spend a relaxing time on a hideaway beach
What are the recommended farmers markets on the Big Island of Hawaii?
Farmer's Markets on the Big Island
are an open-air cite with fresh vegetables and fruits grown by local farmers and Hawaiian specialty products. Here are some recommendations.
Kamuela Farmers Market
is the hottest farmers market right now. There are about 20 stores, all of which are run by local people. Crepes here are recommended for lunch, with a wide range of tastes from sweet to BLT. Also, you can enjoy all kinds of gourmet food including Kona coffee and exquisite Thai food. It’s o much fun shopping around here for homemade beef jerky, Waimea vegetables, hand-made accessories, original Hawaiian cards (Thank you cards, etc.), and they have really nice live band performances. There are many parking lots, including on the street.
Maku'u Farmer's Market
is the largest farmer's market on the Big Island on the way to Kalapana, Puna and Pahoa on the eastern side of the Big Island. Vegetables, fruits, Hawaiian flowers, fresh bread and sweets, Thai and Indian food stalls are lined up.
Keauhou Farmers Market by Kona County Farm Bureau
is held every Saturday at the Keauhou Shopping Center where you can enjoy fresh fruits, vegetables and local artists’ crafts. We recommended buying heirloom Kona coffee, directly from local farmers who grew it, that you can’t find at the supermarket.
Waimea Parker School Farmer’s Market
is a farmer's market in the city of Waimea, and this acai bowl is famously delicious. Delectable local breads, vegetables, fruits and crafts are lined up. There are stalls such as Thai food and crepes, so you can have a light meal if you are hungry.
The South Kona Green Market
is held right across from the Manago Hotel every Sunday. In addition to food shops and local artists’ crafts, there are fortune-telling and massage booths, and there is enough to see that you can enjoy just walking around.