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Exploring: The Big Island

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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…

image01Mauna 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!

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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.