Beyond Honokaa: The Top 3 Things to Do on the Big Island

The beautiful town of Honokaa provides many things to do on the Big Island (referred as Hawaii Island by locals). There is such a diversity of activities that you can take on, that sometimes the hard part is to choose which ones to do during your stay. To help you with your decision, here is a list of the top 3 things to do on the Big Island: visit the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, bike the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and trek the Akaka Falls State Park.

1. Panaewa Rainforest Zoo
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 959-7224

http://www.hilozoo.com

At the top of the things to do on the Big Island list is a visit to the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, also known as the Hilo Zoo. This zoo not only has no admission cost but also is just a short drive away from more than one Honokaa Bed and Breakfast. The main attraction of this zoo is Namaste, an exotic white tiger that has an enormous enclosure full of amenities such as lily pond. It is a good idea to schedule your visit to the zoo with Namaste's daily feeding time at 3:30 p.m. so you can take lots of photographs of him. Also, the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo holds a weekly petting zoo every Saturday, where children can interact with local animals.

2. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Crater rim Dr
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718
(808) 985-6000

http://www.national-park.com

 

 

This volcano park is amazing because it allows you to experience active volcanoes in a safe environment. At this park you will find several attractions such as hot steam vents, a museum and much more. However, the main attraction is the opportunity to bike from the bottom to the summit of some of the volcanoes such as Pele. Several local companies offer guided bike rides that you will take on either paved roads or off-road trails, depending on your level and preference. If you get too tired, there will always be a van nearby following you so that you can take a breather or refresh with some water or snacks. Once you reach the summit of the volcano, you can get as close to magma as possible.

3. Akaka Falls State Park

Akaka Falls Rd
Honomu, HI 96728
(800) 464-2924

http://www.hawaiistateparks.org

 

 

This state park is a must from any list of things to on the Big Island. Just a short drive from your Honokaa Inn, the Akaka Falls State Park has several waterfalls but the largest one is the Akaka, standing tall at over 400 feet (120 meters). Once at the park, you will be able to select between 2 trails. There is one trail that leads directly to the Akaka Falls, while there is another one that allows you to stop at the other waterfalls. It is a good idea to wear comfortable hiking boots, and beware slippery areas during rainy days. Photo enthusiasts will be happy to visit the Akaka Falls State Park because here they will find several photo opportunities that range from exotic flora and fauna to breathtaking panoramic views from the waterfalls.