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27-717 Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou, HI 96781, USA

The journey rivals the destination at this favorite island highlight. Wind along six spectacular kilometers (almost four miles) of coastline, playing peekaboo with the jungle, to reach this private nature reserve beside Onomea Bay. By the time...

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The ire of Mount Kilauea reforges the world before visitors' eyes. Nicknamed "the World's Only Drive-In Volcano," it’s produced serious lava every day since 1983 with no signs of stopping. Pele—the fire goddess who lives here,...
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Mauna Kea Summit Rd, Hawaii, USA

At 4,205 meters (13,800 feet), Hawaii's tallest peak gets frosted by snow in winter. In fact, Mauna Kea holds the world record at 10,211 meters (33,500 feet) when measured from its submerged base to its summit, compared with Everest's 8,848 meters...

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600 Imiloa Pl, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
NASA-funded ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center brings the wonders of space down to earth on the Big Island with a mix of Hawaiian culture and modern, whiz-bang science. It includes a state-of-the-art planetarium, a replica of Mauna Kea's summit, and a...
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Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

Otherwise known as the Hilo Walk of Fame, stately Banyan Drive is lined by trees planted by celebs and then named for them. Everyone from Babe Ruth to Amelia Earhart has put down roots here. When you’ve had enough arboreal fun, head for...

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76 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Explore the coral-reef wonders of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands at this free and incredibly family-friendly center on the Big Island. Interactive displays include a volcanic exhibit, a submersible with robot arms, and a huge 3,500-gallon...
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276 Haili St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

You can get a bite-size, yet intense, blast of Hawaiian culture and its native people at this Smithsonian-affiliated museum, formerly part of the Lyman Mission House, built for 19th-century proselytizers David and Sarah Lyman from New England....

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Pāhoa, HI 96778, USA

This beach and surrounding land didn’t even exist 20 years ago. Mount Kilauea’s lava reached the shoreline at Kalapana, destroying its fishing village, several surfing spots and the original Kaimu Black Sand Beach with its splendid...

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130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

From the museum's windows, the sea might look deceptively calm. But as the islanders know all too well, tectonic activity can change that in a heartbeat. This museum’s mission is to provide tsunami education; inside you can discover how...

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2-198 Rainbow Dr, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

For sheer magic a short hop from downtown Hilo, head to the Waianuenue Falls, or Rainbow Falls. Named after the brilliant rainbows formed in its mist, this powerful cascade drops 24 meters (79 feet) to the valley floor in Wailuku River State Park....