Hawaii Island Quick Facts
Hawaii Island Highlights:
• Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Home to Kilauea Volcano, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
• Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona): Lively, historic gathering place in the heart of Kona.
• Hilo: Home to botanical gardens, waterfalls and off-the-beaten-path local shops and restaurants.
• Waimea: Experience the cool uplands of paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) country.
• Holualoa: Visit coffee country and taste why 100% Kona coffee is so famous.
Kona International Airport (KOA) in Kona on the west or Hilo International Airport (ITO) in Hilo on the east.
Hawaii Island Resort Areas:
Major resort destinations on Hawaii Island include the Kohala Coast area, Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) and Keauhou, both in Kona. There are also hotels and accommodations in Hilo and Puna on the east side.
Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), 5 hours behind the US East Coast, 6 hours behind during Daylight Saving Time (Hawaii does not observe Daylight Saving Time).
US dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted. Traveler’s checks are accepted at many businesses.
Average temperature: 75˚ - 85˚ F.
Area Code/Cell Phones:
The area code for all of Hawaii is (808). Cell phone coverage is readily available in most places if you’re coming from the continental United States.
Internet access is readily available on Hawaii Island and at many hotels.
Luxury resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, rental cottages and condos are located throughout the island.
Rent a car at Kona International Airport (KOA) or Hilo International Airport (ITO) to explore the island. Other options include tour buses, shuttles, taxis or city buses.
Dress casually. Bring a jacket for nights and rainforests, warmer clothes for higher elevations. Semi-casual dress clothes for restaurants and nightlife. Suits and ties are rarely worn.
U.S. standards apply: 15-20% on meals, at least $1 per bag for porters and at least $1 per night for housekeeping.