Hawaii Island Guidebook

Discover how much there is to see and do on Hawaii Island. Explore this informative guidebook to learn about the island’s top sights and attractions, and the defining qualities that make Hawaii Island so unique. Browse the features below or search the guidebook topics alphabetically.

Top Sights & Attractions

Akaka Falls State Park features two amazing waterfalls, Akaka Falls (442 feet) and Kahuna Falls (100 feet).
There are hundreds of coffee farms in Kona as well as boutique coffee plantations in Kau, Puna and Hilo.
Downtown Hilo is Hawaii Island’s biggest small town featuring centuries-old wooden storefronts — many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places — housing a variety of sophisticated galleries, shops, restaurants and cultural sites.
Take a memorable drive from Hilo to the Waipio Valley Lookout to see scenic overlooks, waterfalls, botanical gardens and small towns.
Spanning the summit of Maunaloa to the sea and home to Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Historic Kailua Village is a lively seaside town in the heart of Kona home to shopping, dining and important historic sites.
The Keauhou resort area, just south of Historic Kailua Village in Kona, is where you can often spot manta rays and honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles).
The Pololu Valley Lookout offers a breathtaking view overlooking Pololu Valley, a black sand beach and the northeastern coastline.
Visit Puuhonua o Honaunau and learn about early Hawaiian history at this National Historic Park, historic place of refuge and former royal grounds.
Part of the National Park System, this historic site is home to one of the largest and last heiau (temple) built in Hawaii.
Recent updates on volcano activity in and around Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island.
Travel to the cool, green pastures of Waimea to discover paniolo (cowboy) country, as well as fine dining, shopping and culture.
Whether for a weekend or for an extended vacation, find an itinerary of must see and must do activities on Hawaii Island to fit your schedule.
From off the beaten path towns to even more adventurous activities, there’s plenty of room for a return visit on Hawaii Island.
Hawaii Island offers a vast topography filled with adventure for the first time visitor.