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Island of Hawaiʻi Travel Tips: Travel Pono
For local business owner Soni Pomaski, travel pono means having a positive impact on the place you visit, because it's somebody else's home. When you follow her advice, you may notice an especially warm welcome from this revered island.
Island of Hawaiʻi Travel Tips: Culture
Perhaps the most lasting experience of the island of Hawaiʻi, at least for visitors fortunate enough to seek it out, is the spirit of welcome. It's exemplified by Uncle Earl Regidor, a cultural advisor who welcomes all.
Island of Hawaiʻi Travel TIps: Land Safety
The island of Hawaiʻi has more land to venture into than all the other Hawaiian islands combined. But before you embark on a hike, take a few local tips with you, from trail safety expert Jason Cohn.
- OUTLOOK: An outlook is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is possible in the next week. Outlooks are intended to raise awareness of the potential for significant weather that could lead to situations that may threaten life or property.
- ADVISORY: An advisory is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent, or likely. Advisories are for less serious conditions than warnings, that cause significant inconvenience and, if caution is not exercised, could lead to situations that may threaten life or property.
- WATCH: A watch is issued when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location or timing is still uncertain. A watch means that hazardous weather is possible. Have a plan of action in case a storm threatens, and listen for more information and possible warnings, especially when planning travel or outdoor activities.
- WARNING: A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent, or likely. A warning means weather conditions pose a threat to life or property. If you are in the path of the storm you need to take protective action.
Exploring lava fields is fascinating, but cracks and sinkholes can be unstable and falls from crumbling edges have caused serious injuries and deaths. Please keep your distance.
Soaring cliffs are beautiful, but they can also be the source of unpredictable rockfalls. Please pay attention to your surroundings and do not venture into harm's way.
Wear Appropriate Shoes
Lava rock can be as sharp as it is beautiful. Please wear sturdy shoes and long pants when exploring, as falling on lava rock is like falling on broken glass.
Hiking After Dark
Because of the instability of the terrain, hiking after dark is too dangerous even for those who know the area well. Please allow enough time to return before dusk.
- 1. Clean your gear (Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death) - ʻŌhiʻa, the most abundant native tree in the state of Hawaiʻi, are dying very quickly from a fungal disease called Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death. All districts of Hawaiʻi Island have been affected and all trees statewide are threatened by this disease. Please do your part and clean your hiking gear, especially footwear, before and after embarking on a hike to avoid spreading this catastrophic tree disease.
- 2. Natural objects, such as lava rocks, contribute to the beauty and wonderment of the National Parks and should be left as they were found, so that others can experience a sense of discovery. Please respect our natural treasures and do not take lava rocks with you.
- 9-1-1 — Serious medical problem, fire, life-threatening situation or crime in progress. Be aware of your location.
- 9-1-1 (text) — Only text 9-1-1 if you are unable to make a voice call.
- 808-935-3311 — Non-emergency, non-life-threatening. Hawaiʻi County Police Department.
- 808-961-8300 — Crime Stoppers, to provide anonymous tips. Hawaiʻi County Police Department.
- Visitor Services (808) 926-8274 - Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaiʻi - provides support services to visitors in need. Call for initial assistance until family and friends at home can be contacted.