Hawaii island's beautiful courses are carved out of ancient lava flows, nestled among historical Hawaiian landmarks, and they front some of the most beautiful coastline in the Pacific. With a perfect climate and spectacular views, every golfer should experience this golfing utopia at least once in a lifetime.
The Kona Coast of Hawaii Island is one of the finest scuba diving spots on the planet. Turtles, mantas, dolphins and large deep-water fish thrive in the clear, warm waters.
Weather & Climate
Weather on all of the Hawaiian Islands is very consistent, with only minor changes in temperature throughout the year. From November to April, the average daytime temperature is 78 degrees (25.6 C). Temperatures at night are approximately 10 degrees F. lower.
The Hawaiian Islands are an incredible collection of many diverse micro-environments, each with its own weather, plants and animals. Nowhere is this more true than on the Big Island.
As a result of the shielding effect of their massive volcanoes and varying elevations, there are as many different climate zones here as exist along the entire coast stretching from Alaska to Costa Rica. For the full impact of this, you need only explore Hawaii Island by car or helicopter to see the beauty of tropical rain forests, cool alpine regions, stony deserts and sunny beaches—all within the span of a day’s drive.
Holoholo: Day Trips
In the Hawaiian language, “holoholo“ means to go strolling or driving to see what you can see. That’s a great way to explore the Big Island, and you’re guaranteed to discover interesting places and people. To get you started, here are two itineraries for East and West Hawaii Island.
Pull Over & Park It in Puna
Deep, untamed jungle. Black sand coastlines. Lava-heated sea pools. Countless flowers. The district of Puna is Hawaii ‘s wildest outpost with a reputation for free spirits, hippies and other nonconformists. Plan at least one full day to revel in Puna’s wild side, or consider staying at a local B&B for a longer look at a more leisurely pace.
The Pampering Pleasures of the Kohala Coast
The Kohala Coast is often perceived as a hedonistic delight—and no wonder. A series of upscale resorts and home developments spring out of the black lavascape like rare blooms, surrounded by exceptional golf courses, and offering extraordinary dining and luxurious spas.
Car Rentals & Transportation
Visitor Information booths are located at both the Kona and Hilo airports, and have personnel on hand to answer questions.
Rental car companies are located just a short distance from both inter-island terminals. Taxis and other ground transportation are available curbside.
Safe and Sound
On an island full of adventure, itís natural to take certain steps to stay safe and sound so you can enjoy Hawaii Island to the fullest.
Carry travelers checks instead of large amounts of cash. Divide money and credit cards.
Keep valuables in your hotel room or a hotel safe. When out for the day, keep essentials with you; donít lock valuables in the car.
Keep an eye on your belongings while on the beach.
It’s crucial to always take care in and around the water. From shore, the clear, tropical waters of the Pacific look inviting, and for the most part they are. But the ocean also commands respect. Strong, hidden currents can easily overpower even the most seasoned swimmer. Diving can be dangerous due to hidden rocks below the surface. Walking on coral can result in cut feet and damaged coral. Itís a good idea to check for jellyfish before entering the water, especially eight to ten days after a full moon.
Standing on rock outcroppings can also be dangerous because of the risk of a sudden, rogue wave. The cardinal rule: never turn your back on the ocean. Itís also important to always keep an eye on the keiki (kids) whenever theyíre near the water. Even if lifeguards are nearby, itís smart to use the buddy systemóand look for warning flags and posted beach conditions. When in doubt, anyone can simply ask hotel staff or a lifeguard for recommendations.
Even when the sun is hidden by clouds, before going out for the day itís a good idea to liberally apply sun-block with an SPF factor of 30 or above, and to reapply after swimming. Sun gear should also include a brimmed hat, sunglasses and long sleeves.
Hawaii is an awesome place to hike, with trails ranging from short, easy loops to demanding backcountry treks suitable only for experienced, well-equipped hikers. Hikers should carry plenty of water, sun protection and a cell phone. Itís best to always hike with a buddy and tell someone where youíre going and when you expect to return. For more information, read the state of Hawaiiís hiking safety brochure
Hawaiiís mountains are not suitable for roping or climbing. The volcanic rocks are often porous, crumbly weathering basalt, providing unstable support, and thus make mountain climbing exceedingly dangerous.
Steep valley walls and sea cliffs are subject to rock slides and rock falls. Falling rocks are also a common hazard under waterfalls. Itís best to avoid the base of steep cliffs and waterfalls, or at least reduce the time you are exposed to this hazard.
Gentle streams can quickly become rushing torrents. Signs of flash flooding include:
Increase in the speed of the stream flow
Rapid rise in stream level
A distant rumbling upstream
The smell of fresh earth
Hikers should always be prepared to move immediately to higher ground, and never attempt to cross a stream when the water level is above their knees.
Swimming with an open cut or sore in streams or ponds is unwise due to risk of infection from harmful bacteria such as leptospiroisis. Before drinking, stream water should be purified by boiling or with chemical purification.
Drinking: Do not drink the water without first purifying it by boiling or with chemicals.
Many visitors are drawn to the natural beauty found at higher elevations on Hawaii Island, such as on Kilauea, Maunaloa or Maunakea volcanoes. Itís important to come prepared with long pants and several layers of cool weather clothing because temperatures at higher elevations drop 3.5 degrees for every 1,000 feet above sea level. With cloud cover or rain, temperatures can drop suddenly.
Higher elevations also mean less protection from the sunís powerful rays, even though cool air masks the burning effect. So itís important to apply sun block liberally, and bring a hat, sunglasses and water.
( The information is only for your reference. Please check other sources as well, e.g. http://www.bigisland.org/ )