Guidebook for Fern Forest

Kristie

Guidebook for Fern Forest

Sightseeing
Get lost in this park as you hike volcanic ridges, watch plumes of smoke billow from one of the world’s most active volcanoes and walk through a lava tube big enough for a car.
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Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
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Get lost in this park as you hike volcanic ridges, watch plumes of smoke billow from one of the world’s most active volcanoes and walk through a lava tube big enough for a car.
This is a really cool lava tube you can walk through however it's a bit short. There are trails in the same area that you wander around that are pretty neat and make it worth the trip.
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Thurston Lava Tube
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This is a really cool lava tube you can walk through however it's a bit short. There are trails in the same area that you wander around that are pretty neat and make it worth the trip.
Take a pleasant self-guided walk through lush tropical vegetation to scenic vista points overlooking the cascading Kahuna Falls and the free-falling Akaka Falls, which plunges 442 feet.
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ʻAkaka Falls State Park
Akaka Falls Road
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Take a pleasant self-guided walk through lush tropical vegetation to scenic vista points overlooking the cascading Kahuna Falls and the free-falling Akaka Falls, which plunges 442 feet.
Rainbow Falls is easily accessible from downtown Hilo and offers a remarkable view of water falling 80 feet over a lava cave. The mist that rises is famous for creating a consistent rainbow.
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Rainbow Falls
40 Rainbow Drive
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Rainbow Falls is easily accessible from downtown Hilo and offers a remarkable view of water falling 80 feet over a lava cave. The mist that rises is famous for creating a consistent rainbow.
Mauna Kea is home to numerous telescopes due to its high altitude and remote geographic location. You can go and star gaze from one of the best spots in the world.
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Mauna Kea
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Mauna Kea is home to numerous telescopes due to its high altitude and remote geographic location. You can go and star gaze from one of the best spots in the world.
Food Scene
I ate at this sandwich shop nearly everyday while I built the treehouse. Order inside, sit outside. The food is fresh and local. Get a half sandwich unless your super hungry or plan on sharing. WIFI
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Eagle's Lighthouse Cafe
19-4005 Haunani Road
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I ate at this sandwich shop nearly everyday while I built the treehouse. Order inside, sit outside. The food is fresh and local. Get a half sandwich unless your super hungry or plan on sharing. WIFI
I usually eat here when I need WIFI.
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Volcano's Lava Rock Cafe
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I usually eat here when I need WIFI.
I haven't ate here before but it has good reviews and I always see a line. It's a bright green food truck.
Sala Dang Thai Kitchen (Formerly, Tuk Tuk Thai)
824 Kokomo Road
I haven't ate here before but it has good reviews and I always see a line. It's a bright green food truck.
Traditional Thai cuisine made with fresh experiences.
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Thai Thai Bistro and Bar
19-4084 Old Volcano Road
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Traditional Thai cuisine made with fresh experiences.
Upscale locale serving hearty portions that range from vegetarian pasta to antelope. Definitely a nice place to eat and it is reflected in the prices. $20-$40 Open breakfast, lunch & dinner.
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Kilauea Lodge Restaurant
19-3948 Old Volcano Road
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Upscale locale serving hearty portions that range from vegetarian pasta to antelope. Definitely a nice place to eat and it is reflected in the prices. $20-$40 Open breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Good food with a great view of Hilo Bay and the Hilo ‘skyline’. Get local beef, sushi and the catch of the day while sipping on a nice beverage. $12-$25
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Hilo Bay Cafe
123 Lihiwai Street
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Good food with a great view of Hilo Bay and the Hilo ‘skyline’. Get local beef, sushi and the catch of the day while sipping on a nice beverage. $12-$25
Everything Else
They have hundreds of Orchids on display and for sale. You can wander around or you can register for a free tour. http://www.akatsukaorchid.com/
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Akatsuka Orchid Gardens
11-3051 Volcano Road
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They have hundreds of Orchids on display and for sale. You can wander around or you can register for a free tour. http://www.akatsukaorchid.com/
About 1.5 miles upstream from Rainbow Falls is the lesser known Pe’ePe’e Falls and Boiling Pots. It is a local swim spot (despite what the signs say) though can be dangerous after rain.
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Boiling Pots
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About 1.5 miles upstream from Rainbow Falls is the lesser known Pe’ePe’e Falls and Boiling Pots. It is a local swim spot (despite what the signs say) though can be dangerous after rain.
Awesome little town with laid back 'hippie' vibe. It is currently under threat from the lava flow. Sunday mornings they put on a great farmers market.
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Pāhoa
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Awesome little town with laid back 'hippie' vibe. It is currently under threat from the lava flow. Sunday mornings they put on a great farmers market.
See the beginning of a vast expanse of hardened lava and black sand beaches. Great local farmers market with live music at Uncle Robert's on Wednesday nights.
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Kaimū Beach Park
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See the beginning of a vast expanse of hardened lava and black sand beaches. Great local farmers market with live music at Uncle Robert's on Wednesday nights.
The tide pools offer exceptional visibility and a great diversity of coral and fish. Bring your snorkel gear and have a blast!
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Kapoho Tide Pools
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The tide pools offer exceptional visibility and a great diversity of coral and fish. Bring your snorkel gear and have a blast!
Shopping
I really like seeing how things are made. This is a gift shop but it shows you how macadamia nuts are processed and has all sorts of goodies too.
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Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Visitor Center
16-701 Macadamia Road
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I really like seeing how things are made. This is a gift shop but it shows you how macadamia nuts are processed and has all sorts of goodies too.
Essentials
Get gas and basic supplies. More expensive than groceries in Hilo.
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Kilauea General Store
19-3972 Old Volcano Road
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Get gas and basic supplies. More expensive than groceries in Hilo.
You can pick up expensive groceries at this location, or just stop in for the best brownies on the Big Island!
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Volcano Store
19 Haunani Road
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You can pick up expensive groceries at this location, or just stop in for the best brownies on the Big Island!