Big Island Adventure (Pre-IGLA Itinerary)

Kalani Staff

June 29, 2011 - July 6, 2011

This itinerary is for the pre-IGLA Big Island Adventure. For the post-IGLA itinerary, click here.

Big Island Adventure - Dolphin SwimThe Big Island is one of the most incredible places on earth. Thirteen of the world’s fifteen ecosystems thrive here – and so does traditional Hawaiian culture.

Our Big Island Adventure package will give you a taste of the incredible beauty and dramatic power of the newest land in the world. Visit active volcanoes and lava flows; black, green, white and brown sand beaches; luscious rainforest; dive into stunning waters rich with playful marine life; and immerse yourself in the rich traditions and history of the Hawaiian people. Five nights at Kalani (including Pride), and two nights in Kona, allow us to cover the breadth of this inspiring island.

This package starts in Kona and ends in Hilo.

Wednesday, June 29: Arrive in Kona mid-day directly from the US via one of the major scheduled carriers, or via Honolulu on one of the intra-island carriers, Hawaiian Airlines or go! Mokulele. Visit the spectacular Kona beaches in the afternoon, before enjoying a group welcome dinner overlooking the ocean at sunset. Overnight in Kona.

Thursday, June 30: Begin the day with a spectacular kayak adventure across Kealakekua Bay, where whales and dolphins are frequently spotted. Arrive at the Captain Cook monument, home to one of the most spectacular snorkeling spots in Hawaii. Continue through coffee plantations and learn about the sugar cane trade, on your way to the spectacular white sand beaches and perfect weather this side of the island is famous for, or to an optional dolphin swim or manta ray dive. Overnight in Kona.

Hawaii Adventure GroupFriday, July 1: Today is a feast for the senses, as we cross the Saddle Road between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, passing through a different ecosystem every 10-15 minutes. Eventually we arrive at one of the most beautiful spots in all of Hawai’i, the Waipi’o Valley. Called the “Valley of Kings,” it was the capital and permanent residence of many early Hawaiian kings up until the time of King ‘Umi. Several large waterfalls fall into the valley to feed the river which flows from the foot of the largest falls at the back of the valley out to the ocean.

After some time in the valley, we will continue into Hilo, enjoying an afternoon tour of key local sites, including the Imiloa Museum. The Imiloa Museum details the fascinating international astronomy projects on Mauna Kea, which we then ascend at sunset, to enjoy views of the Islands, and then marvel at the incredible nighttime sky through our eyes and locals’ telescopes. We finish this marvelous day by driving to Kalani, which will be our home base for the rest of our time on the Big Island.

Saturday, July 2: A day to unwind and take in all that Kalani has to offer – from our renowned yoga classes held in breathtaking studios, to your included wellness treatment. Excursions will be made available to the nearby tidal pools for snorkeling, and the black sand, clothing-optional Kehena beach, where wild spinner dolphins often play.

Sunday, July 3 – Anuenue Freedom Festival: Start the day with an optional trip to Maku’u Market, or an invigorating yoga class, before joining the community for Kalani’s remarkable Sundance. This is the birthplace of ecstatic dance, a joyful and moving dancing form of meditation and celebration that has since swept the nation. The afternoon will be filled with activities and a festive pool party, and then following a celebratory dinner, enjoy a rich artistic performance at EMAX before finale fireworks at the Point.

Hawaii Adventure - Lava pours into the oceanMonday, July 4: Experience the stunning beauty of the active volcanoes and lava flows on this memorable day of adventure! Visit the enchanting Volcanoes National Park, where we will visit the most active crater in the world, walk through an extinct lava tube, learn about the monitoring of the volcanic activity, enjoy a spectacular hike, and then refresh ourselves with a wine-tasting from a most unusual winery. We will then descend to Kalapana where the Pu’u O’o lava flow often crashes right into the ocean, creating spectacular sunset viewing. Finish the evening with our jungle dance – where the jungle is the source of our clothing!

Tuesday, July 5: Today we will take a relaxing day trip to the southernmost point in the United States, aptly named South Point. Gazing from here, the closest landfall is Antarctica, 7,500 miles away. We will then take an invigorating hike to the anomaly known as Green Sand Beach, a fascinating and breathtaking spot worth the hike down the cliff. On the way back to Kalani, we will make a stop at Punalu’u, the largest black sand beach in Hawaii, and, time pending, we may take a trip down the Chain of Craters Road, a breathtaking lava field drive that ends at a beautiful sea arch. Back at Kalani, join an optional hula lesson after dinner, before your final evening on Hawaii’s wild coast.

Wednesday, July 6: After breakfast, you will be transferred to Hilo airport, for your short flight to Honolulu. If swimming the 1500 free at the IGLA Championships, you will arrive in Honolulu with plenty of time to register and swim.

Note that this itinerary is subject to change based on weather and volcano conditions. Nature moves by her own rhythms - especially here on the Big Island!

About the Facilitator(s)

This adventure is led by Kalani Staff, including our lead tour guide Tim Lawson, and Kalani founder Richard Koob.


Workshop Fees

Kalani is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charity. Your stay here supports our educational mission, preservation of ancient Hawaiian cultural sites, and the development of a model sustainable community.

Included: Accommodation as selected below, all meals at Kalani, noted tours, and classes.

Not Included: Flights to/from Kona and Hilo airport, airport transfers if arriving outside the group arrival/departure times, and meals before we reach Kalani (June 29th – July 1st.)

Fees per person: Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
6 - Cottage $ 1920 $ 2580
5 - Tropical Loft $ 1790 $ 2310
4 - Tree House Room $ 1790 $ 2310
3 - Bungalow Room $ 1740 $ 2160
2 - Lodge Room (private bath) $ 1680 $ 2040
1 - Lodge Room (shared bath) $ 1499 $ 1770

Additional nights can be added on to the beginning of this package at our special IGLA a la carte rates. Click here for rates and details.