Big Island Adventure (Post-IGLA Itinerary)

Kalani Staff

July 11, 2011 - July 17, 2011

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

Hawaii Adventure GroupThe 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, and one night in Kona, allow us to cover the breadth of this inspiring island.

Monday, July 11: Arrive in Hilo mid-day via one of the intra-island carriers, Hawaiian Airlines or Go Mekele. A guided tour of Hilo will explore the top-notch museums, and a couple of other key sites in the area, before heading to Kalani, where we will enjoy a group welcome dinner.

Tuesday, July 12: 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. In the evening, join a fun and engaging hula lesson after dinner, and learn more about Hawaiian culture.

Hawaii Adventure - Lava flowing into the oceanWednesday, July 13: 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.

Thursday, July 14: 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.

Friday, July 15: Today we visit 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 return to Hilo, where we will enjoy a waterfall swim, tour the Botanical Gardens, and visit the Imiloa Museum. The Imiloa Museum details the fascinating international astronomy projects on Mauna Kea, which we will then ascend at sunset, to enjoy views of the Islands, and marvel at the incredible nighttime sky through our eyes and locals’ telescopes. We finish this marvelous day by driving to Kona, where we will spend the night.

Big Island Adventure - Dolphin SwimSaturday, July 16: 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. We finish the day with 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 on our way back to a final evening at Kalani.

Sunday, July 17: 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. After lunch, we will say our goodbyes, and you will then be transferred to Hilo airport – unless, of course, you decide to stay with us longer!

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 Hilo airport, airport transfers if arriving outside the group arrival/departure times, and offsite meals (bag lunches can be provided upon request.) Continental Airlines has direct flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Hilo; Hawaiian Airlines, and go! Mokulele both offer intra-island service between Honolulu and Hilo.

Fees per person: Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
6 - Cottage $ 1720 $ 2380
5 - Tropical Loft $ 1590 $ 2110
4 - Tree House Room $ 1590 $ 2110
3 - Bungalow Room $ 1540 $ 1960
2 - Lodge Room (private bath) $ 1480 $ 1840
1 - Lodge Room (shared bath) $ 1299 $ 1570

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