Big Island Adventure

Kalani Adventure Staff

January 29, 2012 - February 5, 2012

Big Island Adventure

The 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.

Dolphins at Kehena BeachSunday, January 29: Arrive in Hilo via Hawaiian Airlines or Go Mokulele. Airport shuttles from Hilo Airport to Kalani are included in your package Relax and explore our grounds. That evening we will enjoy a group welcome dinner.

Monday, January 30: A day to unwind and take in all that Kalani has to offer – from our renowned yoga classes held in breathtaking studios, to an optional 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.

Volcanoes National ParkTuesday, January 31: 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. We will then descend to Kalapana where the Pu’u O’o lava flow often crashes right into the ocean, creating spectacular sunset viewing.

Wednesday, February 1: 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 home for the Hawaiian Honu (Green Sea Turtle).

Green Sand Beach - Big IslandThursday, February 2: 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 or a dip in Hilo Bay. In the late afternoon we will ascend Mauna Kea, a Hawaiian sacred sight and host to international astronomy projects. After sunset on the summit, we will marvel at the incredible nighttime sky through our eyes and locals’ telescopes. We finish this fantastically full day by driving to Kona, where we will spend the night.

Friday, February 3: 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.

Saturday, February 4: Start the day with an optional trip to the Seaview Community Farmer’s Market, or a yoga class, and one last visit to Kehena black sand beach. 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!

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About the Facilitator(s)

This adventure is led by

Kalani Adventures Guides.


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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, noted tours, and all meals, Kalani classes and activities, and use of Kalani's facilities including pool, hot tub and sauna.

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 $ 1710 $ 2370
5 - Tropical Loft $ 1590 $ 2100
4 - Tree House Room $ 1590 $ 2100
3 - Bungalow Room $ 1530 $ 1950
2 - Lodge Room (private bath) $ 1470 $ 1830
1 - Lodge Room (shared bath) $ 1350 $ 1560

Prices subject to change without notice.