Big Island – Free things to do


32. Candy Factory Tours. Kailua Candy Com­pany, Kuakini Center, 74-5563 Kaiwi Street, Kailua-Kona. Peek into the kitchen of this candy manufacturer from 8:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M. daily and enjoy tastings of various chocolate products hand-made with Kona coffee, mac­adamia nuts and Island fruit. 329-2522. Ha­waiian Macadamia Plantation.

In Haina village, near Honokaa. Visitors can go on a self-guided tour of the factory daily from 9:00 A.M.-5:00

P.M. to watch how macadamias are processed into different products. Free samples are of­fered. 775-7201. Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory. Five miles south of Hilo off Route 11. Boasting what is supposedly the largest mac­adamia nut orchard in the world, Mauna Loa offers a video program, nature walk, free samples and a guided tour of the factory from 8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M. daily. 966-8612. Big Island Candies. 500 Kalanianaole Avenue, less than a mile from the hotels on Banyan Drive in Hilo. Visitors may watch cookies and candies being made on a self-guided tour of the facili­ties from 8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M. daily. 935-8890.

33.  Lapakahi State Historical Park. High­way 270 near Mahukona Beach Park on the north Kohala coast. Remains of an ancient vil­lage can be viewed daily from 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., except on state holidays. 889-5566.

34.  Mauna Loa Polynesian Village, Home of Royal Kona Coffee and Museum. Above Kealakekua Bay on Highway 11, near the vil­lage of Captain Cook. The only commercially grown coffee in the United States is cultivated in this legion. At this attraction, you can view historical photos, learn about coffee produc­tion and sample the fragrant brew. Open daily from 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. 328-2511.

35.  Mauna Kea Observatory Tour. Summit of Mauna Kea. Weather permitting, tours are conducted Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 P.M. To check on current weather and road condi­tions, call 969-3218. Participants need to pro­vide their own four-wheel-drive transportation. Also, children under the age of sixteen are n<)( allowed. Pregnant women and people with asthma and heart conditions should consult with a physician before attending the tour. Stargazing activities are also held at various times during the week. 961-2180.

Observatories atop Mauna Km. Photo by Michael Stewart.

36. Panaewa Rainforest Zoo. Mamaki Street off Highway 11 near Hilo. This lush twelve-acre site is the home of a tiger, monkeys, water buffalo, cranes and a variety of tropical birds. Open daily from 9.00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. 959-7224.

37.  Hawaiian Cultural Festival. Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Ho-naunau. Every year on the weekend closest to the attractions July 1 anniversary as a na­tional historical park, history is brought to life at this three-day cultural festival. Featured are arts and crafts demonstrations, traditional Ha­waiian food tastings and halau performances. 328-2288.

38.  Polynesian Paradise Revue. Kona Surf Resort. Presented every Tuesday and Friday

at 5:30 P.M. at the hotels Nalu Terrace, which overlooks the ocean. 322-3411.

Pu uhonm 0 Honaunau. Photo by Ann Cecil.

39- Botanical Gardens. Various gardens throughout the Big Island are open free to the public. Akatsuka Orchid Gardens in Glenwood (967-7660) is open from 8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M. daily, except major holidays. Most varieties of tropicals grown here are certified for shipment back to the Mainland. Wakefield Gardens in Honaunau (328-9930) is open from 11:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. daily. The Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden (323-3318) in Captain Cook is open weekdays from 7:00 A.M.-3:30 P.M. Guided tours of the ten-acre garden, a project of the Bishop Museum, are offered at 10:00 A.M. on the second Saturday of every month.

40. Cultural Festival. Puukohola Heiau Na­tional Historical Park, Kawaihae. Every year on the weekend closest to the August 17 es­tablishment day of this national historical park, a two-day festival is held. This years festivi­ties will be held August 17 and 18. Among the highlights are hula kahiko performances and demonstrations of traditional Hawaiian arts and crafts. 882-7218.

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