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    We’re Hawaiian Host, the premium chocolate brand from Hawaiʻi, and we’re living up to our name as the Host of Hawaiʻi.

    The Island of Hawaiʻi is nicknamed “The Big Island” due to its large size. With 4 active volcanoes (Kīlauea, Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, and Hualālai), the island is still growing and is the youngest of the 8 Hawaiian Islands. Ready for fiery lava and landscapes that will blow your mind? Head to the Big Island. As your hosts, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put a list of our favorite beaches, eateries, hikes, and activities you must try. Let’s dive in!

  • What to do
  • What beaches to visit
  • What restaurants to check out
  • Where to Pau Hana
  • Where to hike
  • What Hawai'i foods to try
  • Take a piece of paradise home
  • Other maps: Oʻahu, Māui, Kauaʻi

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What to do
13 popular activites

Manta Ray Night Dive & Snorkel
This world-famous dive/snorkel trip has been featured on numerous publications like Travel, National Geographic, and Discovery Channel. The Kona Coast is home to over 240+ resident manta rays and each has been identified and even named! Much like a fingerprint is unique to each human, manta rays have distinguishing black and white markings on their underside that are used to identify them nightly. Swim with these gentle giants for an experience of a lifetime. (See on map.)

Mauna Loa Visitor Center
This is a must! Sample and buy a suitcase full of delicious Mauna Loa and Hawaiian Host products or support local businesses of Mana Up, an incubator program for Hawaiʻi brands. You can also take a self-guided nature walk in the back or sit on the patio and enjoy the delicious macadamia nut ice cream. The beautifully painted walls are perfect backdrops for your photos. Don’t forget to tag @MaunaLoaMacnut and @HawaiianHostInc. (See on map.)

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
Learn about the diverse volcanic landscape of Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, two of the world’s most active volcanoes. Here are a few activities you can do: Volcano National Park Visitor Center, Halemaʻumaʻu crater overlook, Kīlauea Iki crater + hike, Thurston Lava tube, Chain of Craters Road (scenic drive), day hikes, Volcano Art Center, the Sulphur Banks, the Mauna Loa Road Scenic Drive, The Free Junior Ranger Program + Workbook, Keanakākoʻi Crater + Halemauʻumaʻu overlook, seeing lava in the park. Question is, will you run out of time to do it all?? (See on map.)

Paniolo Adventures
Live a day in the life of a paniolo, a Hawaiian cowboy. Horseback ride through unspoiled upcountry to get spectacular views of the Kona and Kohala coastline, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Hualālai Volcanoes. A wonderful experience you won’t forget. (See on map.)

Waipiʻo Valley
Also known as the “Valley of the Kings”, it’s a spectacular and culturally significant destination renowned for its lush beauty, dramatic cliffs, black sand beach, enchanting views, and rich Hawaiian history. The views from the lookout are stunning. (See on map.)

Honomu Goat Dairy
Located on the Hāmākua Coast with nearly 15 acres overlooking the ocean, you’ll enjoy a beautiful view and baby goats to play with - free of charge! The experience is one-of-a-kind and you’ll be sure to leave with happy memories! Stop by the gift shop for a variety of hand-crafted goat milk soaps and award-winning goat milk caramels and fudge. (See on map.)

Mauna Kea Mountain
Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano and is the highest peak in the Island of Hawaiʻi, reaching an elevation of 4,207.3 meters (13,803 feet) above sea level. When measured from its base on the ocean floor, Mauna Kea is actually the tallest mountain in the world, standing over 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) tall. Mauna Kea, known in Hawaiian as Mauna a Wakea, is derived from the name of the sky father, Wakea. The mountain is commonly referred to as White Mountain due to the presence of snow frequently seen on its summit. Mauna Kea is regarded as a sacred site in Hawaiian culture, if visiting please respect the ʻāina (land). (See on map.)

Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park
The park features a reconstructed Hawaiian village that showcases traditional Hawaiian architecture, including thatched hale (houses), canoe sheds, and religious structures. You can explore the grounds and learn about the customs and traditions of the Hawaiian people. Participate in guided tours and watch cultural demonstrations. (See on map.)

Merrie Monarch Festival
The festival is named in honor of King David Kalākaua, who was known as the “Merrie Monarch” due to his love for the arts and promotion of Hawaiian culture during his reign in the late 19th century. The festival’s primary purpose is to perpetuate and showcase the art of hula, which is traditional Hawaiian dance form that tells stories through movement and music. Taking place annually in Hilo, it’s one of the most prestigious hula competitions in the world attracting hula dancers, musicians, and cultural enthusiasts from all over the world. There are also exhibitions and demonstrations of other Hawaiian cultural practices, such as traditional Hawaiian music, lei-making, and the art of Hawaiian tattooing kākau. (See on map.)

Hawaiʻi Tropical Bioreserve & Garden
So much lusciousness! Spanning over 17 acres the garden is home to a diverse collection of tropical plants (over 2,000 plant species), flowers, and trees. As you explore the garden, you’ll encounter a variety of landscapes, including lush rainforest, cascading waterfalls, tranquil streams, and ocean vistas. There are walking trails and education opportunities to learn about conservation efforts in Hawaiʻi. (See on map.)

Liliʻuokalani Gardens
A stunning Japanese style garden named after Queen Liliʻuokalani, the last reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. The garden features traditional Japanese elements including serene ponds, arched bridges, koi fish, stone lanterns, pagodas, and manicured landscapes. Walk through the garden and see breathtaking views of Hilo Bay and Mauna Kea. (See on map.)

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
This center integrates Hawaiian culture and knowledge with astronomy. The center celebrates the indigenous Hawaiian understanding of the sky and celestial navigation. Exhibits and programs highlight the importance of astronomy in Hawaiian culture and showcase the connections between the heavens and the land. View the exhibits and planetarium to gain a deeper understanding of the celestial world and learn about the universe. (See on map.)

Kealakekua Bay
Explore the ocean world and visit one of Hawaiʻi’s top snorkeling destinations, Kealakekua Bay with its crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine ecosystem. Go dolphin and whale watching, sightsee lava tubes and sea caves, and view the stunning Kona coast. This is one adventure you won’t forget! (See on map.)

What beaches to visit
6 stunning beaches

The beaches never disappoint in the Big Island, whether you’re going for a swim or staying till dusk to witness the vibrant colors painting the sky as the sun sets behind the ocean horizon, you’re in for a treat.

Pro Tip: Buy a box of Hawaiian Host chocolates at your nearest retailer, head to the beach and enjoy our confections as you relax on the sandy beach. It’s a vibe, we promise.

Hāpuna Beach
The calm waters and long stretches of soft sand make this a prime beach spot. Surrounded by lush, beautiful greenery, this beach has great swimming conditions. It’s also perfect for bodyboarding, sunbathing, snorkeling, picnicking & barbequing, watching the sunset after a long beach day, or simply taking a leisurely stroll along the shore. You’ll want to spend all day here! (See on map.)

Maniniʻōwali Beach also known as Kua Bay
Sometimes called “The Caribbean of Hawai‘i”, the vibrant, turquoise-colored waters, colorful fish, and reef come together for one magical experience. The reef is teeming with an array of tropical fish including the parrotfish, surgeonfish, and butterflyfish and the native Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle. Go for a swim, kayak, bodyboard, or snorkel! If you’re lucky you might see spinner dolphins playing in the distance. (See on map.)

Makalawena Beach
A hidden gem that offers a more off-the-beaten path experience, you’ll have to hike across unpaved lava path to reach the shore. The journey is worth it as the water is so clear it shimmers in the sun. Perfect for swimming, sunbathing or bodyboarding if the water conditions are right.

Kauna‘oa also known as Mauna Kea Beach
This beach is what people think of when visiting Hawai‘i. You’ll love swimming, snorkeling, bodyboarding, or strolling along the quarter mile stretch of sand. If you get hungry, walk over to the resort for a lunch or piña colada. Equipment can be rented from the beach concession stand next to the restaurant.

Punaluʻu Beach
Famous for its jet-black sand, the contrast between the dark sand, deep blue ocean, and lush green palm trees creates a striking and otherworldly landscape. The black hue of the sand on the beaches is derived from the lava emitted by Kīlauea Volcano, which flows into the ocean and rapidly solidifies due to the forceful waves. As a result, the lava fragments transform into minuscule particles that gradually accumulate, ultimately forming the black sand beaches. It’s also resident to the native Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle that come ashore to bask in the sun or feed on seaweed along the shore. (See on map.)

Carlsmith Beach Park
Known for its calm and clear waters and protected by a natural rock barrier creating a shallow lagoon, the water is perfect for families with children. You’ll also find a great picnic and BBQ area so gather everyone for some fun in the sun! (See on map.)

Helpful tips:

  • Please kokua and help us care for our islands.
  • Remember to buy reef safe sunscreen to protect our coral reefs!
  • Please respect the animals. If you’re lucky and come across a sea turtle or seal resting ashore, please do not stress the animal by trying to get its attention or disturbing it.
  • Always stay hydrated and bring water and snacks.
  • Check the weather reports and make sure water conditions are safe.

What 6 restaurants to check out

Looking for the freshest tasting seafood? We’ve got the best selection and freshest catch! The Island of Hawaiʻi has lots of great food places.

The Fish Hopper
A favorite of locals and tourists, it serves local, sustainable seafood and fresh local produce. Grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner here and have your choice of seafood, steak, chicken, or vegetarian options.
Must try: Award winning clam chowder and Yellow Fin Ahi Tuna

Lava Lava Beach Club
You’ll love this fun, beachfront venue with open-air dining and outdoor seating where you can feel the ocean breeze and sand between your toes. For those with stricter dietary options, there’s gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options available.
Must try: Coconut Shrimp

Café Pesto
Can’t go wrong with this award-winning food! With quality ingredients, relaxed atmosphere, and a commitment to using locally sourced products they are known for their world-class pizzas, a special thin-crust topped with variety of ingredients.
Must try: Quattro Formaggi Pizza

Broke Da Mouth Grindz
Ready for mouthwatering dishes inspired by the diverse culinary traditions found in Hawaiʻi? The term "grindz" is Hawaiian slang for "food," and this restaurant certainly lives up to its name with its tasty food.
Must Try: Garlic Furikake Chicken

Two Ladies Kitchen
Beloved establishment often referred as the best mochi shop in Big Island, this small, family-owned shop is renowned for its delicious and authentic Japanese confections, particularly its famous mochi. Some popular flavors include strawberry, lilikoʻi, and matcha. Featured on Food Network, this is a must stop on your trip.
Must try: Butterfly (White Chocolate & Koshi)

Hawaiian Style Café
Known for their world-famous massive pancakes and Kalua Pork Hash. You’ll leave with a full stomach! The portions are generous, filling, and so flavorful!
Must try: Pancakes or Da Tita Mok

Where to "Pau Hana"
Top 5 faves

Pau Hana, pronounced {pow hah-nah}, is a time spent after a day’s worth of work, a time meant for relaxation and socialization with friends and family. It’s a time to come together to indulge in high-quality beverages and savor delectable cuisine. Good times guaranteed. 

Kona Brewing Company
It has become an iconic brand in Hawaiʻi's craft beer scene, offering a taste of the islands with its distinct flavors and commitment to quality. Check out their breweries, brewpubs, or simply enjoy their beers in a tropical setting. It'll be a unique experience that combines the essence of Hawaiʻi with the art of craft brewing. Try their flagship beer- the Big Wave Golden Ale. (See on map.)

Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill Kona
In addition to the delicious food, a full bar with a selection of craft beers, wines, and tropical cocktails is available for you to enjoy with your meal and relax. Enjoy a Hawaiian Margarita or Lilikoʻi Martini!

Huggo’s On the Rocks
Whether you're looking for a casual lunch, a romantic dinner, or a place to relax with a tropical drink, Huggo's on the Rocks will be a memorable experience with its delicious food, truly stunning views, and laid-back island vibes. Try the Hawaiian Rainbow, it’s not just pretty, but also delicious! (See on map.)

Beach Tree Bar and Lounge at the Four Seasons
A lifestyle experience where the beach is walking distance. The lounge offers tropical favorites and signature cocktail creations. The perfect spot to watch the sunset and unwind with a drink in hand. Order the Tom’s Pink Shirt.

As Chef Peter Merriman’s flagship restaurant, Merriman’s Waimea is the original home of Hawaiʻi regional cuisine, with an extensive wine list and fruity cocktails for every dining occasion. If you want to try something other than the famous Merriman’s Mai Tai, order the She’s so Manhattan. (See on map.)

Where to hike
5 unforgettable hikes

With numerous hiking opportunities, you'll explore diverse landscapes, including lush rainforests, volcanic craters, and breathtaking coastal cliffs for memorable hiking adventures you'll never forget!

ʻAkaka Falls
This pleasant 0.4-mile hike will take you through a lush rainforest filled with wild orchids, bamboo groves, and draping ferns. As you follow the paved footpath, you’ll first see 100-foot Kahuna Falls. Continue to follow around the loop bend and you’ll find Hawaiʻi’s most famous waterfall ‘Akaka Falls. Look out for the educational elements along the trails and pathways. (See on map.)

Rainbow Falls
Rainbow Falls gets its name from the rainbows that often appear in the mist created by the waterfall. The water cascades over a lava cave that is said to be the home of Hina, an ancient Hawaiian goddess associated with the moon. According to legend, the rainbow seen at the falls is a symbol of her presence. Take out your cameras because this sight is out of this world. Technically this isn’t a hike but well worth a visit - no one will know!

Puna Trail
Travel through a lush rainforest to Hāʻena Beach, a protected sandy expanse on the otherwise cliffy Puna Coast.

Kīholo Bay
This easy trail has views of the calm, beautiful turquoise waters. You’ll also discover a black sand beach, flooded lava tube, and incredible tidepool that was once an ancient fishpond.

Humuʻula Trail
If you’re looking for a challenging trail, the Humuʻula Trail is for you. This is not for the faint of heart, you’ll be hiking the tallest mountain on earth. Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain on earth but over 19,000 feet measures below sea level. The total trail length is 13.4 miles. You can finish it in one day or hike a mile in and come back out.

Remember to come prepared with proper hiking gear, water, sun protection, and to respect the environment by following any posted guidelines or regulations.

Hawai'i foods to try
6 ono grindz

These are local favorites and are unique to the islands.

You’ll never forget these! Portuguese style donut without a hole, covered in sugar, and can be served without or with a delicious filling like haupia or guava! Tastes best hot & fresh.
Our top pick: Punaluʻu Bakery! (See on map.)

This is the freshest you’ll ever eat! Poke is diced raw fish (traditionally ahi tuna) cut into cubes and available in many variations. Popular types of poke include shoyu (soy sauce), spicy, and limu (seaweed).
Our top pick: Suisan Fish Market (See on map.)

A food that has it’s own festival – how can this be wrong when it’s so right? Traditionally, a piece of spam either sandwiched in between or on top of a block of rice and wrapped together with a piece of nori (dried seaweed). This delicious treat is wrapped making it the perfect snack on the go.
Our top pick: Kawamoto Store!

Shave Ice
That’s right, there’s no D in shave. Made by shaving down a block of ice, then adding sweet syrup flavoring like strawberry, banana, and blue raspberry. Add other sweet ingredients like sweetened condensed milk, azuki beans (red beans), even ice cream! Shave ice is as refreshing as it sounds and is the perfect treat after a long beach day.
Our top pick: Scandi’s Shave Ice & Coffee Shop (See on map.)

Loco Moco
A must-try local favorite! A bed of rice, topped with homemade hamburger patties, any-style eggs, and gravy all over.
Our top pick: Café 100

Kona Coffee
Calling all coffee-lovers! The beloved and popular Kona Coffee is a favorite of people around the world and it’s harvested right in Kona. Take a coffee tour and try the freshest cup of coffee ever!
Our top pick: Mountain Thunder Coffee

Exploring the local cuisine is a fantastic way to experience the flavors and cultural influences that make Hawaiʻi food so unique. There is more inpsiring, delicious, and Instagrammable food out there so go explore and try something new!

Take a piece of paradise home

For over 95 years, it’s a tradition that people buy Hawaiian Host chocolates as gifts and souvenirs whenever they visit. That’s why we are “Hawai‘i’s Gift to the World”. In the end, did you even visit Hawaiʻi if you didnʻt buy Hawaiian Host chocolate?

Considered an edible postcard from paradise! Featuring our finest macadamias coated in our silky, premium milk chocolate, this Island original makes a delightful souvenir for everyone on your gift list. This is perfect for sharing aloha with family and friends, not to mention a sweet way to treat yourself!
Flavors: Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate

The Founder’s Collection
Premium chocolate and uniquely crunchy macadamias, made just like our founders, Mamoru and Aiko Takitani, intended.
Flavors: Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Matcha Chocolate, White Chocolate, and Honey Coated Milk Chocolate

The Paradise Collection
Savor a blissful moment of paradise with our Paradise Collection. Each unique island-inspired flavor contains a combination of premium chocolate and macadamia nuts.
Flavors: Toasted Coconut Milk Chocolate, Hawaiian Honey Milk Chocolate, Kona Coffee Milk Chocolate, and Sea Salt Toffee Dark Chocolate

Maui Caramacs
A beloved treat, the iconic macadamia shares the spotlight with rich, buttery caramel. To make our famous Maui Caramacs, we smother macadamias in our custom-made caramel and then cover them in smooth milk chocolate. Perfect for sharing aloha with friends and family (but buy one for yourself or you’ll regret it!).

Flavors of Aloha Bars
These delicious bars are inspired by the Islands. Tropical Sunrise Swirl blends white chocolate with delicious passionfruit and mango; Island Bounty combines coconut with milk chocolate; Pau Hana is a pretzel-meets-chocolate-and-mac-nuts party; Rocky Road to Paradise combines marshmallow and sea-salt with milk chocolate; and Surfer’s Breakfast takes crunchy granola and Kona coffee and swirls it in dark chocolate. 

Where to Buy
ABC Stores, Costco, CVS/Longs Drug, Food Pantry, Foodland, KTA Super Stores, Safeway, Target, Walmart or shop online at HawaiianHost.com

Sharing aloha is delicious 🌺!

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It was our greatest pleasure hosting you. Get excited for all the adventures you'll go on and memories you'll make in paradise.

Did you know that each island has it's own color and flower?

Spot the difference by exploring all the other islands below.

Oʻahu: Yellow, Pua `ilima

Māui: Pink, Damask Rose

Kauaʻi: Purple, mokihana berry

Big Island: Red, `ōhi`a lehua


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