The Big Island has a variety of attractions for the Nature Lover. From the beaches which range from white, green, or black sand, to the mountain top which has snow in the winter, to the hot lava flow of the volcanoes. And of course there are all the historical, artistic, and cultural aspects of the island as well. It is the youngest island and still growing as the hot lava dumps out into the ocean extending the land mass of the island.
Getting to The Big Island (The Island of Hawaii)
Direct flights from the U.S. mainland to the Big Island to Keahole Airport in Kona are available on United Airlines. The Big Island also boasts a Concorde flying in to Kona.
Aloha Airlines, Island Air, Big Island Air, and Hawaiian Airlines service the Big Island from other islands, both to the Kona airport and the Hilo airport.
Hawaii (Big Island) Travel and Tourism Information
You can receive a tourist information packet by calling (800) 648-2441, or by writing to BIG, Box 5900, Kamuela, HI 96743. Much information can be obtained from the Hawaii Visitors Bureau in Kona: 75-5719 W. Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, (808) 329-7787; in Hilo: 250 Keawe St., Hilo, HI 96720, (808) 961 -5797.
The Chamber of Commerce is also a good source of information: in Hilo, 180 Kinoole St., Room 118, Hilo, H196721, (808) 935-7178; in Kailua-Kona, 75-5737 Kuakini Hwy., Suite 207, Kailua-Kona, H1 96740, (808) 329-1758. Information on can be obtained directly from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, RO. Box 52, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, H1 96718; (808) 967-7311.
Local Transportation on the island of Hawaii
Rental cars are readily available from Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, or National.
Taxi fares, typically, from the Keahole Airport to Kailua-Kona and the Keauhou area are $16-$20, and to Waikoloa, around $32.00; and from the General Lyman Field Airport, just outside Hilo, to the Hilo area, $7-$10.
In the Kailua-Kona and Keauhou areas, the Alii Shuttle offers a daily bus service, between 7.45 a.m. and 10.00 p.m.; fare is $1.00 one-way. Also, the Hele On bus service offers island-wide transportation, Mon.-Sat. Fares range from 75¢ to $6.00, depending on the length of the ride. Bus schedules are available from the County of Hawaii, Transit Agency, Hilo; (808) 935-8241. This information will be useful in planning your Hawaiian vacation if you are not planning to rent a car.
Public Libraries on The Big Island (Hawaiian Island)
Library Card: HAWAII RESIDENT/MILITARY: Initial card - No charge. Replacement card: Adults - $10 / Minors - $5. NONRESIDENT: Initial card - $25; Replacement card - $25. VISITOR’S CARD: (3 months) - $10.
Video Loans: $1.00 charge for each video borrowed for 7 days. Overdue fine is $1.00 per video per day. Rewind fee of $1.00 per item.
Dial-In Computer Services: View Public Access catalog, place reserves, look up magazine articles.
Oahu 831-6888, Neighbor Islands 1-800-982-4436. (Use communications setup: N8-1, up to 14.4 Kb, DEC VT-100 or higher emulation).
Free Services: Access to reference materials and reference assistance, book talks to classes, checkout of printed library materials, cassettes and CDs, Internet, library programs, displays and exhibits, reader’s advisory, reserves, statewide access to entire library collection.
Hilo Public Library 300 Waianuenue Ave. Hilo 96720. (808) 933-4650.
Bond Memorial Public Library P.O. Box 248, Kapaau 96755. (808) 889-6729.
Holualoa Public Library PO Box 214, Holualoa 96725-0214. (808) 324-1233.
Honokaa Public Library P.O. Box 236, Honokaa 96727. (808) 775-7497.
Kailua-Kona Public Library 75-138 Hualalai Rd. Kailua-Kona 96740. (808) 327-4327.
Keaau Public & School Library 16-571 Keaau-Pahoa Rd., Keaau 96749 . (808) 966-8181.
Kealakekua Public Library P.O. Box 768, Kealakekua 96750 . (808) 323-3653.
Laupahoehoe Public & School Library P.O. Box 249, Laupahoehoe . (808) 962-6911.
Mountain View Public & School Library P.O. Box 380, Mountain View . (808) 968-6300.
Naalehu Public Library P.O. Box 653, Naalehu. (808) 929-7564.
Pahala Public & School Library P.O. Box 400, Pahala 96777. (808) 928-8032.
Pahoa Public & School Library 15-3070 Pahoa-Kalapana Rd. Pahoa. 96778. (808) 965-8574.
Thelma Parker Memorial Public & School Library, PO Box 698, 67-1209, Mamalahoa, Kamuela 96743-8429. (808) 887-6067.
Media Information on the Big Island (The Island of Hawaii)
Free tourist magazines such as This Week, Gold Publications, 101 Things To Do, and other pocket-sized guides full of ads, discount coupons, maps and sightseeing information abound for all the islands and one only has to look anywhere.
West Hawaii Today and the Hawaii Tribune-Herald are the major papers. Ka'u Landing is an alternative news magazine available in newspaper boxes throughout the Big Island. The Natural Yellow Pages is a natural product & services directory that covers all islands.
Dial 911 for police, ambulance and fire department on all islands.
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