The best way to get around Hawaii’s Big Island is by renting an automobile. This is simply too large an island to conveniently navigate without one. You can pick up a rental car at either the Kona International Airport (KOA) or the Hilo International Airport (ITO), or if you have money to spare, you could take a taxi from the terminal to your rental home. Once near your lodging, you might be able to get around town on the free bus system.  The only challenge with using this type of transportation is that the bus schedule is not always convenient for tourists.

Many people who visit the Big Island have a connecting flight from Honolulu International Airport, from which you’ll fly into Hilo airport on the eastern side of the island. Kona airport, near the west side of the island, will probably be more convenient if you’re staying by the Kona or Kohala coast.

Renting a car

You’ll find a set of wheels is practically a necessity on the Big Island because the best sites are spread out along all the coasts. And the bus service, though available, does not make regular stops at tourist sites. You can rent a car at either airport and through some of the bigger hotel chains. You may want to splurge for a four-wheel drive — you’ll be thankful you did on the roughest roads — and keep in mind some rental agencies will want you to avoid Saddle Road, a narrow, winding shortcut that takes you from Kona to Hilo.

Taxi Service

Taxis are expensive on Hawaii’s Big Island, even by tourist standards — $2 just to flag one down, according to some travel guides. Coincidentally, flagging one doesn’t seem to be that much of an option, anyway. The best spot to find them is around the airports; otherwise, your hotel will assist you in calling for one for pickup.

Bus Service

You might find the bus is a frugal option if you don’t want to venture too far from your where you are staying. Still, some bus routes are only serviced Monday through Friday. It’s free to ride, but there’s a $1 charge for large bags.

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter tours are a great way to see the sights; but this is obviously an extravagant splurge and not a viable means of transportation. Many people like to look out over the island’s active volcanoes, but valley tours through the Kohala or Hamakua coasts are also pretty scenic.


Keep in mind when you stay at our hawaiigolfcondo, we have a one car garage for your convenience.

Tours and tastings, culinary events and farm fun for the whole family.  Come meet the farmers who are revitalizing the local food system and perpetuating agricultural traditions in North Kohala.  A great spot to check out is the Rio Polynesian Supper Club at the Starseed Ranch.

Unique to the region…Unique to the season…Unique to the genius of RIO

Homegrown Chef Rio Miceli brings you a masterfully crafted six course menu, accompanied by selected wine or beer pairings. RIO’s inspired Polynesian comfort cuisine represents a field-to-fork philosophy which showcases the delicacies of Hawai’i Island’s ocean and terrain.

Dinner begins with a walking tour of the farm, gardens and private retreat grounds of the Starseed Ranch. An evening at RIO Polynesian Supper Club will be remembered for years to come as a luscious blend of outrageous palate pleasers, new friends, and the living beauty of North Kohala.

A limited number of Chef Table seating and overnight Private Hale reservations are available.

$120 La Fresca seating. $145 Chef Table seating. $135 Private Hale Stay

For more information, their email address is



coconut island

Coconut Island, or Moku Ola is a small island in Hilo Bay, just offshore from Lili’uokalani Park and Gardens, in Hilo, off the island of Hawaii. It is a small park, and is connected to the main island via a footbridge. The island includes a large grassy field, picnic areas, restroom facilities, and a few tiny sandy beaches.  The name Mokuola translates as “healing island” or “island of life” from the Hawaiian language. Moku meaning island and ola meaning life. It was the site of an ancient temple dedicated to healing.   It is located off Banyan Drive.

Legend tells that anyone who was sick or feeling ill would be healed by swimming around Moku Ola three times. In ancient times, Moku Ola was a pu’uhonua (place of refuge), where natives or warriors could ‘redeem’ themselves. Many native Hawaiians would also bury their children’s piko (umbilical cords) under the flat rocks here, so the rats would not find them (piko are often considered sacred to Hawaiians, as they are the connection to their mothers and to their blood lines)

Ancient Hawaiian legend tells us that the demi-god, Maui, had a magic fishhook and a canoe that could take him to a neighbor island with two sweeps of his paddle. Maui felt sorry for Hawaiians who didnt have a magic canoe like his, and told a number of chiefs they could travel throughout Hawaii quickly if they followed him. Maui told the chiefs to paddle toward the ocean, without looking back, until the islands connected. Maui fastened his magic fishhook into the island of Maui and the men paddled feverishly. The island of Maui slowly moved closer, but just as it was to be joined with the Big Island, one of the paddling chiefs turned to look back. The magic spell was then broken and the island slid back, leaving a piece of land fastened to the magic fishhook, still caught on the Big Island.

coco island