Day Tripping With Rick – Kona, Hawaii – Going South #lethawaiihappen

Kona South Day Trip

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Day Tripping With Rick – Kona, Hawaii – Going South

Kona South Day Trip

And now for something completely different.  Our trip this week is to the Big Island of Hawaii, to one of the sunniest coastal areas in the world, Kailua Kona with almost continuous sunshine from April to October.  There are lots of great things to do here and a few you should probably skip. This week we will head south from Kona to visit the southwest and southeast coasts.  You’ll find out why the Big Island is a great family-friendly destination.

To-do’s include:

Honaunau, the Place of Refuge
Punaluu, the black sand beach
– Kilauea Volcano National Park

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Among the places to miss is the Green Sand Beach.

There is plenty to see on the south of the island, and more to do up north which will be covered in another post.  Do yourself a big favor and plan a trip the Big Island.  Let your trendy friends go to all-inclusive resorts on Maui.  Get a car, drive around and see the wonderful sights of an unspoiled, wonderful vacation spot.

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 Captain Dan’s tips for south of Kona: Rick has a great day trip from Kona for you. If you have the chance, spend a night at the Kalaekilohana Inn on the road to South Point. If you do a day trip and visit the Volcano National Park, you don’t need to drive all the way down the Chain of Craters Road to the ocean. Drive to the edge, Kealakomo Lookout, and take in the view and go back and check out Desolation Trail instead. It is a better use of your time. This is a long day.

About Rick WDay Tripping with Rickright

Meet the Rick behind “Day-tripping with Rick”.  He’s a nuclear engineer who designs power plants which gives him the opportunity to travel all over the world. Rick has collected some of his favorite trips into informative and interesting posts that go beyond the guidebook recommendations.  His wife Denise has a successful food blog where Rick occasionally guest-posts, using his many years of travel adventures for inspiration.  A life-long Pittsburgher, Rick spends much of his time supporting the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates, and having fun with Denise and his son, Max.  Rick also has two older children, Laura and Ricky, and two grandchildren (with one on the way).  When not posting or making electricity, Rick likes ice hockey which he has played for over 40 years.  Although he’s too old, he keeps going out there.

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