: Hilo International Airport
: Highway 11
: Black Sand Beach
: Volcano Golf & Country Club
: Kilauea Lodge
The entrance to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a mile away, but if the close proximity makes you nervous, keep in mind that the vacation home is upslope of the crater and safer from lava flows than lower elevations on the Big Island. The Kilauea Volcano has been erupting and oozing continuously since 1983 and in 2008 a steam vent opened in Halemaumau Crater, which can be viewed from different angles around the park and at the Jagger Museum. At the Visitor Center, there's an informative film and rangers can update you daily on volcanic activity. There are also free ranger-guided hikes and tours available. The Volcano House has a restaurant, if you'd like to eat and admire the impressive steaming caldera. Exploring the Volcano Park further you'll find sulfur banks, steam vents and the Thurston Lava Tube, which you can walk through. There's also an art gallery in the original Volcano House hotel. There are several hiking trails throughout the park and in the nearby area.
Other Activities: Hiking, Bird watching, Volcano viewing, Sightseeing, Guided Tours, Winery
Golf: Volcano Golf & Country Club is just a few minutes away at a 4,200 foot elevation. The Big Island's oldest golf course, it dates back to the 1920s. The layout has stunning mountain views. You may see wild turkeys, Nene geese and Hawaiian hawks. Due to the elevation, expect extra distance on well-struck shots. The back 9 has several marvelous holes and one of Hawaii's best par-5s at the 17th hole. Designed by Arthur Jack Snyder. A round of golf is about $63. Pele's restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Clubs are available for rent, as are gas and electric carts.
Ski: Seasonal snow on the tops of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. There are companies that rent various snow gear.