Attractions & Things to Do near Ohia House Bed and Breakfast
Activities abound in the Pahoa area during your Hawaiian vacation on the Big Island. With so many beaches, over a dozen National Parks/Preserves, several golf courses, historic locations, and sea activities, you will have plenty to do during your visit! Not sure, just ask us!
The Town of Pahoa [Read Details…]
Five minutes away from Ohia House Bed and Breakfast is the wonderful little town of Pahoa. This Hawaiian village started out in the late 1800s, popular for lumber, making koa and ohia railroad ties, and later became a sugar town with a railroad, which now is long gone.
Around 1960 Pahoa was named the antherium and papaya capital of the world. With its flair, this historic town boasts several excellent restaurants, shops and galleries, and even an open market on Sunday mornings.
Volcanoes’ National Park [Read Details…]
For historic study of the Island’s volcanic creation and the resulting wildlife and natural surroundings on the Big Island of Hawaii, Volcanoes National Park is an ideal destination. Here you will find many wonderful hiking trails, steam vents and don’t miss the Thurston lava tube. For the latest information on Kilauea volcano activity, visit the USGS Hawaii Kilauea Volcano Website or the Big Island Visitors Bureau website which are both updated regularly. We always view the movies within the information center, highly recommended.
Kehena Black Sand Beach [Read Details…]
Kehena Beach is one of the few surviving black sand beaches in existence. Enjoy the turquoise blue ocean, and look for dolphins, turtles, and seasonal whales, which can be seen from the beach. A small trail leads down to the beach near mile marker 19 on Highway 137. Please be aware that clothing is optional at this beach.
Kapoho Tide Pools ~ Hawaii’s Best Snorkeling [Read Details…]
Some of the best snorkeling is at the Big Island’s Kapoho Tide Pools, where you can view a wide variety of tropical fish and coral. Just beyond the pools is the “Champagne Pond,” an ocean spring and a favorite spot for many sea turtles!
Ahalanui Park ~ Thermal Pools [Read Details…]
This park, just a 10-minute drive from Ohia House Bed and Breakfast is home to a man-made thermal pool. The pool is mostly spring-fed, although a small man-made, rock wall inlet allows sea water to enter during high tide. Reaching a temperature of up to 90 degrees, the pool is a great place to swim and relax. Life Guard on duty. Coconut groves surround this park and make it a perfect setting for an afternoon picnic.
Lava Tree State Park [Read Details…]
Lava Tree State Park has some of the most fascinating lava rock formations in the entire Hawaiian Islands. The ancient lava flow left a thick coating as it flowed through old forests, burning the larger trees to ashes, but not before encasing them to create free-standing tubes in the shape of the trees.
Botanical Gardens and Orchid Farms [Read Details…]
My favorite place to visit! The East side of the Big Island is considered the orchid capital of the world. See thousands of blooming orchids at one of several local orchid farms open to the public, and even ship an orchid home from Hawaii. Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a 40-acre botanical garden jewel in the islands with waterfalls, scenic ocean views, and enormous mango and coconut palm trees that are more than 100 years old. You will find orchids, anthodia, and native Hawaiian plants throughout the sun-dappled paths.
Isaac Hale Beach Park [Read Details…]
With its rocky shoreline along the Pohoiki Bay, this park is a popular launch site for boats. A haven for local fishermen, surfers also enjoy the park when the waves are up. Just a few miles away from Ohia House Bed and Breakfast, this is where you will catch the Lava Boat tours.
Mauna Loa Macadamia Visitor Center [Read Details…]
One of the most popular attractions in the area, Hershey’s Mauna Loa Macadamia Visitor Center is located approximately 30 minutes away. Take the self-guided tour of the world-famous nut and chocolate processing plant, view chocolate demonstrations, and be sure to visit the gift shop where they offer free samples. Don’t forget to go out back and get some ice cream before you depart!
Historic Hilo on Big Island Hawaii [Read Details…]
A short drive away from Ohia House Bed and Breakfast is the city of Hilo. This city is built around half-moon-shaped Hilo Bay. Shop at the interesting boutiques and antique stores, or grab a bite at the wide variety of ethnic restaurants. You can also enjoy a fabulous farmers’ market every Wednesday and Saturday.
Make time for the Pacific Tsunami and Lyman Museums as well.
Don’t miss Coconut Island, also known as the Healing Island. It’s a favorite of locals for fishing, swimming, or picnicking. Its shallow sandy pools make it an ideal place for families. A must-see for new visitors is Rainbow Falls State Park, home to a spectacular waterfall just west of town.
Experience hula dancing at its finest with the annual Merrie Monarch Festival and Competition, held annually in April. This is the ultimate Hawaiian cultural event, featuring an internationally acclaimed hula competition.
Akaka Falls State Park [Read Details…]
A short 45 minutes from Ohia House Bed and Breakfast is the amazing Akaka Falls State Park. Made famous by scores of Hawaiian travel photos and movies, this 442-foot-tall waterfall offers a glimpse into the wonders that Hawaii has to offer.
Kalapana [Read Details…]
A short drive to the south of Ohia House Bed and Breakfast is the remains of Kalapana: an entire fishing village and famous black sand beach at Kaimu that was covered in lava in 1990. With a newly formed volcanic coastline, and a few reminders of the town that was, a visit to Kalapana shows the power of volcanic destruction. After many years, a new beach is being formed along the new coastline, and one can walk over long stretches of dried lava to see sights that are truly spectacular. On Wednesday nights you can enjoy Uncle Robert’s Farmers’ Market. More than a market: music, food, vendors, & local culture!
Mackenzie State Park [Read Details…]
Enjoy views of the steep coastline from this scenic park forested by iron wood trees. Catch a glimpse of the old King’s Highway, a horse road built by convict labor under King Kamehameha III in 1840. This park is also a favorite place for fisherman casting off the cliffs, and it is only a few miles away from your Ohia House Bed and Breakfast vacation home.