Kehena Black Sand Beach
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. Clothing is optional at this beach.
Hawaii's Best Snorkeling: Kapoho Tide Pools
Some of the best snorkeling is on 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!
Red Road Drive: The Most Beautiful Road on The Big Island
Just south of Ohia House is the Kapoho-Kalapana Road, also known as the "Red Road" because the road was once made of cinder pavement. Enjoy a scenic ocean drive considered by many to be the most beautiful in the entire state. Stretching along the southeast coast, many segments of the 6-mile road are almost completely covered by a canopy of trees and jungle foliage.
The Ahalanui Park 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. Coconut groves surround this park and make it a perfect setting for an afternoon picnic.
Lava Tree State Park
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
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, anthuriums, and native Hawaiian plants throughout the sun-dappled paths.
Isaac Hale Beach Park
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, this is where you will catch the Lava Boat tours.
Pana'Ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens
Take a 20-minute drive to the Nation's only natural tropical rainforest zoo where you will find more than 80 animal species, including a White Bengal Tiger.
Treat yourself to a wine tasting in paradise at Volcano Winery. Producing local wines inspired by the unique elements of the Big Island, Volcano Winery produces most of their wines from Symphony Grapes. Find a vintage you enjoy? Volcano Winery can ship your favorite wines back to some mainland states.
Mauna Loa Macadamia Visitor Center
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
Forty minutes away from Ohia House is the city of Hilo. This city is built around the crescent-shaped Hilo Bay. Often described as the "Honolulu before the jets came", Hilo is a visit back in time to "Old Hawaii". 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.
Don't miss Coconut Island, also known as the Healing Island, and is 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
A short 45 minutes from Ohia House 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.
Play a round of championship golf on Pele's Course at the Volcano Golf and Country Club, situated on the rim of the active Kilauea volcanic crater. This public course is 18 holes, par 72, and has a total of 6,547 yards of playing area.
Old Town Pahoa
Five minutes away from Ohia House is the quaint old town of Pahoa. This Hawaiian village started out
in the late 1800s as a lumber town making koa and ohia railroad ties, and later became a sugar town.
Around 1960 Pahoa was named the anthurium and papaya capital of the world. With its alternative flair,
this historic town boasts several excellent restaurants, shops and galleries, and even an open market
on Sunday mornings.
A short drive to the south of Ohia House 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.
Mackenzie State Park
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 vacation home.
To reach the stars you will not want to miss a visit to the Big Island's tallest volcano, Mauna Kea. The summit is home to the world's largest observatory for optical, infrared, and submillimeter astronomy. A sunrise is quite a sight here, as the sun rises from the ocean far below, and the volcano casts a shadow some fifty miles out to sea.