10 Things to Do in Keaau That You Shouldn't Miss

December 24, 2017 Rosalyn Ihle

Keaau (also written as Keaʻau) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States located in the District of Puna. The population was 2,010 at the 2000 census. The population increased by 12.1% to 2,253 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Keaau

1. Marylou's Big Island Guided Tours - Private Tours

16-1340 39th Ave, Keaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96749
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5 based on 198 reviews

Marylou's Big Island Guided Tours - Private Tours

Reviewed By glyntor - toronto ontario

We toured with Ken for 2 days, doing Hilo the first day and Kona the second. The van was very comfortable for the 6 of us. Ken took us to all the major attractions and was willing to go to other places if we wished. He stopped at a fruit/veg. market to buy white pineapple so that we could taste how much sweeter it was than the yellow type. I found the Hilo side much more interesting. The stop at a market (which was more like a craft fair) was too long. We stopped at 2 nice places for lunch. The cost of the 2 days was very reasonable.

2. Kilauea Caverns of Fire

Between Hilo and Volcano off HWY 11, Kurtistown, Island of Hawaii, HI +1 808-217-2363
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Kilauea Caverns of Fire

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member - Charlotte, North Carolina

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour through the Kilauea lava tubes. Our tour guide, Steve, was very knowledgeable about all the different types of lava and very excited to share the tubes with us. My daughter loved seeing, in person, all of the types of lava and formations that she had learned about in school this past Spring.

3. Native Guide Hawaii

Keaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96749
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5 based on 49 reviews

Native Guide Hawaii

Reviewed By KeninSing - Singapore, Singapore

Warren is well organized, knowledgeable, and very attuned to his guests. He readily judged the capabilities of our party and adjusted the pace and itinerary accordingly. He is also very personable, and makes the day quite enjoyable. He is also a much better option than the larger tours - you get more personal service and much more information on the flora and history of the volcanoes.

4. Carlsmith Beach Park

1815 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4917
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4.5 based on 130 reviews

Carlsmith Beach Park

Reviewed By Luvtravels33 - Martinsburg, West Virginia

We saw our first sea turtle at this park. We were standing at the edge of the water, and it came right over to us. The park is very pretty and has a lot of tide pools for swimming and snorkeling.

5. Fuku Bonsai Cultural Center

17-856 Olaa Rd, Kurtistown, Island of Hawaii, HI 96760 +1 808-982-9880
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Fuku Bonsai Cultural Center

Reviewed By mvkazit - Seattle, Washington

Very interesting place. They have all kind of Bonsai trees, the owner can show trees explain how to make one (they have workshops) and they can pack tree to go and even ship it...

6. Volcano Hiking Tours

Lava Viewing Area, Keaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Volcano Hiking Tours

Admire lava flows entering the ocean and then be safely guided to where you will be within 1 or 2 meters of active flowing lava. This is an amazing opportunity not to be missed.

Reviewed By Andreas G

Thanks a lot to our tour guide Mattie. It was an awesome day and we had luck to see extraordinary lava flows. Absolutely recommandable.

7. Mauna Loa

16-701 Macadamia Rd, Keaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96749-8020
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3.5 based on 481 reviews

Mauna Loa

Reviewed By RoadCenturion - Ontario

You drive several miles off the highway to find an outlet store (that sells at full retail) and a so-called factory tour. To take the tour you climb two sets of metal stairs on the outside of the building to a walkway from which you look in the window down at the production floor. The walkway has video screens that describe the operation (when the videos work).
It's a long way to drive to get a small sample of nuts.

8. Liliuokalani Gardens

Banyan Drive, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4680 +1 808-522-7060
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4.5 based on 968 reviews

Liliuokalani Gardens

Reviewed By WorldTravelers34 - Chicago

My wife and I picked the cruise excursion that brought us to this magnificent garden. It is so relaxing and peaceful here. This is a very beautiful Japanese garden named after the Queen of Hawaii. Throughout the park are stone lanterns, stone sculptures and tori gates recalling the Japanese immigrants who came to Hawaii beginning in 1868 to work on sugar plantations.

About:
In 1907, Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, donated five acres bordering Hilo Bay for a public park. A decade later, the territorial legislature’s Committee on Public Lands and Internal Improvements increased the designated land to 17 acres. Ground was broken for Liliuokalani Gardens, named in honor of the Queen, in November 1917, the same month, sadly, that she died. It opened in 1919; the exact date is not known.

9. Haena Beach Trail

Near Keaau, Keaau, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Haena Beach Trail

Reviewed By Tim B - Kea'au

This trail is nearly unknown to tourists though it starts at the edge of the large Hawaiian Paradise Park community subdivision. The parking lot is easy to find, follow Google to the corner of beach and kaloli and turn left. Go,100 yards to the official,parking lot
The trail is roughly 2 miles and basically flat. When wet its muddy and it's best done on a dry day. You hike through a jungle for half of it and there can be mosquitoes. But all in all it's fairly easy when dry. At the end is a gorgeous stretch of coastline and finally the peppery sandy beach known as Shipman or Haena Beach. It's totally protected by a reef so it's safe as can be. There are usually turtles hanging out there and since this was the original breeding spot to save the Nene in the big island, it still has a number of them living there and it's a great place to see them. There are several nice grassy spots to sit and have lunch that you've carried in and bring water. This isn't the national park, this is an adventure for those who like interesting hikes with something at the end. It's not for the week hearted hiker, the trail is rocky in parts, sometimes fallen trees, muddy when wet and definitely mosquitoes in the middle part of the hike. But it's the nicest beach spot in Puna and if you go early in the day you might have it to yourself. At the most I've encountered 6 people there. There are some cool sand sinkholes in the water and you can sink up to your knees, it's quite save and fun. They are easy to find at low tide, harder at high tide.the hike in takes about an hour, a little less coming back.

10. Kaumana Caves Park

Kaumana Drive, Mile Marker 4, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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4.5 based on 227 reviews

Kaumana Caves Park

Reviewed By floridalibn - Lakeland, FL

OK, the cave itself was as people have said: very dark, very difficult to get your footing. We also had someone stumble and get a little banged up. Even if it were bright light, the rocks would be treacherous; with no light, it's practically assured that you'll wobble and maybe fall.

When we were parking, someone pulled up next to us. We have heard the stories about car breakins, so we watched. Wish we hadn't. He waited until we went across the street to the caves and then proceeded to pull out a net, snare one of the wild chickens, and butcher it right there (yes, there were sound effects). Our son, who is an animal lover, was distressed the rest of the day, and it really was just a little off. So, not great memories of this place from us.

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