Rainy Day Activities: Big Island

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Oh no, it's raining on your vacation! Think you are stuck inside? Think again. With a name like the Big Island there is plenty to do when you don't want to get wet.

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Volcano Winery

Enjoy a wine tasting for under $10 at Volcano Winery. With wines made with local tropical fruit and inspired by volcanic fire, you are sure to find unique flavors here!

Beer Tasting

Why stop at wine tasting? Why not try a beer tasting too at Kona Brewing Company, Hawaii Nui Brewing Compnay, or Mehana Brewing Company.

Coffee Farm Tasting

With hundreds of coffee farms on the Kona side of the Big Island you can skip your morning cup of java and go coffee tasting at as many of these farms that offer it. Free coffee, woo hoo! Try Arianna Farms 'Ono Kona Coffee, Ka'U Coffee Mill, Buddha's Sanctuary, or Green Gecko Coffee to name a few.

Friends of NELHA

Take a tour of the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park and see the future of food.

Museums

Tour of the Lyman Museum & Mission House and learn the story of Hawaii or the Pacific Tsunami Museum, which is dedicated to Tsunami education. Go to the Mokupapapa Discovery Center to learn about Papahanaumokuakea.

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park


This National Historical Park is very dry and hot so visiting it on a damp day is a great idea.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


If you visit Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on a rainy day you may be able to see steam vents that aren't there when it's dry outside. Just remember it is steam, so no touching, please.

Hulihe'e Palace


Walk through the summer home of Hawaiian royalty and see how they lived during the Victorian age.

Big Island Candies Inc.

Stop in here and sample delicious treats and experience “omiyage” as only Hawaii can do.

Art Gallery

There are so many art galleries on the Big Island that is may be difficult to choose which to go to, here are a few to choose from, Clint Sloan Galleries, Genesis Galleries Hawaii, Isaacs Art Center, Pacific Fine Art, or Volcano Art Center Gallery.

Shopping

When all else fails go shopping! There are not a ton of shopping centers on the Big Island, but what they have is impressive. Check out Kings' Shops, Queens' MarketPlace, or Prince Kuhio Plaza.
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It's raining on the Big Island! What do you do? This year was the first year that we have experienced rain, and not just that 5 minute sprinkle, it was a downpour with monsoon type wind. We were eating at Bongo Bens outside when it hit. We went to WalMart, Target, Costco and got our weekly stuff we were going to be needing. Then we went back and sat on the lanai.
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