I went a few years ago to visit a friend that lives on the big island so we did some cool stuff that arent just the normal touristy stuff. I would suggest driving to the top of Mauna Kea, you never expect to see snow in Hawaii! But also if you look into it they have an observatory up there that has some great view of stars. I got lucky and when I was there Mars was visible. Hiking around the mountain around sunset is great.
My favorite part of the trip was hiking back to Hi'ilawe Falls, I didnt remember the name off the top of my head so I had to look it up. And I now see that you arent really supposed to hike back to the base of the falls, cause of private property but we didnt know that at the time. The falls were minimal during the time we were there but standing at the base of a 1,600ft waterfall is pretty sick! (It was only a 20 minute hike off the actual path to get back to the falls so I still suggest you do it haha)
Volcano National Park was ok, it is definitely cool to see the lava, but when its pitch black everywhere else you can just see orange where the lava is and nothing else is visible. So if you do go to check out the lava try to go right at sunset so there is still alittle light and you can see the landscape as well.
Kona is a pretty cool place to hang out, very laid back and usually some live bands playing nightly.
Hope this helps, have a good trip!
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