Big Island Revealed Guidebook Updates

Big Island Revealed Guidebook Updates

Updates to 11th Edition

It happens every time. The day after we send the files off to the printers for our brand new edition, somebody changes something that directly affects what we write. Several times we’ve e-mailed these changes to the printers. (It’s our only chance to yell that classic publisher line, Stop the presses!) But after the presses roll we’re left shaking our heads, saying, “Yeah, we know that changed. We’ll correct that in our next printing.” The internet is the next best thing to yanking back all the books in print and scribbling in the changes that always occur.

At Wizard Publications we continually strive to bring you the most up-to-date and accurate information on the islands. We are the only publisher who updates our books every time we reprint them. So if you see the updates below already listed in the book you just bought, you may have a recent printing.

The updates below are for the 11th edition of Hawaii The Big Island Revealed. There are no longer updates for earlier editions available on this site.

Note: all pages numbers refer to the printed edition of the book.

  • Kilaeau Eruption information can be found here:
  • Volcanoes National Park as the park reopens, some hikes, activities and roads still remain closed. For an updated daily list visit:
  • Roberts Hawaii (page 25) has temporarily suspended tours on Big Island.
  • Mokuaikaua Church (page 66) sanctuary is closed for renovations. Sunday services are still available.
  • Big Island Watersports (page 216) is closed until “sometime” in 2023-ish.
  • Alii Drive Map (page 67) refers you to a detail map of Kailua-Kona on page 61. That detail map is actually on page 65.
  • Waipio Valley Shuttle (paeg 133 & 135) is operating again. Waipio Valley Road down into the valley is currently closed to visitors and island residents who don’t live in the valley, but commercial tours are still available. The county hired a consulting company which concluded that the road conditions made it unsafe. There has not been an announcement as to when the road will be reopened to unpermitted drivers at press time. The lookout is still open, but you won’t be able to drive (or hike) down into the valley on your own for now.
  • The Subaru Telescope (page 145) all tours have been suspended. Read more here.
  • Hawaiian SCUBA Shack (page 221) phone number changed to 808-271-2044.
  • Big Island Watersports (page 229) is no longer doing SNUBA. The Boat Tours section of Activities has SNUBA info.
  • Hawaii Forest & Trail (page 230) phone number should be 808-300-5966.
  • DJ’s Pizza & Bakeshop is closed.
  • Kona Grill House has closed and reopened as Kānoa Grill in the Kona Crossroads Shopping Center. We will be reviewing their new location soon.
  • La Bourgogne French Restaurant now serves only a three-course prix fixe menu for $125 or $150 with wine pairing. You may view the new menu here
  • Liliko‘i Café is closed.
  • Loko Wraps is now located at 75-5595 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona and has a new phone 808-895-7872.
  • Royal Jade Garden is now called Raised In A Wok
  • Tropical Dreams Ice Cream in Waimea (now called Waimea Creamery) no longer sells ice cream from that location. However, they still do make ice cream there and you can find it at many locations on the island. Please see their locations guide here.
  • The Kona Seaside Hotel is now a 30-room boutique hotel. Their tower building has been sold and is home to the new PACIFIC 19 Kona hotel.
  • The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa is now the Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa.
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