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Big Island Revealed Guidebook Updates

Updates to 10th 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 10th edition of Hawaii The Big Island Revealed. Note: all pages numbers refer to the printed edition of the book.

Temporary Updates:

  • Volcanoes National Park as the park reopens, some hikes, activities and roads still remain closed. For an updated daily list visit: https://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm.
  • Mauna Loa Road in Volcanoes National Park is closed past Kīpukapuaulu Gate due to strong and hazardous winds.
  • Roberts Hawaii (page 25) has temporarily suspended tours on Big Island.
  • Mokuaikaua Church (page 66) sanctuary is closed for renovations.
  • Thurston Lava Tube (page 96, 101, 188, 201 & 244) is closed indefinitely due shifting of a crack in the ceiling.
  • Mauna Loa Visitor Center (page 116) has renovated and reopened their visitor center store. The Self-Guided Factory Tour, Snack Shop, and Sampling Bar remain closed while they make improvements.
  • Waipio Valley Road (pages 132–136) down into the valley is currently closed to visitors and island residents who don’t live in the valley. 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 at this time. This includes all businesses/sites that operate in that area: Na‘alapa Stables–Waipi‘o (page 215), Waipi‘o on Horseback (page 215), Waipi‘o Valley Wagon Tours (page 216), and the Adventure “Lose Yourself in Waimanu Valley” on (pages 245–247).
  • Big Island Watersports (page 216) is closed until “sometime” in 2022-ish.
  • Lava Lava Beach Club (Island Dining) is closed for renovations until October 2022 or later.

General Information & Updates:

  • Harper Car & Truck Rental (page 23) is closed.
  • Big Island Harley-Davidson (page 24) is closed.
  • Big Island Motorcycle (page 24) is closed.
  • Portuguese Man-Of-War (page 34) Instructions should read: If you do get stung, immediately remove the tentacles with a gloved hand, stick or whatever is handy and rinse thoroughly with vinegar to remove any adhering nematocysts. Then immerse in hot water or apply a hot pack for 45 minutes.
  • Baby’s Away (page 38) phone number should be 800-996-9030.
  • Waimea Homestead Farmers Market (page 45) is closed. Try Waimea Town Market in at Parker School 65-1224 Lindsey Road, Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Waimea Midweek Farmers Market (page 45) is now open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Discovery Antiques (page 73) no longer serves ice cream.
  • Charter Desk (page 97) is closed.
  • Botanical World Adventures (page 128) phone number is 808-731-1160.
  • Mauna Kea Beach / Kauna‘oa Beach (page 157) parking is now $20 per car for non-residents.
  • Waialea (Beach 69) (page 159) parking is $10. Entrance is $5 per person.
  • Dolphin Encounters (mentioned in Activities under Boat Tours and in the Adventures chapter). There have been big changes in the law regarding swimming with dolphins which has had a big affect on our dolphin adventure. (The dolphins apparently hired a lobbyist who managed to get a rule change.) We have updated the Hawaii Revealed app and will update the next printed edition. Bottom line? Companies that promised close encounters with dolphins aren’t able to do that anymore. Click here for the ruling from NOAA.
  • Waipi‘o Valley Shuttle (page 135) price for the pick up is now $20 (instead of $10) and can only be done on 1 p.m. shuttle. But they currently can’t run due to closure of the road into the valley. See temp. updates above.
  • Kahua Ranch (page 187) no longer doing ATV tours.
  • Sea Wife II (page 197) is closed.
  • Queen’s Bath (page 207 & 209) When you go to Keanalele (Queen’s Bath), you may notice an abundance of signs urging you not to swim in the water. Although visitors and locals alike used to take a dip in the waterhole, many organizations are urging everyone to help preserve Keanalele by refraining from swimming in it. The pool was historically used seasonally as a place for Hawaiians to gather freshwater from, and people in recent years have introduced sunscreen, bug spray and detergents into the previously pristine waters. These chemicals ruin the waterhole’s potability and eventually flow into nearshore estuaries, which negatively impacts the ecosystems surrounding the pool.
  • Dahana Ranch (page 215) is now 4d Quarter Horses and their phone number is 808-987-4872. Their prices and tours have changed – click here.
  • Flumin’ Kohala (page 218) is closed. The ditch was destroyed in a landslide.
  • Aloha Kayak Co. (page 218) doesn’t rent kayaks anymore. They just do tours.
  • Ocean Sports (page 218) rents kayaks at ‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay as Hypr Nalu Hawai‘i has a new phone 808-990-7776.
  • Hawaiian SCUBA Shack (page 221) phone number changed to 808-271-2044.
  • Nautilus Dive Center (page 222 & 223) is closed.
  • Hawaii Forest & Trail (page 230) phone number should be 808-300-5966.

From the Island Dining chapter, the following restaurants have closed:

  • Annie’s Island Fresh Burgers
  • Café Concerto
  • Charley’s Thai Cuisine
  • Get Sum Pizza
  • Hale I‘a Da Fish House
  • Hawaiian Licks
  • Kope Lani
  • Low Store Market & Deli
  • Ocean Sushi
  • Paradise Brewing Company
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House

From the Where To Stay chapter:

  • The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa is now the Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa.