cover Moon Guide Big Island of Hawaii

Moon Big Island of Hawai‘i

Including Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Eighth Edition, August 2016
Pages: 380

Price: $17.99 USD
ISBN: 9781631212802

Expert traveler Bree Kessler covers the best sights and adventures that the Big Island has to offer, from soaking up the sun on Kona’s iconic white sand beaches to sampling local delicacies at Hilo’s popular farmer’s market. Kessler also offers one-of-a-kind trip ideas, including Eat Your Way Around the Island, Big Island on a Budget, and Just Leave Me at the Beach—an itinerary for travelers who want to spend their entire vacation relaxing on the sand. Brimming with details on checking out the sea turtles at Punalu’u Beach County Park, tidepooling in Pahoa, and venturing up Saddle Road for the spectacular views at the Mauna Kea observatory, Moon Big Island of Hawai‘i gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

This full-color travel guide includes colorful photos and helpful maps throughout.

Bree Kessler’s first visit to the Big Island of Hawai‘i was as a summer volunteer, picking pineapples on an organic farm. This experience with farming sparked an interest in urban agriculture; she returned to academia to pursue a PhD at the City University of New York in environmental psychology—the study of how people and places interact with one another.

Bree has taught courses on a variety of topics at the University of Hawai’i-Hilo, Hunter College, and the School for International Training. Outside of academia, she has a second career as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in publications such as Honolulu Magazine, Edible Hawaiian Islands, Women’s Adventure, and Wine Enthusiast. Bree has lived abroad in China, Honduras, India, South Africa, and Thailand, volunteered with the National Park Service in northern Alaska, and traveled extensively throughout Latin America.

Although Bree currently splits her time between Hawai‘i and Alaska, she always returns to the Big Island and her true vocation: exploring her island home and sharing its spirit of aloha. Learn more about her writing and research at