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Eighth Edition, August 2016
Pages: 380

Price: $17.99 USD
ISBN: 9781631212802

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ISBN: 9781631212819

Moon Big Island of Hawai‘i

Including Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Explore sublime beaches, wander idyllic valleys, and admire the fiery power of the volcanoes. See the heart of Hawaii with Moon Big Island of Hawaiʻi, the travel guide preferred by locals.

What You’ll Find in Moon Big Island of Hawaiʻi Travel Guide:

  • Local author Bree Kessler’s expert wisdom on the spirit of her island home
  • Full-color guides with vibrant, helpful photos, all in an easy-to-navigate format
  • Detailed directions and over 20 maps for exploring on your own
  • Itineraries for every trip and budget with options for rainy days, including:
    • A Week on the Big Island
    • Best Beaches
    • Outdoor Adventures
    • Hotspots for Honeymooners
    • Historical Sites
    • Underwater Exploration
    • Best for Families
  • In-depth, focused coverage for Kona, Kohala, Kaʻu, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Puna, Hilo, Hamakua Coast, Waimea, and the Saddle Road
  • Honest advice on finding the best accommodations, accessible transportation, and navigating the island like a local
  • Activities and ideas for every traveler: snorkel the coral reefs or surf the waves. Traverse the lush island trails by bicycle or horseback, or hike a volcano by lava light. Attend a traditional luau and sample Polynesian cuisine, or find the best spot for dining, dancing, and sunset romance.
  • Nuanced information, researched by a local, including background on the landscape, plants and animals, history, and culture
  • Handy tools such as detailed lodging information and suggestions on LGBT+ travel and eco-tourism, all in a book light enough for your beach bag

With Moon Big Island of Hawaiʻi’s practical tips, myriad activities, and local insight on the best things to do and see, you can plan your trip your way.

Interested in island hopping? Check out Moon Honolulu & Oʻahu, Moon Kauaʻi, and Moon Maui. Visiting all the Islands? Check out Moon Hawaiian Islands.

Bree Kessler

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