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Activities Big Island of Hawaii  //  There is so much to do!

“Come and see what God has done, how awesome His works…” Psalm 66:5

Some of the many sites to visit while on the East side of the Big Island of Hawaii: A Great 3-D Laser show about the universe at the University of Hawaii, Hilo’s FREE Zoo – Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, or just enjoy free samples at the Big Island Candy Factory and the Macadamia Nut Factory.

Plus another 40+ Big Island attractions – most activities are completely FREE!

Top‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

Dawn of A Space Age – 3D

Witness the drive, passion, and death-defying adventures of astronauts and cosmonauts, and their perseverance to explore space. This program is the first 3D Stereo Planetarium presentation in the world. Be sure to check out the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Calendar for special events!

TopPana`ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens

Tropical Rainforest Zoo

The only Natural Tropical Rain Forest Zoo in the United States! Located off of Highway 11 in Hilo entrance to the Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo is free. The petting zoo is open each Saturday, and live tiger feeding can be seen daily.

TopBig Island Candy Factory

Big Island Candies

Big Island Candies was established in 1977 to manufacture and market fine quality macadamia nut candies and cookies using 100 percent Hawaii-grown macadamia nuts and Kona coffee, island eggs, real butter and high-grade chocolate. Since its founding, Big Island Candies has continuously introduced new and imaginative products that “wow” both the eyes and taste buds of its growing legion of fans.

TopThe Macadamia Nut Factory

Moana Loa Macadamia Nut Factory

In 1881, the first macadamia tree came to Hawaii. The University of Hawaii embarked on 20 years of testing, observing some 60,000 trees. Eventually nine strains were developed that could consistently produce high quality macadamia nuts. That was the beginning of a long partnership between MAUNA LOA and the University of Hawaii, which continues today.

TopMore to do on The Big Island

Discover Everything The Big Island has to Offer

From botanical gardens to tropical waterfalls the Big Island’s natural beauty has more to explore.