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The Big Island of Hawaii may be synonymous with luxurious tropical escapes, but you can also vacation there on the cheap. Marvel at the volcanic black sands of Punaluu Black Sand Beach, then take some time for reflection in the stunning surrounds of Wood Valley -- both free. And while you're in bargain-hunting mode, visit the old mill town of Pahoa for an eclectic mix of shops, cheap eateries and a stroll along the bustling boardwalk. To get even more bang for your buck, visit Pahoa on the weekend and hit up the Makuu Farmers Market for fresh, cheap produce.

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Paniolo Greens Resort

3 stars
4.2 / 5 91 reviews
Waikoloa upcountry resort on golf course, with fully-equipped villasGolfers rejoice at the Paniolo Greens at Waikoloa resort, with extraordinarily large one- and two-bedroom villas set on a peaceful upcountry championship fairway. Villas gaze across green landscaping, the ocean and distant volcanoes. All accommodations include a fully-equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, private patio and free high-speed Internet access. Guests of the Paniolo Greens at Waikoloa resort enjoy swimming, tennis, fitness center and barbecue area. Dine in-room or visit several area restaurants offering upscale and casual options. HighlightsSwimming poolsOutdoor grilling areaFitness centerFree high-speed Internet accessFull kitchens in all accommodations LocationLess than an hour north of Kailua-Kona and just upland from the coast, the Paniolo Greens at Waikoloa resort offers South Kohala country peace and quiet right on Waikoloa Village Golf Course. A sandy beach at Anaehoomalu Bay and plentiful shopping and dining are a short drive away from the Paniolo Greens at Waikoloa resort. RoomsThe Paniolo Greens at Waikoloa resort features lavish, upcountry-style one- and two-bedroom villas on the golf course. Accommodations offer plenty of space for sharing with family or friends. Each villa includes a fully-equipped kitchen, private patio, air conditioning (fees may apply), ceiling fan, washer/dryer, cable TV, DVD/CD player and free high-speed Internet access. DiningPaniolo Greens at Waikoloa resort guests enjoy “home cooking” with the full kitchens of all accommodations. The Paniolo Greens at Waikoloa resort also is within easy driving to several of the Big Island’s best restaurants including upscale, family and casual eateries. RecreationGuests at the Paniolo Greens at Waikoloa resort enjoy swimming pools, Jacuzzi, fitness center and outdoor grilling area. Golf also is available near the Paniolo Greens at Waikoloa resort (fees apply).   TransportationKona International Airport (24 mi/38.6 km)   AttractionsKings’ Shops/Queens’ MarketPlace (6.8 mi/11 km)Anaehoomalu Bay (7.5 mi/12.1 km)Hapuna Beach (11.5 mi/18.5 km)Lapakahi State Historical Park (24.5 mi/39.4 km)Kailua-Kona (30.5 mi/49 km)Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (50.2 mi/80.8 km)Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (via Waimea) (101 mi/163 km) Policies and feesThe pool area will be closed for refurbishments from 7 - 28 Oct 2014. Periodic closures to the adjoining fitness facilities will also occur. 
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Fairways at Mauna Lani

4 stars
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The Fairways at Mauna Lani provide a home away from home in the beautiful Mauna Lani resort, a stone's throw from the Fairmont Orchid and Mauna Lani Bay Hotels. Two and three bedroom town homes with private garage and no upstairs neighbors with views of the golf course or a pool and park view. With access to spa , tennis and fitness center and the Mauna Lani Beach Club nearby in the Mauna Lani Resort. Guest Arrival and Departure: Check in and check out at Outrigger Condominium Collection at the Kings' Shops, 250 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Suite B13. We highly recommend that guests rent a car. One complimentary parking stall is available in the unit's garage. Front desk hours: 9am until 7pm daily. Please contact the front desk on the day of arrival if you expect to check in after 7pm.
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Hilo Naniloa Hotel, a LITE Hotel

2 stars
3.0 / 5 146 reviews
Island-style hotel on Hilo waterfront offers location, value and views Hilo Naniloa Hotel, a LITE Hotel rests right on the edge of Hilo Bay, with views onto the town and volcano Mauna Kea. The property opens onto lush gardens, an oceanfront swimming pool and a waterfront wedding gazebo. Renovated rooms are lovely, with locally created artwork and new furnishings. Downtown Hilo's shops and attractions are within a few minutes' drive, and Hilo Naniloa Hotel is on the same road that leads to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. HighlightsUpgraded and older-model rooms available, all spacious and view-friendlyStart each day with traditional breakfast buffet serviceOceanfront swimming pool, sundeckWedding gazeboFree parking LocationFronting tranquil Hilo Bay along Hilo's historic Banyan Drive, Hilo Naniloa Hotel, a LITE Hotel offers views of the bay, Coconut Island and the volcano Mauna Kea. Liliuokalani Park and Gardens is a short walk, and a golf course is across the street. RoomsHilo Naniloa Hotel, a LITE Hotel features two towers and 383 rooms, many with grand views of Mauna Kea, Hilo town and the bay. Mauna Kea Tower rooms have been renovated to include a marble bathroom, updated furnishings, locally made artwork, a 32-inch flat-screen TV and free high-speed Internet access. Mauna Loa Tower rooms are more budget-priced, and include ocean views, a 32-inch LCD TV and mini-refrigerator.  FeaturesHilo Naniloa Hotel, a LITE Hotel features the breakfast-only cafe Sunrise Lanai, serving a traditional full buffet. Hilo offers many additional restaurants and cafes, including the nearby Ken's House of Pancakes, a longtime local favorite.Put on some sunscreen for a day of sunshine and relaxation at the Hilo Naniloa Hotel swimming pool and sundeck. Golfers can tee off at a 9-hole golf course across the street (fees apply). TransportationHilo International Airport (3.4 mi/5.5 km) AttractionsPacific Tsunami Museum (1.9 mi/3 km)Lyman Museum (2.1 mi/3.4 km)Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii (4.6 mi/7.4 km)Panaewa Rainforest Zoo (5.9 mi/9.6 km)Akaka Falls (16.4 mi/26.5 km)Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (28.6 mi/46 km)
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Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 241 reviews
Grand Hapuna Beach hotel with ocean views from every roomWith an ancient name Hapuna, or "Spring of Life," the award-winning Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel sits oceanfront upon South Kohala's remarkable Hapuna Beach. All 350 luxurious guest rooms offer ocean views from private balconies. The resort shares its oceanfront landscape with sister property Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, combining amenities for an extended resort with championship golf courses, tennis, spas, a fitness center, swimming pool, restaurants and more. HighlightsEnjoy access and signing privileges at the neighboring Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Hapuna Beach is frequently ranked among America's best beaches by Condé Nast TravelerStargaze at the hotel's high-powered telescope with professional astronomers several days each week LocationLess than an hour north of Kailua-Kona on the South Kohala Coast, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel fronts the grand Hapuna Beach, one of the Big Island's most famed beaches. Kings' Shops and Queens' MarketPlace are less than 10 miles south, with plentiful shopping and dining. RoomsHapuna Beach Prince Hotel angles away from the beach, offering ocean views from its 350 oversized guest rooms. Each includes a private balcony, Japanese robes, high-speed Internet access (fees may apply), bathroom amenities and large bathroom with double vanity. FeaturesRecreationHapuna Beach Prince Hotel features an oceanfront swimming pool, fitness center, golf course and full-service spa (fees apply). Guests may use facilities at the neighboring Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, including Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara and Mauna Kea Golf Course (fees apply). DiningGuests choose from several dining experiences at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. The open-air Ocean Terrace does breakfast both a la carte and buffet. The poolside Beach Bar offers salads, fresh fish and sandwiches -- or guests can make their own salads at Café Hapuna. Coast Grill features fresh Island ingredients with an American bistro slant. Room service is available. AttractionsHapuna Beach (In front)Kings' Shops/Queens' MarketPlace (8.1 mi/15 km)Lapakahi State Historical Park (14 mi/22.6 km)Kailua-Kona (31.7 mi/51 km)Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (51.4 mi/82.7 km)Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (via Waimea) (97 mi/156 km) Policies and feesSelf parking: $15 USD + tax per day Valet Parking: $20 USD + tax per day
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Royal Kona Resort

3 stars
3.8 / 5 434 reviews
Oceanfront Kailua resort features Don the Beachcomber mai tai heavenPerched on a lava-rock promontory on the edge of downtown Kailua-Kona, the Royal Kona Resort is a landmark hotel with renovated rooms and stellar ocean views. On site, guests find the legendary Don the Beachcomber Restaurant and Don's Mai Tai Bar. A tri-star shaped hotel built around an open-air lobby and surrounded by a tropical saltwater fishpond, the atmosphere captures the Big Island spirit without forgoing all the niceties of resort living. A sandy beach ledge, sheltered swimming lagoon and split-level swimming pool add to the romance.   HighlightsSplit-level swimming poolFitness centerLegendary Don the Beachcomber restaurant and mai tai barSaltwater swimming lagoon and mini-beachEvening luau and Polynesian revue LocationThe oceanfront Royal Kona Resort is perched on a dramatic lava-rock bluff in Kailua-Kona town, just minutes from restaurants and shops. The Kona region is a favorite Big Island destination for its sunshine, snorkeling, coffee and macadamia nut farms, big-game fishing and local-style charm. RoomsThe tri-star shaped Royal Kona Resort has recently refurbished and remodeled its accommodations, resulting in a fresh, Island-contemporary atmosphere. Each alii, bay and lagoon tower guest room features a beautiful garden, mountain or ocean view, private balcony, air conditioning, TV, mini-refrigerator and high-speed wireless Internet access at the Royal Kona Resort (fees may apply). DiningThe Royal Kona Resort is home to the legendary Don the Beachcomber Restaurant and Don’s Mai Tai Bar, where, of course, a mai tai is a must. Several nights a week, the Royal Kona Resort also presents an oceanfront luau and Polynesian revue. Restaurants are plentiful throughout Kailua-Kona. RecreationEnjoy the Royal Kona Resort's split-level swimming pool, saltwater swimming lagoon and mini-beach, tennis courts (fees apply), fitness center and full-service spa (fees apply).   TransportationKona International Airport (9.4 mi/15 km)   AttractionsHulihee Palace (0.7 mi/1.1 km)Downtown Kailua-Kona (0.8 mi/1.2 km)Kahaluu Beach Park (“Snorkel Beach”) (4.1 mi/6.6 km)Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park (4.4 mi/7 km)Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (19.2 mi/30.9 km)Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (via Captain Cook) (92.8 mi/149 km) Policies and feesThe pool will be closed from 23 September to 30 September. During this period, the private saltwater lagoon will remain available. Guests can also use the pool facilities at neighboring Kona Reef.
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Big Island of Hawaii highlights

  • Big Island highlights
  • Waimea

    This unique, historic area is home to a big expanse of green pastures, a kitschy country vibe and the best photo ops in town. If you're not up for walking, pay a little extra to take a horseback tour and then wrap things up at the Polulu Valley Lookout for priceless views.

  • Kona Coffee Tasting Tour

    This self-guided tour is a must for coffee lovers. Twenty miles of scenic mountainside host nearly 600 specialty coffee farms, boasting the strongest, most delicious beans on the Big Island.

  • Kalapana

    This remarkable spot lies right at the heart of Puna, and will be a highlight of your Big Island travels. The village is partially covered in lava after Kilauea erupted back in 1990, and it's seriously cool to see. For a value-added extra, visit the 17-acre Lava Tree State Park to check out the lava rock trees dating back to the 1700s.

  • Saddle Road

    If you've got a taste for adventure and your budget can stretch to a hardcore vehicle, this drive is a must on your Big Island travels. The winding road climbs up to an insane 6000 feet, and when you reach the top, you're guaranteed the views of a lifetime.

  • Mauna Kea Observatory

    Perched atop the Mauna Kea volcano is this mind-blowing observatory where, for a small fee, you can talk learn about astronomy from a team of experts. Look through the telescopes, and marvel over the moon-like terrain of Mauna Kea. A must for every Big Island vacation.

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