Updated: Aug 28
While living on Oahu we were only able to explore the Big Island over a long weekend. Below are some of the things we did.
If you're going to The Big Island, you need to take the day and explore Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. The crater has changed since the last eruption of the Volcano so it might look different than the picture you see. Don't miss out on exploring the lava tubes and the hieroglyph field.
On the Hilo side of the Big Island, we explored Rainbow Falls and the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory. The Factory lets you sample every flavor they have and you can see how the Mac Nuts are sorted, covered in chocolate or another coating and packaged.
(Mac nut flavors)
If you have an extra day and can make it to the Kona side of the Big Island, I recommend driving up to Mauna Kea. The sunsets can be amazing as well as the views. Be careful about altitude sickness and visit the visitors center which is halfway up and allows your body to adjust to the altitude.