A Total Hawaii Island Tour:The Legends and Myths of Hawaii
by WAI WAI TOURS
Tour includes a Malasada and Dinner
On this tour you will experience the beauty of Hawaii’s premier tour spots, including Waipi’o Valley, Rainbow Falls, Kalanuipua’a Lava Tube and more! As you visit each location, you will learn more about Hawaii’s fascinating legends and myths such as the Demigod, Maui, and the Moon Goddess, Hina. The exciting history and great story of King Kamehameha and more will be shared at Naha Stone. Finally, you are invited to see one of Hawaii’s greatest treasures, its natural wonder of star gazing. Your guide will navigate your star gazing experience in some of the clearest skies in the world.
Here are some examples of what will be experienced:
Kalanuipua’a Lava Tube 12:30. No Lunch provided. Please bring your own snacks!
One the world’s 3 most famous “power” spots, ancient Hawaiians used this cave for shelter and because of the good ventilation, it allowed them to cook and do other daily activities in the cave. When you stand under the vent, as shown above, the sun will create an effect where you are covered and surrounded by the sun’s rays. Some would say this is your spiritual aura surround you.
Tex Drive In: Famous Fresh Malasadas! (Honoka’a). 13:30
Malasadas are Hawaii’s signature doughnuts. Originally a Portuguese confection, Portuguese immigrants coming to work on the sugar cane plantations ended up bringing malasadas to Hawaii. Part of the malasada history is the Portuguese Catholic heritage, which required them to fast for 3 days, and at the end of their fast they celebrated with malasadas. At Tex Drive In, you’ll enjoy some of Hawaii’s tastiest malasadas!
Waipi’o Valley “The Valley of the Kings” 14:00
In the ancient kingdom of Hawaii, kings lived in this deeply cut and incredible valley. King Kamehameha spent his childhood living in this valley as he was molded with Pono (righteous) power and Hawaiian kingship. When visiting this valley, you will be able to see the breathtaking Hi’ilawe Falls. These waterfalls cascade down 1,300 feet in the back of Waipi’o Valley. At the same time, you will be able to witness wild horses, kalo (taro) plantations, vast fish ponds and more from old Hawaiian living that still continues in the Valley of the Kings.
Historic Honoka’a Town (Honoka’a from tour Van) 14:30.
This nostalgic and historic town was a gathering place for all corners of Hawaii’s immigrants; Portuguese, Chinese, Filipino and Japanese immigrants all worked at large sugar plantations. When you walk around, you will notice an old train platform in the town. Some of the buildings established in early 1900, such as a health clinic and Honoka’a People’s Theater, are still standing and can be seen today. From immigrants living together in the same area, you can also see a Catholic Temple and Japanese Buddhist Temple standing next to each other.
Old Town of Hilo (Hilo). 15:30.
Going back in time to 1985 when the Reciprocal Immigration Treaty between Kingdom of Hawaii and Japan was started, almost 20,000 Japanese immigrants (85% men) had arrived into this old town of Hilo. Around the same time 10,000 Filipino (85% men) arrived as well according to the 1991 census. You can also visit Hilo’s famous Shipman bed & breakfast hidden behind Hilo High School. While in downtown Hilo, you will have some time to visit the Hilo Farmer’s Market and ocean front stores. A great time for souvenir shopping!
Big Island Candies (Hilo） 16:30
Established in 1977 by Mr. & Mrs. Ikawa, Big Island Candies is the original macadamia nut short bread cookie store. With all hand made and hand dipped (local chocolate) delicious shortbread cookies, you can have a taste for yourself with some samples! Coffee samples also offered with some of the best coffee, Kona coffee and Ka’u coffee. Great place to get gifts!
Lili’uokalani Park and Moku Ola (Hilo） 17:00
A park created for the 100 year Japanese/Filipino Immigration celebration. Here you will find a Japanese tea ceremony house and Japanese Torii (entrance gate of gods) that creates an inviting beautiful Japanese garden. Located a short distance from Lili’uokalani Park, we will see Moku Ola aka “Coconut Island”, which was in the Hawaiian mythology where the demigod, Maui, pulled the land out of the deep ocean. We will also visit Moku Ola King’s Healing Island where you will see many sea turtles.
King Kamehameha Statue, Wailoa Park (Hilo). 17:30
This famous statue of King Kamehameha the Great was erected at Wailoa Park celebrating King Kamehameha Day on Jun 11 1997 in Hilo. Another King Kamehameha Statue was built for Hawaii becoming a state in 1959 located at Washington DC Congress Hall. Two more King Kamehameha Statues also reside in Honolulu and Hawi on the Big Island.
Rainbow Falls (Hilo) 18:00
Naha Stone (Hilo) 18:30
The stone was originally located on Kauai Island and the king Naha shipped it back to Hilo.There were two original stones, which are currently displayed at the Hilo Library. As you can see the stone is incredibly large and heavy, and in Hawaiian mythology, if you move the Naha Stone you become the king of Hawaii. Legend has it that a prophet prayed for King Kamehameha, and he was able to move the Naha stone.
Ken’s House of Pancake 19:00
This local favorite 24/7 restaurant is known for its good service where you can find lots of local favorite foods. For the included dinner, you will have a choice from the tour selected menu (Fish Mahi Mahi Plate, Steak&Onion, Pork or Vegetarian Sandwich and Hamburger/Fries for kids). All dinners comes with small size pancakes as well.
Twilight Lava Viewing at Pahoa 20:00
We will visit Pahoa Town, where we can see evening glow of the current lava eruption. * We visit only when lava eruption is active.
Stargazing at Mauna Kea Park (Mauna Kea)（elevation 7,000 feet） 21:00
Here you will experience one of world’s best night skies. Clean air, clear sky, and 90% total darkness are some of the perfect conditions to make an unforgettable stargazing experience. That is the reason why Mauna Kea is home to a number of independent astronomical research facilities and large telescope observatories that are located at the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi.
*We will re-locate the stargazing if weather is cloudy or unfavorable at the location.