Rest and Relaxation



  1. Lie on a hammock at the Mauna Lani or the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resorts with your paperback, iPad, or Kindle in hand and let the gentle trade winds and the sound of the ocean sweep away your cares.

  1. Enjoy a free concert of Hawaiian music or hula at the Kings’ Shops in Waikoloa Village. (schedule)

  1. At sunset, stop whatever you are doing to watch the sun sizzle into the Pacific. Watch for the Mythical Green Flash.

  1. Watch the dolphins play in the dolphin pool at the Hilton Waikoloa Hotel. While you are there, ride the mahogany canal boats, ride the tram, and stroll the Museum Walkway perusing $7 million of Pacific Rim art. If you are not staying at the Hilton, ask about a day pass that lets you enjoy all the amenities of the hotel for a reasonable fee.

  1. Watch manta rays swoop and swim through tropical waters from the ocean-front lanai at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort or from the oceanside pathway at the Mauna Kea Resort.

  1. Attend an ukulele lesson, learn to hula, or watch a weekly ‘Movie under the Stars” at the pavilion at the Queens’ MarketPlace in the Waikoloa Village Resort. Click here for a schedule of events.

  1. If the weather is sunny, consider having a picnic lunch at the park in cool Waimea (gather your picnic fixins’ at a grocery store in town). The weather in Waimea is changeable. Consider carrying a lightweight waterproof jacket in your lightweight day-pack.

  1. Retreat to advance. Spend a day or longer at a Zen center nestled in the cool tropical mountains of Wood Valley. Phone (808) 928-8539 for information

  1. Swim with Dolphins at

  2. Dolphin Quest at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Get up close and personal with these amazing mammals. Phone 1.800.248.3316 for information.

  1. Take off your shoes and sink your toes into the soft, warm sand of a Kohala Coast beach. (map)


Ku'u aku: (koo-oo-AH-koo) is the Hawaiian phrase for rest and relaxation. Whether it is lying on a hammock with the sound of swishing palm fronds lulling you to sleep or letting the hands of an expert masseuse melt away your tension, there are lots of opportunities on The Big Island to do nothing ...and do it well. Here are a few of them:

Hawaii Big Island Resort Spas

Enhance your visit to our island by melting into the world that surrounds you and indulging in a feat of relaxation and pleasure.

Submarine and Glass Bottom Boat Cruises

Step aboard an authentic submarine or glass bottom boat and tour the underwater sea world, without having to get wet! This is a great introduction to the Hawaiian reef system and an opportunity to see many of the marine animals that make the reef their home.

Champagne Sunset Sail

End your day in Hawaii with a sunset cruise along the beautiful Kohala Coast. With departure from Waikoloa Beach, this romantic sail is perfect for those staying on the Kohala Coast!

Sunset Dinner Cruise

Create a magical end to your day in Hawaii with a sunset dinner cruise on the lovely Big Island waters.

Experience an Authentic Luau

There’s no better way to combine history, entertainment, fun and food, a Hawaiian vacation would not be complete without attending at least one Big Island luau.

Private Boat Charter

Anchors away, as you set out on an unforgettable sailing adventure! Launching from the Big Island of Hawaii's beautiful Hilo Bay, this private tour is perfect for cruise ship passengers visiting Hilo


A Relaxing Paradise

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