Before you go, contact the Big Island Visitors Bureau to request a free official vacation planner with information on accommodations, transportation, sports and activities, dining, arts and entertainment, and culture. A virtual visit on the bureau website can be helpful, and it includes a calendar section that shows what local events coincide with your visit.
The Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce has links to dozens of museums, attractions, bed-and-breakfasts, and parks on its website. The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce lists local activities. The Volcano Art Center offers a host of activities at Kilauea, including classes and workshops; music, dance, and theater performances; art shows; and volcano runs.
Big Island Visitors Bureau (HI. 808/961–5797 or 800/648–2441. www.bigisland.org.)
Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce (HI. 808/935–7178. www.hicc.biz.)
Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (HI. 808/329–1758. www.kona-kohala.com.)
Volcano Art Center (HI. 866/967–7565 or 808/967–7565. www.volcanoartcenter.org.)