What to Do on the Big Island When it Rains

What to Do on the Big Island When it Rains

The Big Island is the largest of all the Hawaiian Islands and known for its outdoor wonders like Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, black sand beaches, and pristine landscapes. In addition to warm sunny days, expect some rain on the island’s east (Hilo) side and the occasional shower on its west side (Kona-Kohala). Make sure you’re prepared with our favorite Big Island rainy-day activities

Feature Photo: Bhushan Thakurdwarkar

Visit a Museum

The Big Island has several museums that showcase the island’s history and culture, including Hulihe’e Palace in Kailua-Kona and the Lyman Museum and the Pacific Tsunami Museum in Hilo.

Go to a Spa

The Big Island has many spas and wellness centers, where you can indulge in a massage, facial, or other treatments. Check out some of our favorite spas here.

Learn About Remote Regions

Learn about remote regions — the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the stars in the skies — in Hilo at the Mokupapapa Discovery Center and Imiloa Astronomy Center.

Go Shopping

The Big Island has several shopping centers, malls, and markets where you can shop for souvenirs, clothing, and other items. Some popular options include the Kings’ Shops and Queen’s Marketplace in Waikoloa Beach Resort, the Keauhou Shopping Center near Kailua-Kona, and the Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo.

Visit an Art Gallery

The Big Island has a vibrant art scene, and there are several art galleries where you can view and purchase works by local artists. Some of our favorites are the  Volcano Art Center and Extreme Exposure Art Gallery near Hilo and the Genesis Gallery in Waikoloa Beach.

Go to a Movie

The Big Island has several movie theaters where you can catch the latest releases or classic films. Check out Palace Theater or Regal Prince Kuhio near Hilo or Waikoloa Luxury Cinemas and Regal Cinema Makalapua in Kona.

Take a Cooking Class

Learn to make some of the Big Island’s delicious cuisine at one of the island’s cooking classes, such as the Kulaniapia Farm-to-Table Cooking Class in Hilo.

Visit a Brewery or Winery

The Big Island has one brewery and winery that offers tastings and tours. Check out Kona Brewing Company on the Kona side and Volcano Winery in Hilo.

Learn about Hawaiian Culture

The Big Island has several centers such as the Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hāmākua and East Hawaii Cultural Center in Hilo that offer classes, workshops, and more to deepen connection to Hawaiian culture.

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