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SPECIAL HAWAII ISSUE

Big Island: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Volcano House tell two stories

The Big Island hotels are legendary. Whether you are a guest or not, you should check out their wondrous surroundings.

April 26, 2009|Christopher Reynolds

After years of idleness, the old building was rescued and restored in the 1970s. Now it thrives as a gallery, bright with paintings, photos, jewelry and carvings. We made it our last stop in the park, then headed back outside to chase more rainbows.

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chris.reynolds@latimes.com

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If you go

THE BEST WAY TO THE BIG ISLAND

From LAX, nonstop service is offered on Delta, United and American, and connecting service (change of planes) on Hawaiian, United, Continental and Northwest. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $364.

WHERE TO STAY

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Kohala Coast; (808) 882-7222 or (866) 977-4589; www.maunakeabeachhotel.com. Eight stories, 258 rooms, four restaurants, pool, spa, beachfront setting with 36 neighboring golf holes. Brochure rates $450 to $1,000 nightly. Special offers through Sept. 30 include free children's meals, and travelers booking a $700 room can have a second room free.

Volcano House, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; (808) 967-7321. Two stories, 42 rooms, restaurant on the edge of Kilauea volcano. Rates $100 to $230 nightly.

Rustic cabins also available three miles away at $55 per night.

WHERE TO EAT

Kilauea Lodge, Volcano Village; 19-3948 Old Volcano Road, Volcano Village; (808) 967-7366, www.kilauealodge.com. Breakfast and dinner in a refurbished old lodge. Dinner entrees $19.50 to $45.

Lava Rock Cafe, 19-3972 Old Volcano Highway, Volcano Village; (808) 967-8526. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Prices up to $9.95.

Daniel Thiebaut, 65-1259 Kawaihae Road, Kamuela (Waimea); (808) 887-2200, www.danielthiebaut.com. French meets Hawaiian, with lots of local ingredients. Dinner entrees about $20 to $39.

Pau, 65-1227 Opelo Road, Kamuela (Waimea); (808) 885-6325, www.paupizza.com. Casual soups, salads, pizzas and snacks. Sandwiches $9 to $12. Entrees $15 to $20. Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

TO LEARN MORE

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, www.nps.gov/havo.

Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, www.gohawaii.com.

Big Island Visitors Bureau, www.bigisland.org.

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