Discover or Re-Discover Big Island
Plan a Staycation with your DISCON Participation
Your DISCON Planning Committee has curated some activities to help you discover or re-discover the Big Island.  We have coordinated with KapohoKine Adventures with exclusive Rotary rates for two adventures:
  • Mauna Kea Stellar Explorer (duration: 7 hours; deli-style picnic dinner included) $171.99/person (all inclusive) 
  • Evening Volcano Explorer (duration:  8 hours; dinner included) $171.99/person (all inclusive) 
Reserve your spot by
contacting the reservation team
at KapohoKine Adventures
at 808-964-1000
mention “Rotary Member”
to receive the discounted rates.
Learn more about each adventure below:
Mauna Kea Stellar Explorer Hilo
For an out-of-this-world experience, check out Mauna Kea Stellar Explorer from KapohoKine Adventures. This thrilling adventure is the only Big Island star tour to feature nighttime astronomical observing AND safe daytime solar viewing with all ages welcome! Our in-house stellar explorers are the best and most experienced in Hawaii with one having created the Mauna Kea Visitor’s Center and operated it for a decade. Others on staff have written noted articles and reviews for well-known astronomy magazines and have worked at world-class observatories. Start your adventure in quaint Hilo town where you’ll drive along the historic waterfront before arriving at Rainbow Falls. This iconic waterfall right off a postcard features an 80 foot tall twin waterfall system. Look for the rainbow effect that gives the waterfall its name! Continue traveling up the Wailuku River to Boiling Pots. Impressive photo opportunities are often found here when the river “boils” through depressions in the rocks. Explore Kaumana Caves, part of the lava tube system that brought lava 1.5 miles from Hilo-town in 1881. Take a peek inside the cathedral-like space before tucking into a quick picnic-style lunch atop the caves. Next, you’ll travel across Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, two of the tallest and most massive volcanoes on Earth. Your National Park Service trained guide will discuss the volcanology, geology, and history of these monstrous wonders, as well as providing in-depth narration on the various lava flows and flora and fauna that you’ll be passing by. While you’re taking in the breathtaking terrestrial views, your guide will prepare some heavenly views just as stunning. Setting up a state of the art solar telescope for your viewing pleasure, your specially trained guide will let you safely watch the sun come alive in true color with vibrant solar flares, sunspots, prominences and any other current activity weather permitting. Lastly, your guide will take you to one of our preferred locations on Mauna Kea for nighttime stargazing. You’ll observe deep sky and planetary objects through a large aperture Dobsonian telescope under one of the darkest and most pristine skies on planet Earth! Our Dobsonian telescopes are a true purist’s experience to view the night sky. Their fast focal ratio enables you to see sprawling wide field views of objects that simply aren’t possible with the types of telescopes used by other tours. Depending on what is visible in the current sky and weather permitting, you’ll observe galaxies, nebula, star clusters, planets, double star systems, the moon, and much more; all the highlights and showpiece objects like you’ve never seen before! Afterwards, warm up with 100% Kona coffee or hot chocolate before returning to your resort. Warm jackets provided. This tour does not visit Mauna Kea’s summit or Visitor Center out of deference to Native Hawaiian concerns.
3:30 P.M.  Depart Hilo
4:00 P.M. to 4:20 P.M. Rainbow Falls
4:30 P.M. to 4:50 P.M. Boiling Pots
5:00 P.M. to 5:45 P.M. Kaumana Caves
6:15 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Saddle Sights (& Picnic Dinner)
7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Stars
10:00 P.M. Hot Coffee or Hot Chocolate & Return to Hilo
Evening Volcano Explorer Hilo
The original volcano lover’s tour. Start with a drive through quaint Hilo town where you’ll drive along the historic waterfront before heading out to the old fishing village of Kalapana. Your National Park Service certified guide will discuss the volcanology, geology, and history of Kilauea volcano, as well as providing in-depth narration on the various lava flows and flora and fauna that you’ll be passing by. Kalapana was destroyed by lava, as was the adjacent beach, Kaimu. Hike out across the lava flow to the new black sand beach. Stop by Star of the Sea Painted Church. Moved by the community twice to save it from advancing lava flows in 1990, this decommissioned church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Next travel to the crown jewel of Hawaii, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visit the Kilauea Visitor’s Center, the Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook, and Steaming Bluffs. Stop in at the famous Volcano House for incredible views of Kilauea Caldera, and hike to the cracks and sinkholes in the paved roads left behind by the historic eruption of 2018. “Lava glow viewing if weather and lava conditions permit”.
12:30 P.M. Depart Hilo
1:15 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. Kaimu
2:05 P.M. - 2:20 P.M. Painted Church
3:30 P.M. - 4:45 P.M. Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea Iki Overlook, Mauna Ulu fissure through forest, Steaming Bluff) 5:00 P.M. - 5:45 P.M. Dinner at Lava Rock Café
6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (Nahuku, Uēkahuna Overlook, Volcano House shopping)
7:40 P.M. Return to Hilo