One day we drove to Hilo and took a helicopter ride over Kilauea volcano, it has been active since 1984 (Maunaloa volcano not far away, has erupted every 3.75 years in the last century). You get to see the landscape, coastline and waterfalls on the flight. Unfortunately the lava wasn't flowing much when we were there and it does cost over $100 per person but if the weather is good and you don't get motion sickness (like my wife) you'll have a great time. You can also go into the Volcano National Park and walk down on a lava crater that is still steaming through some cracks, hike down trails, or walk through a lava tube.
Waipo valley is a guided scenic tour you can take in the northern part of the island.
We drove to the Bonzai pipeline on the northern coast, it is windy there and they have good waves for surfing competition and fun. We also went to Pearl Harbor to see the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, it was well presented by the Navy and park services and it was even free! Diamond head (an old volcano next to Waikiki) is fun to hike up (if your in OK physical shape) and take scenic photos. Twenty minutes out of Waikiki heading south-east is Hanauma bay. Snorkeling was excellent there and the fish swim all around you. You have to go early or get lucky to get in and get a parking space.
We took a two hour coastal boat ride on the Navatek I. They served lunch and two drinks for $47 per person, (2 for 1 with Entertainment book coupon). A good ride on a stable ship for some more good pictures.
Other trivia: Whale watching is good from the end of December through March. Hawaii's rare hardwood is Koa and their state fish is the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a.
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