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The Big Island Visitors Bureau (www.gohawaii.com/big-island) has two offices on the Big Island: one in the Shops at Mauna Lani, 68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr., Suite 109B (tel. 808/885-1655); the other at 101 Aupuni St., No. 238, Hilo (tel. 808/961-5797).

The free tourist publications “This Week” (www.thisweekhawaii.com/big-island)and “101 Things to Do on Hawaii the Big Island” (www.101thingstodo.com/big-island) offer lots of useful information, as well as discount coupons for a variety of island adventures. Copies are easy to find all around the island.

Konaweb.com has an extensive event calendar and handy links to sites and services around the island, not just the Kona side. Gokohala.com has detailed maps and listings for the North and South Kohala districts.

Those fascinated by the island’s active volcanoes should check out the detailed daily reports, maps, photos, videos, and webcams on the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website(http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov),which also tracks the island’s frequent but usually minor earthquake activity.

On the west side of the island, there are two additional sources to contact for information: the Kohala Coast Resort Association, 68-1310 Mauna Lani Dr., Suite 101, Kohala Coast, HI 96743 (www.kohalacoastresorts.com; tel. 800/318-3637 or 808/885-6414; fax 808/885-6145), and Destination Kona Coast, P.O. Box 2850, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745 (www.destinationkonacoast.com; tel. 808/329-6748; fax 808/328-0614). The Big Island's best free tourist publications are This Week, the Beach and Activity Guide, and 101 Things to Do on Hawaii the Big Island. Both offer lots of useful information, as well as discount coupons on a variety of island adventures. Copies are easy to find all around the island.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.