ATMs/Banks ATMs are located everywhere on the Big Island, at banks, supermarkets, Long’s Drugs, and at some shopping malls. The major banks on the Big Island are First Hawaiian, Bank of Hawaii, American Savings, and Central Pacific, all with branches in both Kona and Hilo.
Business Hours Most businesses on the island are open from 8 or 9am to 5 or 6pm.
Dentists In Kohala, contact Dr. Craig C. Kimura at Kamuela Office Center, 65-1230 Mamalahoa Hwy., Waimea (808/885-5947). In Kailua-Kona, call Dr. Christopher Bays at Kona Coast Dental Care, 75-5591 Palani Rd., above the KBXtreme Bowling Center (www.konacoastdental.com; 808/329-8067). In Hilo, Island Ohana Dental, 519 E. Lanikaula St. (www.islandohanadental.com; 808/935-4800), is open Mon–Sat, with three siblings—Drs. Germaine, Garrett, and Jill Uehara—on staff.
Doctors For drop-in visits, head to Urgent Care of Kona, 77-311 Sunset Dr., Kailua-Kona (www.urgentcareofkona.com; 808/327-4357). It’s open 8am–5pm weekdays and 9am–5pm on Sat. Kaiser Permanente has an affiliated Urgent Care Center at 45 Mohouli St., Hilo (808/969-3051), open 8:30am–8:30pm weekdays and 8:30am–4:30pm weekends.
Emergencies For ambulance, fire, or rescue services, dial 911.
Hospitals Hospitals offering 24-hour, urgent-care facilities include the Kona Community Hospital, 79-1019 Haukapila St., off Highway 11, Kealakekua (www.kch.hhsc.org; 808/322-9311); Hilo Medical Center, 1190 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo (www.hilomedicalcenter.org; 808/932-3000); North Hawaii Community Hospital, 67-1125 Mamalahoa Hwy., Waimea (www.nhch.com; 808/885-4444); and the tiny Kau Hospital, 1 Kamani St., Pahala (www.kauhospital.org; 808/932-4200).
Internet Access Pretty much every lodging on the island has Wi-Fi; resorts typically include it in their exorbitant resort fees, but some hotels offer it for a daily charge. All Starbucks and McDonald’s locations, plus numerous local coffee shops also offer free Wi-Fi.
Pharmacies The only 24-hour pharmacy is in Hilo at Longs Drugs, 555 Kilauea Ave., one of 12 around the island (www.cvs.com; 808/935-9075). The rest open as early as 7am and close as late as 9pm Monday through Saturday; some are closed Sunday. Kona and Hilo’s national chain stores such as Kmart, Safeway, Target, Wal-Mart, and Costco (Kailua-Kona only) also have pharmacies with varying hours.
Police Dial 911 in case of emergency; otherwise, call the Hawaii Police Department at 808/935-3311 islandwide.
Post Office The U.S. Postal Service (www.usps.com; 800/275-8777) has 28 branches around the island, including in Kailua-Kona at 74-5577 Palani Rd., in Waimea (Kamuela) at 67-1197 Mamalahoa Hwy., and in Hilo at 1299 Kekuanaoa St. All are open weekdays; some are also open Saturday morning.
Volcanic Activity Before you visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, learn if lava is flowing and check for road closures and other conditions at www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/ index.htm. For daily air-quality reports, based on sulfur dioxide and particulates measured at eight sites around the island, visit http://hiso2index.info.
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.