THE BEST WAY TO THE BIG ISLAND
From LAX, United, Delta, Hawaiian and Continental offer connecting service (change of plane) to Hilo. Delta, American and United offer nonstop service to Kona, and United and Hawaiian offer connecting service. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $658.40.
WHAT TO DO
Hilo Coffee Mill ( 982-5551, http://www.hilocoffeemill.com) is in Mountain View at 17-995 Volcano Highway between mile markers 12 and 13. It's open 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Open Mondays-Saturdays. Drop-ins are welcome, but call ahead to schedule a tour ($10, or $15 with lunch) of the mill and farm.