"Race the Sun" -- Set in Hawaii, this feel-good movie is about high school oddballs who design a solar car and win a trip to Australia. Stars Halle Berry and Casey Affleck. (PG)
"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" -- It may be set in Peru but this action-packed Harrison Ford movie was actually filmed on privately owned land in the tropical, lush rainforests of the Puna District of Hawaii's Big Island. (Rated PG-13)-
Buttermilk Fried Fish -- Try this easy recipe to get ready for the scrumptuous seafood you'll be eating on the Big Island.
Hawaiian Bread Pudding -- Take a tropical twist on a kid-friendly dessert.
Yams These sweet and tasty root veggies used to be a staple of the traditional Hawaiian diet.
"Hawaii is a Rainbow" by Stephanie-Feeney -- A colorful picture book about Hawaii's diverse peoples, plants and animals, "Hawaii is a Rainbow" is a celebration of the diversity of America's 50th state. (School-age kids)
"Volcanoes! Mountains of Fire" -- Illustrations, photos and lively text tell the story of volcanoes, including Kilauea, which is actively flowing lava that can be seen on the Big Island. (School-age kids)
"Volcano: Creation in Motion" -- Unbelievable photographs and fascinating prose make Hawaii's most active volcanoes come alive in this book slated towards adults but good for kids as well. (Pre-teen and teens)
"Name Me Nobody" -- If it weren't for her tough grandmother and fiesty best friend, 14-year-old Emi Lou Kaya would feel completely alone in this bold young adult novel by Lois Ann Yamanaka, one of Hawaii's premier writers. (Pre-teen and teens)
"Shark Dialogues" -- Sailors, lepers, spies ... This 4-generation epic story about one Hawaiian family is seeped in history and intrigue. (Older teens)
Good Luck Goldfish -- This fun craft will prepare kids for the amazing fish they'll see on your snorkeling adventures, and for the diverse cultures they'll encounter on the Big Island.
A Flower Lei -- For a better appreciation of the gorgeous leis you'll see (and wear) on the Big Island, make your own!