A topo map is ok for a general idea of where you are. But if you want the best most detailed Kona map available then you need “The Ready Mapbook of West Hawaii.”This map book is what I use when I need to find directions. It’s the best.
Some of its best information is locations of all the hotels and condominiums. So all you do is look it up in the index and it tells you what page and where to look.
Another important feature is the book shows the name and location of the 3 hospitals on the west side of the island. Actually it shows four, but I don’t believe the one listed as Keauhou Rehab. & Healthcare is a place you could get care if you were injured or sick.
If it was me and I was in Kona I would go to Kona Hospital. If I was closer to Waimea I’d go to North Hawaii Community Hospital and if I was in Kohala I’d go to Kohala Hospital. There is considerable distance between each one.
The best way to get this Kona map book is to order on Amazon before leaving on your trip so you can just whip it out when you get here. Instead of having to try and buy one locally.
Now that you’re armed with the best information possible to explore the island. More insider tips you should know
For Quick View of the Big Island
Now you need one more book to go with your map. It’s a guide book called The Big Island Revealed.
I’ve lived here since 1996 and I still find new places to go in this book that I didn’t even know about! Amazing. If I were you I’d buy it before coming to visit so you can map out things to see before you arrive. It also has some pretty good maps in it. But nothing like the above mentioned map book. If you only want one book, buy this one.