LEARN THE BIG ISLAND, INSIDE OUT Feeling a little overwhelmed by the Big Island? Seek professional help. The Kohala Center, a nonprofit science and cultural center, has teamed up with United Vacations and Outrigger Hotel & Resorts to offer a unique learning vacation this May called "Born of Fire: Landscapes of Hawai'i." There are two program options: Oceans & Forests (May 3-9; May 17-23; $1,379 p.p.) and Stars & Volcanoes (May 10-16; May 24-30; $1,429 p.p.). Each course gets you out in the field with scientists and also has a rewarding volunteer component. Whether stargazing on Mauna Kea, learning celestial navigation from the crew of a voyaging canoe, or planting koa trees, you will feel a genuine connection to the island. The cost includes the course, transport, and accommodation at the Outrigger. www.kohalacenter.org, www.united vacations.com/kohala.asp.