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What to Do at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Volcanic Eruption

No trip to the Big Island is complete without a visit to the world famous Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The only park of it’s kind, visitors from all over the world come to watch lava erupt from the deepest crevices of the earth. There are currently several active lava flows available for public viewing. While you could easily spend several days enjoying everything the park has to offer, we’ve picked out a few must-do activities that we recommend to everyone who visits. Whether it’s your first trip to the Big Island or your tenth, you’re sure to enjoy these adventures… Read More

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The Ultimate Big Island Vacation Checklist

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So little vacation time, so much to see and do. The Big Island draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world every year to our black sand beaches, picturesque coves, and tropical sunshine. Many people come for the umbrella drinks and end up staying for the laid-back, active lifestyle our island can provide. But if you’re on vacation and only have a few days to pack in lots of fun, here are the activities you really can’t miss.

1) Kayak and snorkel in  Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay boasts some of the most… Read More

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Kona royal and red-letter

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Kona royal and red-letter – The Big Island’s historic west coast offers more than just scenery

Over the past 600+ years West Hawaii has been a focal point for many touchstone events in the history of the archipelago State.

Famous for much more than just coffee, the Kona-Kohala Coast is the birthplace of many history-making icons and celebrities alike.  Among them, Hawaii’s first astronaut, Ellison Onizuka, actress Layla Roberts (Beowulf, Armageddon), actor Micah Sherman (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, My Best Friend’s Girl), and the late pro-wrestler Brian “Crush” Adams.

Over the years it has also become the adopted home of… Read More

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Undersea Adventures

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Wonders await just under the waves off the Kona coast

Whether it’s ecotourism or just adventure-seeking, the oceans off the west coast of the Big Island offer an experience like no other on earth.

Conscientious Undersea Adventures thrill-seekers and environmentalists alike flock to the Big Island’s Kona coast to experience exotic, threatened, natural environments and observe the undersea wildlife.

“If there is one place on the planet that seems ideally suited for eco-tourism and sustainable travel, it’s Hawaii,” says Frommer’s, one of the world’s leading travel guide publications, “a place people visit because of the ecology – the ocean … and… Read More

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Vacation SOS: What to Do in Hawaii When it Rains

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So you planned, packed, flew eight or more hours, and were expecting a sunny, fun-filled beach vacation on the Big Island. And then it started raining. Don’t worry! The less-than-ideal weather conditions will pass through soon enough. In the meantime, here are a few rainy-day activities that you are sure to enjoy.

Kula Kai Caverns

If it’s raining outside, why not explore underground? Head to the south side of the Big Island and go spelunking in the Kula Kai Caverns. This thousand-year-old lava tube is the perfect place for a subterranean adventure. You’ll learn the science behind the formation of… Read More

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Live on the Big Island? Consider Amazing Staycations

Consider a staycation when you live on the Big Island.

When you hear of the state of Hawaii, one thing probably comes to mind above all else: the vacation potential. Every year, millions of people travel to the Big Island to experience the land, the culture and everything in between for themselves. The majority of these people are satisfied with a few great photographs and souvenirs to return home with, but have you considered the possibility of moving to live on the Big Island and seeing every sight it has to offer! This concept is called a “staycation” and choosing to create one on the Hawaiian islands could be one of the greatest choices you could ever… Read More

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Enjoy the Outdoors with Big Island Hiking

When you live on the Big Island, there are a lot of fun places to hike.

If you love the outdoors, there is no better state to visit than Hawaii. Filled with sprawling landscapes, clear stretches of ocean, bountiful wildlife and beautiful scenery for miles, there are many ways to enjoy Hawaii from a “woodsy” perspective. A trip to Hawaii is sure to be pleasurable for anyone who enjoys hiking. There are all kinds of routes to take and things to see. If you’re hoping to live on the Big Island and enjoy a good hiking experience, this article will be of great interest to you!

Where Are the Best Hiking Spots?

Kona is home to far more than just valuable Big… Read More

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Big Island Spotlight: National Parks

There are many national parks to visit when you live on the Big Island.

When you think of the state of Hawaii, its sprawling island landscape may be one of the first elements that comes to mind. Like many people, you probably picture lush fauna and exotic wildlife, all of which thrive together against a background of crystalline blue oceans and sunny, clear skies. Hawaii boasts state-wide pride in its landscapes, which it showcases to visitors and citizens alike through its beautiful national parks. If you are interested in getting to know what it’s like to live on the Big Island, visiting and getting to know more about these fantastic portraits of nature is a great way to start researching!

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Don’t Miss the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival!

Enjoy Kona coffee when you live on the Big Island.

IMAGE CREDIT: KONA COFFEE FEST 

When you think of Hawaii, what comes to mind? Surely it’s the beautiful, vast surf, the sprawling, sandy beaches and the delectable food you can’t quite find elsewhere. Did you know coffee is one of the culinary delights you can enjoy when you live on the Big Island? It’s true! Coffee is a major part of the culture in the Kona region of Hawaii, to the point there is a major festival dedicated to the miracle bean. The festival occurs once every year, and we encourage you to attend this year’s festival if you can!

What’s This… Read More

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Don’t Miss Hilo’s 53rd Annual Merrie Monarch Festival

If you live on the Big Island, enjoy the Merrie Monarch Festival.

Hawaii is steeped in tradition and history, giving residents and visitors an array of traditions to partake in throughout the year. If you live on the Big Island or you’re just visiting, the 53rd annual Merrie Monarch Festival can’t be missed. This annual festival was designed to pay homage to King David Kalākaua, who inspired many of the traditions, arts and language of this island state. This year, the festival will be held from March 27 through April 2, 2016.

Dedication to the Traditions of Hawaii

The main purpose of the Merrie Monarch Festival organization is to remind attendees of the many… Read More

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