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Family Friendly Activities on the Big Island

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A trip to the Big Island is the perfect family vacation and one that your kids will cherish for years to come. While relaxing on the beach may be first on your to-do list, parents should be sure to plan a few activities that are kid-centric and fun for the entire family. Here is a list of our favorite family activities on the Big Island.

Go on an Underwater Adventure

Just below the surface of the Pacific, an entire ecosystem is just waiting to be explored. While you probably plan to take your kids snorkeling during your… Read More

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Incredible Island Style Interior Design

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The Big Island certainly has a look and ambiance that is all it’s own. The colorful flowers, towering palms, and intricately laced jungle leaves have inspired interior designers to incorporate Pacific Polynesia into the decor of beach properties not only in Hawaii, but up and down the California coast and in tropical areas all over the world. Here on the Big Island, the best homes seamlessly integrate the natural environment with interior design concepts. Whether you’re looking for ideas on how to style your place or simply want to see some truly incredible design work, here are a few of… Read More

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The Best Farmer’s Markets on the Big Island

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With its year-round sunshine, ample rain, and long growing season, Hawaii is the perfect location for tasty fruits and vegetables to flourish (there is a reason people like Oprah build farms here). So a trip to Hawaii isn’t complete without without a visit to one of the many local farmers markets where Hawaiian growers convene and bring their perfectly ripe produce to the masses. If you live on Hawaii, you probably already know that purchasing your groceries here is as cheap if not less expensive than at the local stores. But if you’re new to the island or just visiting… Read More

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Home Maintenance Issues: What to Watch For When Buying in Hawaii

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Due to the wetter climate, constant sunshine, and ever-encroaching jungle, homes on the Big Island endure a lot of wear and tear over the years. As buyers search for real estate, it’s important to know some of the key maintenance issues that will require additional investment on behalf of the owner if they have been neglected for too long. While most sellers will take the initiative to fix many of these issues before putting their house on the market, a smart buyer will inform themselves on which pieces should have been recently renovated, which they can afford to invest in… Read More

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Local Insights: The Best Authentic Restaurants in Hawaii

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The Hawaiian kitchen brings a diverse array of flavors and ingredients to the dinner table. Authentic Hawaiian cuisine is derived from the palate of Pacific Polynesia while adding its own unique profile of seasonings, cooking techniques, and more. The result is a vibrant array of dishes such as Poke, Poi, and LauLau. While many of the touristic locations offer delicious cuisine, we think that sampling the true Hawaiian kitchen is only possible when venturing out of the four star hotels and into the Big Island community. Here is our list of the best places to try truly authentic Hawaiian cuisine… Read More

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Big Island Cultural Calendar: Spring 2017

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As the weather heats up and the rain clouds burn off earlier and earlier, there’s no reason not to get outside and enjoy everything the Big Island has to offer. These events coming up in the Spring season are must-do activities whether you’re a resident or just visiting for a short vacation. Experience all the culture and Aloha of Hawaii during these free concerts, Hula events, and local celebrations of island tradition. Check out the Big Island cultural calendar for Spring 2017:

Merrie Monarch Festival
April 16 – 27

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The Best Bike Trails Near Kona

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The Big Island is home to some incredibly scenic roadways (there’s a reason that world-famous races such as the Iron Man Championship are hosted here). The breathtaking scenery and near-perfect weather make it an ideal location for road bikers. Whether you prefer rolling hills, challenging climbs, or a ride through lush jungle landscape, there is a little something for everyone. Here is our list of the best bike trails near Kona.

Kailua-Kona to Hawi

If you’re an avid road biker, you’ll be all too familiar with the fifty-mile stretch of asphalt that spans from downtown Kailua-Kona to Hawi… Read More

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Rent vs. Buy: Why Now is the Time to Buy Big Island Real Estate

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It’s never easy to predict with exact certainty what will happen in the real estate market. Buying a home is often one of the most significant investments and financial decisions that people make and, understandably, it can be an overwhelming decision for many prospective buyers. If you’re considering making the leap into home ownership, there are a few items you should evaluate before making your purchasing decision. Before buying a home you’ll want to consider, how long you plan to stay in the area, the cost of housing relative… Read More

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The Four Best Cafes for Locally Roasted Kona Coffee

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In 2016, there were over 960 active coffee farms in operation on the Big Island. The rich volcanic soils from Mauna Loa, the ample rainfall and the plentiful shade provided by the island vegetation make Hawaii a prime location to grow and produce coffee. In fact, Kona Coffee has become one of the most coveted beans in the world and a mug of Kona Coffee is now one of the most expensive cups of joe you can buy. The wonderfully complex, aromatic beans produced on the island have become a point of pride for many local farmers who compete in… Read More

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Secret Beaches of the Big Island

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Enjoying the sand and the surf isn’t just a vacation activity here in Hawaii, it’s a way of life. Easy access to gorgeous beaches and the endless activities they bring is one of the luxuries that draw so many people to the Big Island year after year. But with the influx of people to the island, finding a slice of island paradise away from the crowds is becoming increasingly difficult. If you’re looking for a peaceful place to enjoy the sand and surf, you’re going to have to go further than the city beaches. Here are some of the best-kept… Read More

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