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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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Unique Big Island Real Estate: The Onion House

Unique Big Island Real Estate: The Onion House

Internationally renowned architects from all over the world come to the Big Island to get inspired by the natural beauty and leave their mark on this unique landscape. The Onion House, designed and constructed by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, is a rare, creative gem built during the 1960’s that perfectly marries art, architecture, and Hawaiian scenery. Once lost to the jungle, this gorgeous estate was fully renovated, updated, and is now on the market. Here are a few things that make The Onion House one of the most spectacular Big Island homes.

A Unique History

The Onion House was originally constructed… Read More

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What to Do at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

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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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Best Neighborhoods on the Big Island


If you’re considering moving to the Big Island, you want to make sure that your slice of island paradise will provide all the creature comforts you and yours are looking for. Every area on the island offers not only a unique climate but also a unique community that buyers should explore before making a purchase. Here are a few things to know about some the best neighborhoods on the Big Island:


Downtown Kailua-Kona is the epicenter of the west side of the island. With easy access to shopping centers, grocery stores, and cinemas, the downtown area has a… Read More

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Four Luxuriously Modern Hawaiian Homes

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The Big Island is home to some of the most beautiful property in the world. Architects become inspired by our gorgeous landscape and work to seamlessly incorporate modern conveniences with classic Hawaiian style. The result is a home that is built not only to meet all your immediate needs while going above and beyond to surprise and delight you with added features but also one that integrates with the natural beauty of the island and promotes the spirit of Aloha. Here are some of the most luxurious, modern homes on the market today.

1) 72-2868 Uluweuweu Akau Pl, Kailua Kona

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