Category Archives: Big Island

Touring the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory Farm on Hawaii (Big) Island

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You’ve probably heard of Hawaii’s famous coffee and macadamia nut production, but did you know that Hawaii grows chocolate, too? It’s the only state with the conditions to commercially grow chocolate. Though cacao production is an emerging crop in Hawaii, the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory has established a bit of an unlikely success story. In 1997, Bob Cooper and his wife ... Read More »

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Celebrates 100 years

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The ever fascinating Hawaii Volcanoes National Park celebrates their 100th anniversary throughout 2016. To commemorate such a milestone, the park is offering special programs, hikes and more. Learn about the special events at their website. The state of Hawaii is home to many great national parks, but Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is perhaps the most fascinating. The varied landscapes — ... Read More »

Hawaii vacation deals & news: March 16, 2016

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* Hawaiian Airlines is giving away a million HawaiianMiles and a cruise. The grand prize winner will receive 500,000 HawaiianMiles and a cruise for two. Five first place winners will receive 100,000 HawaiianMiles each. see this link for more information. Note that you must be a legal US resident to be eligible to win. * The 2016 Hawaii Entertainment Books ... Read More »

Hawaii vacation deals & news: March 8, 2016

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* Hilton Hawaiian Village is giving away a four-night stay with their #WhyHawaii contest. You must be a legal US resident to enter. See the contest details here. * Hilton Waikoloa Village is offering an incredible 72-hour “inclusive” sale starting Monday, March 14 for stays between April 4 and December 4, 2016. Rooms start at $159 plus taxes per person ... Read More »

Kohala Coast Waterfall Adventure with Hawaii Forest & Trail

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On our recent Hawaii (Big) Island visit, we spent a day of adventure hiking through a Kohala nature reserve that’s abundant in waterfalls. We loved the curvy, rainforest paths that led from one pretty waterfall to the next. We started our day by meeting our guide, Mateo, at the Hawaii Forest & Trail office in the plantation town of Hawi. ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Reflection at Waikoloa

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Mahalo to James Grenz for sharing this stunning photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. James took this photo in Waikoloa Beach Resort on Hawaii Island. I believe it was taken by one of the fishponds by Anaehoomalu Beach. Happy Aloha Friday! — Revision from the post on February 2nd – There was a glitch in the link to the Outrigger ... Read More »

Kohala Coast snorkel sail with Kohala Sail & Sea

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We love getting out on the ocean in Hawaii and when it involves sailing, it’s even more special. When we discovered the new kids on the block, Kohala Sail and Sea, we had to book an excursion for our October visit to Hawaii, the Big Island. Captain Steve Turner led us out over the silky smooth morning waters while we nibbled ... Read More »

Timeless Luxury at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

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When we stepped into the lobby of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, we immediately sensed the history of this elegant, fifty-year old resort. There’s something about it that’s both nostalgic and timeless. If walls could talk, we would have loved to strike up a conversation, or as they say in Hawaii “talk story”,  with the walls of Mauna Kea Beach ... Read More »

Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2015/2016 in Hawaii

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Hawaii sure knows how to host celebrations and this New Year’s Eve is no exception! All across the major Hawaiian Islands, you can find fireworks shows, special holiday menus, music, dancing and much more to welcome in 2016. Whether you’ll be celebrating this New Year’s Eve in Hawaii or considering a trip there for a future year, here are links ... Read More »

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel – Kohala Coast luxury for less

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On our recent visit to Hawaii Island, we split our stay between the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and their sister hotel, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Both were outstanding. We have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending both. We’ll discuss more about the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in another post so that we can focus on the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel ... Read More »

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