Category Archives: Big Island See & Do

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 »

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 »

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 »

Aloha Friday Photo: Kona Coffee

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Mahalo to Ralf Benayad for sharing this Kona coffee photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.Ralf noted that Kona coffee is known as one of the best coffees in the world. This photo shows the colorful coffee cherries in varying degrees of ripening. The famous Kona coffee bean is inside the cherry. A great way to enjoy Kona coffee along with ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Rainbow Falls on Hawaii, the Big Island

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Mahalo to @TehWins for sharing this excellent photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. He took this photo while he was on his Big Island honeymoon, which he described as “pure magic.” TehWins’ photo is of Rainbow Falls on Hawaii, the Big Island, which is located in Hilo. As you can see, it’s a beautiful waterfall to visit. As such, ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Reflecting Paradise

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Mahalo to James Grenz for sharing another great photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.The reflection of the coconut trees and sky amplify this peaceful view of paradise. James took this photo at one of the Hawaiian fishponds at Makaiwa Bay on the Big Island. This fishpond is one of several located on the grounds of the Mauna Lani Bay ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Whoops!

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Mahalo to Mat Siltala of Arizona for sharing this awesome honu photo and this story with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Mat took this photo at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach on Hawaii Island. Here’s the story behind how Mat got this photo: I was admiring the beach and I had my big Canon D20 in my face not really looking ... Read More »

Lava lake at Halema’uma’u is putting on a show

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Since Halema’uma’u became visibly active in March 2008,  lava levels usually fluctuated between approximately 100 and 500 feet below the crater opening. With recent inflation, the lava lake has dramatically risen — so much so that lava reached it’s highest position yesterday at just 7 feet below the surface! Here’s a video provided by the USGS that shows amazing scenes ... Read More »

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