Category Archives: Big Island See & Do

Aloha Friday Photo: Kona Coffee


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


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!


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 »

Your favorite Hawaii places

Waikiki Beach and Oahu rank high on the list of favorite places in Hawaii

We thoroughly enjoyed reading your favorite places after we posed the question on the blog and on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. We found ourselves nodding in agreement with so many of your choices, but we also learned of some spots we didn’t know. Let’s take a look at your responses. How do your favorite islands stack up per ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Green Sand Beach on Big Island of Hawaii

Green Sand Beach

Mahalo to Kelly Driscoll-Smith for sharing this unique Hawaii Island photo with us. Kelly took this photo at Papakolea Beach — also known as the Green Sand Beach. How does this green sand beach get it’s color? I’ll let Wikipedia explain: The cinder cone is rich in olivine, a silicate mineral containing iron and magnesium, also known as peridot when of gem quality. Olivine is a common mineral ... Read More »

Swimming with Honu (Hawaiian Sea Turtles)

swimming with honu on kohala coast

While snorkeling along the Kohala Coast on Hawaii’s Big Island, we encountered many honu — so many that it was almost hard not to see them along the shore or in the water. From our experience, the Kohala Coast is perhaps one of the very best places to see honu and swim near them. Honu swim so gracefully in the ... Read More »

Photo: A morning hike to remember

morning sun at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The age-old saying is that the early bird catches the worm. On this particular occasion, the early hikers enjoy the empty Thurston Lava Tube Trail without another soul in sight. The fresh dew glimmered with the rising morning sun, while the birds sang at the start of a new day. It was a morning to remember. Read More »

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