Category Archives: Big Island See & Do

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 »

Aloha Friday Photo: Rainbow Falls in Hawaii

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Mahalo to Evangelina Carrillo for sharing today’s Aloha Friday Photo. This is our first Aloha Friday Photo shared by someone from Mexico! We’re always thrilled to share our enthusiasm of Hawaii with folks from around the world. Evangelina’s lovely photo was taken at Rainbow Falls in Hilo on Hawaii, the Big Island. We highly recommend a stop to see Rainbow ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Aloha found in the Ocean

aloha in the ocean by Heather Van Fossen

Mahalo to Heather Van Fossen for sending today’s Aloha Friday Photo. Heather discovered this ALOHA in the water while snorkeling by Puuhonau O Honaunau, also know by the Place of Refuge on Hawaii, the Big Island. What a neat experience it must have been to be snorkeling above the excellent reef at Honaunau Bay to “find aloha.” Mahalo again to ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: A Place of Refuge

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Mahalo to Susan Sims for sending today’s Aloha Friday Photo that she took on Hawaii, the Big Island. We love this peaceful shot under the shade of the coconut trees at the reflective fishpond’s edge. Susan’s photo was taken at Pu’uhonau O Honaunau National Park, which is more commonly known as the “place of refuge.”  In ancient Hawaiian culture, if ... Read More »

Kona to Hilo day trip: see waterfalls, volcanoes and lava!

View of lava flowing into the ocean

One of the most exciting attractions in Hawaii, the Big Island, is the active volcano Kilauea. The challenge that many first time Hawaii visitors discover is that the volcano activity is on the Hilo side of the island while the beach resorts are situated on the Kona side of the island. The Big Island is big indeed. It’s bigger than ... Read More »

How to vacation in Hawaii like the Duck Dynasty

How to vacation in hawaii like duck dynasty

Did you see the Duck Dynasty season finale where the Robertsons take a family vacation to Hawaii? Wasn’t the scenery fantastic? If you caught the show and also the bug to take your own Hawaii vacation like the Duck Dynasty family, I took notes and have practically recreated Willie’s itinerary — from which hotel they stayed in to where they rode ... Read More »

Best places to find free entertainment and cultural activities in Hawaii

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Getting to and staying in Hawaii can leave a dent in your wallet, but once you’re there, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy local culture. As we’ve visited Hawaii over the past decade, we’ve been pleasantly surprised at the quality and availability of free entertainment. We’ve enjoyed everything from free music performances from award-winning musical artists to ... Read More »

Scenes from the amazing Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is worth the trip to Hawaii, the Big Island alone. My goodness, this park is amazing! Ah-maz-ing! I want to attempt to illustrate what a fascinating site Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is with photos we’ve taken over several different trips. Our first stop is a Halemaumau crater where a lava lake churns, vents and glows. ... Read More »

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