Category Archives: Big Island See & Do

Aloha Friday Photo: Snorkeling at Captain Cook Monument


Mahalo to Ryan Ykimoff from Grand Rapids, Michigan for sending this great snorkel view to us for Aloha Friday Photos. Ryan and his wife, Liz, are currently wrapping up a special visit — their honeymoon — to Oahu and Hawaii, the Big Island. Ryan took this “turtle-eye-view” photo in Kealakekua Bay at the Captain Cook Monument on Hawaii Island. Here’s what he ... Read More »

Wildlife you might see on a Hawaii vacation

Honu swimming off the Kohala Coast of Hawaii Island.

If you enjoy seeing local wildlife when you travel, Hawaii will not disappoint. From the ocean to the mountains, there’s a good chance you may be dazzled by Hawaii’s wildlife. Wildlife that you might see in Hawaii – Whales, particularly humpback whales, migrate by the thousands to Hawaii from late December through early April. They travel from thousands of miles ... Read More »

Free Kona Coffee Tasting & Farm Tour at Greenwell Farms


A great little tour to plan into your Hawaii (Big) Island vacation is a stop at Greenwell Farms in the heart of the world-famous, Kona coffee country. Free farm tours and coffee tastings are offered every day starting from 8:30am to 4:00pm. The friendly guides take you to see coffee growing on the trees and to some of the processes that ... Read More »

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


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

NPS Photo/Jancie Wei

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


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


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


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

rainbow falls

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 »

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