Category Archives: Big Island See & Do

Take me there Tuesday: Waipio Valley, Hawaii (Big) Island

On Hawaii’s Hamakua Coast, Waipio Valley is sure to make you marvel. We always wonder how such a flat and verdantly green valley floor was created between the steep cliffs. The overlook for Waipio Valley is easy to find and access and a must-see on a Hawaii Island vacation. Access to the valley floor is a tad bit trickier as ... Read More »

Hawaii (Big) Island helicopter tours, pricing and reviews

We continue our series on Hawaii helicopter tours with a look at the options on Hawaii (Big) Island. The island’s diverse climates and volcanic terrains make for spectacular aerial tours. Seeing active lava is a popular desire from a helicopter tour company. Most helicopter tours offer an option to try to see the lava. Note that lava viewing cannot be ... Read More »

When is the best time to see lava in Hawaii?

We are frequently asked about when is the best time to see lava in Hawaii. There are multiple answers a question like that, which appears to be a simple question on the surface. Today, we’re going to help you understand more about the best ways and time to see lava. 1. The lava/volcano must be active in order to see ... Read More »

Where to see green sea turtles (honu) in Hawaii

For many first time visitors to Hawaii, seeing Hawaiian green sea turtles (honu) is a vacation bucket list item. No matter how many times we’ve seen them, it’s still a thrill for us with each new encounter. Before we discuss where you might see honu, it’s very important to advise you that they are legally protected under the Endangered Species ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photos: Waterfall at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

Mahalo to Barbara Herbst for sharing this lovely waterfall photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. She took this photo while visiting Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden on Hawaii (Big) Island. With an abundance of unique flowers, trees and shrubs along with the idyllic setting, we highly recommend visiting this garden. It’s become one our favorite places in all of Hawaii. ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Painted Church

Mahalo to Barbara Herbst for sharing this lovely photo of Saint Benedict’s Catholic Church on the Big Island. Saint Benedict’s is more commonly known as Painted Church due to the beautiful murals inside the church. We don’t normally share one of our own photos on Aloha Friday Photo, however, the following photo from our collection shows the interior of Painted ... Read More »

Take me there Tuesday: Waialea Beach (Beach 69)

Waialea Beach is one of those picturesque Big Island beaches that your glad you took the time to find. It’s a lovely beach to swim and snorkel, ocean conditions permitting, or just relax under one of the many shade trees along the shoreline Waialea Beach is one of those hidden gems that takes a little bit of effort to find. ... Read More »

Take me there Tuesday: Akaka Falls, Hawaii Island

Akaka Falls is one of the Big Island’s most iconic waterfalls. With a forceful 442-foot plunge, it’s well worth the stop to take in this magnificent waterfall. To learn more about visiting this waterfall, see our Akaka Falls post. There is a short walk to get to the overlook, but you can enjoy glimpses along the way. On our most ... Read More »

The most scenic hikes in Hawaii by island

From our many trips to Hawaii, we’ve etched some of our fondest memories while hiking on Hawaii’s many beautiful trails. The sights and sounds made every step worth the experiences. We want to share our favorite, scenic hikes by Hawaiian Island in case you would like to create your own memories on these amazing trails. Kauai Our favorite Kauai hike is ... Read More »

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