Category Archives: Big Island

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 »

Hawaii Festivals and Special Events: January – April 2018

It’s 2018 and time to wish you a Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! Just in case you need a reason to visit Hawaii, we wanted to share a listing of the top cultural festivals for the first part of the year. January January 1 – All Islands – New year celebrations. Check with your concierge and with local newspapers for special events ... 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 »

Hawaii Christmas & New Year’s Eve Events 2017

We’ve been hard at work to create our popular lists of holiday activities in Hawaii. We will be updating them to add and confirm events, but for the most part, they’re fairly complete. We want you, our loyal readers, to know as soon as these holiday pages are ready. For as you know, the early bird gets the reservation…er worm. ... Read More »

Cyber Monday deals for Hawaii travel

Happy Cyber Monday! Don’t know what to get your friends and family for Christmas? A trip to Hawaii always fits. 🙂 We’ve surfed the web to find some nice cyber Monday Hawaii travel deals that can help make a Hawaii vacation more affordable. – Check airfare on your favorite airline. Some sale fares that have caught our eye are on ... 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 »

What you need to know about vog in Hawaii

We are sometimes asked about volcanic ash and gases in Hawaii — known as vog. Generally people want to know where the voggy areas are and if vog is an issue that they should be concerned about. In this post we’ll aim to answer those questions and provide you with useful information about vog. What is vog in Hawaii? Vog ... 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 »

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