Category Archives: Big Island

See Waipio Valley on Hawaii, the Big Island

As you’re making your Big Island vacation sightseeing plans, I hope you’ll take the time to see Waipio Valley on the Hamakua Coast. It’s a marvelous sight with a mile-long black sand beach flanked by tall (1,000 to 2,000 feet high) green cliffs and thriving gardens in the flat of the valley. We never miss an opportunity to see Waipio ... Read More »

Hawaii Vacation Deals & News: April 28, 2011

We’ve got quite a newsy day today – so much so, that I’ve organized the news in sections. Et voila ~ Sweepstakes & Giveaways * Enter to win a chance to win a Oahu vacation at the Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk. Most Hawaii sweepstakes are for two, but this prize is for four and valued at $20,000. Enter here. * ... Read More »

Hawaii’s Lava Tubes – What Are They & Where to See Them

When you visit Hawaii, try to check out a lava tube, if you can. These cave-like structures are a amazing formations whether active or inactive for centuries. What are lava tubes? They might be best described as pipes for underground lava rivers. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has produced a nice little video with an explanation of lava tubes. (Email subscribers, ... Read More »

Post Tsunami Information from Hawaii’s Big Island

Most of Hawaii is breathing a sigh of relief that the Aloha State was spared from major destruction. In case you are headed to the Big Island in the near future, I wanted to let you know about some pockets of tsunami damage on the Kona Coast. * King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel had some flooding and sand wash in ... Read More »

Incredible Video of Kilauea’s Newest Eruption

(Email subscribers: click here for the video.) A new fissure opened on Kilauea’s east rift zone on Saturday. This new eruption point is located in a remote area of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Read more from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. This raw video is just amazing. The lava is spattering higher than the trees. One of the most wow-points for ... Read More »

Puu Loa Petroglyph Trail at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you’ll find an astonishing number of images carved in 400 to 500 year old pahoehoe lava flow stone. If these Hawaiian petroglyphs could talk, what a story they could share, as there are more than 20,000 petroglyphs in Pu’u Loa. The vast majority of the petroglyphs are small dot-like holes that are approximately two inches ... Read More »

Pu’u O’o Lava Fountain (Updated with Night View)

I was just checking in on the Pu’u O’o webcam and happened to catch this “fountaining” lava eruption. I took a screen shot of it to post for you to see. In the daytime, the webcam switches to a black and white night mode. I really wish I could have seen this one at night with color. Maybe it will ... Read More »

Time Lapse Video of Hawaii’s Pu’u O’o Crater Erupting

(Click on the image to watch the video.) Per the USGS, this time lapse video was shot over approximately 48 hours last week. The video shows three eruption points inside Pu’u O’o crater. The most dramatic eruption of the three is the fountain-like cone eruption on the left side of the video. You can take a peek at the composite ... Read More »

Review – A Stay at a Volcano in the Teapot Cottage

When planning a Big Island vacation, I recommend you include a two or three night stay in the village of Volcano. This village is adjacent to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, so it makes a great base for exploring the park as well as the eastside of Hawaii’s Big Island. (See more advice for where to stay on the Big Island.) ... Read More »

The story behind our best whale breach photo

Just over a year ago, we were on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island. While we were there, we took every opportunity we could survey the ocean in search of a humpback whale. We loved it. On our final evening before flying back home, we took a sunset catamaran sail with Ocean Sports, which also served as a dinner ... Read More »

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