Category Archives: Big Island

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 »

Stargazing on Your Hawaii Vacation

On my very first Maui vacation, I enjoyed watching the sun rise over the crater at the summit of Haleakala. I expected that I would see a spectacular sunrise, and, indeed, I did. What I didn’t expect to see was the star show before the first light of dawn. My goodness! What a sight! I’ve never seen so many stars ... Read More »

Hawaii Vacation Deals & News: January 21, 2011

Here’s what’s shakin’ in Hawaii vacation deals and news land. * With rising fuel costs, experts say we’re likely to see higher airfare costs. As SmarterTravel put it, “For consumers, fuel prices may be the most important index to watch through the coming year. All signs point to higher prices, which means travelers can expect more fare hikes and, possibly ... Read More »

Video Sights & Sounds of the Lava Lake in Halemaumau

The USGS has posted some incredible footage of the the movement, spattering and sounds of the lava lake inside Halemaumau crater at Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. (Hattip to Big Island Video News.) Click on the following image to access the video footage. And, here’s another short video. (Again, click on the image to access the video.) ... Read More »

A Luau of Fresh Lava Links

The active lava flows of Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii seem to have more twists and turns than a daytime soap opera. Sometimes lava flows are predictably steady – staying in the same spot for months. In recent months, the lava break outs and new ocean entries have been popping up in one place, ceasing, and then ... Read More »

New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Celebrations in Hawaii

Ah, it’s time to bid a farewell aloha to 2012 and welcome in 2013. Here’s where to find fun New Year’s Eve celebrations and fireworks across the islands of Hawaii: Kauai Poipu Beach is the place to be this New Year’s Eve as the Poipu Beach Resort Association presents a free fireworks display at Poipu Beach Park at 9:20pm. Hawaii’s ... Read More »

Does it snow in Hawaii?

This post is “s-no-w” joke. Honestly, it’s not. You might be surprised to learn snow does fall on Hawaii almost every Winter. Just a few days ago, Hawaii’s Big Island peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea got a beautiful blanket of snow. You can read the news about it and see a video here. Hawaii’s many diverse climates really ... Read More »

Hawaii Vacation Deals & News: November 17, 2010

Here’s what’s shakin’ in the news and deals department this week. * The Big Island’s Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is offering their “best rates for 2011” now. Rates start  from $325 per night at this luxury resort, but what I think is the best part of this offer is that for an additional $30 per night they’ll add a rental ... Read More »

River of Lava Video That’ll Make You Say Wow

You’ve got to check out this recent video from the USGS showing a river of lava flowing from a new breakout. I gawked! Go ahead and watch it and I bet you will, too. Last week, I wrote a brief Big Island lava update to share some of the new activity. Here’s a photo produced by the USGS that provides ... Read More »

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