Tag: Big Island

Where to Find a Black Sand Beach in Hawaii

There are few things as mesmerizing as a black sand beach in Hawaii. At these scenic spots, turquoise waters and green landscapes dazzle against the pitch-black shoreline. It’s somehow both calming and invigorating to visit, and the photos are incredibly Instagram-worthy.  But where can you find the best black sand beach Hawaii offers? Ahead we’re […]

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Mauna Loa Volcano update

Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii Island has been in the news here in the Aloha State since late September due to a significant uptick in seismic activity. Earthquake “swarms” have been fairly constant. As of this writing, the Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory has recorded 44 small-magnitude earthquakes (below Magnitude 3) in the past 24 hours. This […]

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Famous Waipio Valley on Hawaii Island closed to nonresidents

For the most recent Hawaii Vacation Podcast, Aloha Bruce and Yaling Fisher offered listeners some important information about “Big Island Pro’s and Con’s.” It got us here at the blog thinking in terms of “dos and don’ts” for Big Island visitors. New restrictions at Waipio Valley came immediately to mind. Back in February of this […]

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Kilauea Volcano (re)awakens!

It happened in a geological instant. A “swarm” of low-magnitude earthquakes rattled Hawaii Volcanoes National Park near the Halema’uma’u Crater on Tuesday night before Kilauea Volcano erupted anew mid-Wednesday afternoon. Within minutes, images from the Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory, the US Geological Survey, and other agencies that monitor volcanic activity were flooding social media feeds around […]

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Na Ala Hele: Exceptional Hawaii hiking

The Na Ala Hele Trail & Access Program was begun by Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry & Wildlife in 1998. The program monitors and maintains a network of hiking trails, many of them ancient and predating Western contact in the Hawaiian Islands. We’ll list some of our favorites below. Concern […]

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Neighbor Island Waterfall Rappelling

Hawaii is home to a relatively new adventure sport gaining popularity around the world: waterfall rappelling (known also as “canyoneering”). It seems crazy to surrender to gravity under a torrent of falling water, tethered to life by only a thin rope and safety harness and belaying down a sheer, slick rock cliff. Maybe it is, […]

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Kilauea Volcano eruption continues, coverage falls off

The Kilauea Volcano eruption in the East Rift Zone of the Puna District on the island of Hawaii dominated the news cycle here and around the world for a few days. But the news cycle moved on as inexorably as the lava flow itself. The eruption remains as spectacular and calamitous as it was on […]

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Waimea, Hawaii Island – Cowboy Country

At an elevation of a half-mile above sea level (2,667 feet), Island is somewhere between heaven and earth. It’s vast, rolling pastures and stands of whispering ironwood pines are unlike any other landscape on the “Big Island”. is steeped in native Hawaiian history and culture and a cowboy, or “” tradition that dates back to […]

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Best Hilo Botanical Gardens: Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden

Hilo is the perfect place for botanical garden. This town on Hawaii Island has a lush, rainy environment, a serene oceanside setting, and some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. And Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden is the perfect place to see Hilo’s beauty in all its glory.  We loved our visit to […]

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Kona, Hilo, or Waikoloa? Where to Stay in Big Island Hawaii

Hawaii’s Big Island (Hawaii Island) is HUGE compared to the other Hawaiian islands. So, it’s important you know your way around and know which area is the right fit for your ideal vacation. If you’re wondering where to stay in Big Island Hawaii, we are here to help! The three areas vacationers typically stay in […]

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Mochi Haven at Two Ladies Kitchen

Join us as we visit Two Ladies Kitchen on Hawaii Island. It’s a Hilo treasure that will win your heart (via your taste buds).  The Treasure Within As the worn-out phrase goes, don’t judge a book by its cover, and in the case of a popular Hilo mochi shop, it’s what is waiting inside that’ll […]

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What to Know About Hawaii’s ʻŌhiʻa Lehua Tree

ʻŌhiʻa Lehua is one of Hawaiiʻs most important trees, as its past is interwoven with so much history, and its beauty represents so much of Hawaiiʻs culture. But its future is threatened. As Rapid Ohia Death sweeps through the Island of Hawaii, the tree is becoming more treasured than ever.  Interested in learning more about […]

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