Our main topic of the day is about Hilo, Big Island’s largest town and Hawaii’s second largest town. Most people only know one thing about Hilo, and that is that it’s a gateway to get to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. But there is so much more to this verdant Hawaii-style community! Get the highlights of Hilo on today’s podcast and find out why it may be your next (and favorite) Hawaii vacation destination.

The topic that seems hot on everyone’s list is the recent shut down of the Government, and how it’s affecting people’s lives across the nation. Yes, Hawaii is feeling it too with the recent closures of state parks like the USS Arizona Memorial of Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, Haleakala National Park on Maui and Kalaupapa National Historical Park on Molokai, among many others. We’ll dive further into this topic in today’s podcast plus other Hawaii news such as Aloha Plate winning Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race!

This was big news for us (not to overshadow the seriousness of the government shut down, but really, who wants to dwell on the negative?) since our very own Lanai Tabura was one of three Hawaii members who traveled across the country to compete with the nation’s best up-and-coming food trucks. Hear more about this exciting topic on today’s show, plus have you heard about the relocation of Ala Moana Farmer’s Market all you Oahu market fans out there?

Due to the renovations happening at Ala Moana shopping center, the Saturday weekly market has moved to Ward Warehouse. But you’ll have to tune in to this podcast to learn more about the details. We’ll also tell you about the new eco-tour hitting the Big Island, where guests can plant their own koa tree and help give back to the aina. And that new resort property slotted for Kauai? The Coconut Beach Resort that’s allocated to ocean front property on the east side? Yeah, it’s on the market. Unfortunately the price for this property is undisclosed, but you’ll find out a little bit more about this new development, which will most likely sprout up on the Garden Isle in the near future.


  1. Two other places you forgot to mention are Akatsuka Orchids and Hilo Coffee Mill. Both are on the highway between Hilo and Volcanoes National Park. Free to the public and wonderful learning experiences for the whole family.


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