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Big Island beauty

Big Island beauty April 9, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
Waipio Valley Child fishing during Kona sunset Kealakekua Bay Looking south from Kealakekua Yes, a zebra in South Point! Warm pond at Issac Hale Beach Park Looking east down the Puna coast Kalapana Lava Flow Hilo Bay and Mauna Kea Beautiful Ho`okena Beach

Star of the Sea painted church shares Kalapana’s past

Star of the Sea painted church shares Kalapana’s past March 30, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
Mauna Kea’s lava flow of the late 80s and early 90s left just one building that still stands today, the Star of the Sea, or Kalapana’s Painted Church. Located on the left at the bottom of the Kalapana Highway, just before the fork in the road leading to the lava field that was once the beautiful...

Big Island beach is green with beauty

Big Island beach is green with beauty March 26, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
At the southern most point in the Hawaiian Islands on the Big Island, lies a secluded crescent shaped green sand beach. Located in South Point and blanketed in the green mineral olivine, a byproduct of the continuous volcanic activity, the beach is a mix of grayish sand a vibrant green – hence...

Come Face to Face with Manta Rays During a Nighttime Kona Dive

Come Face to Face with Manta Rays During a Nighttime Kona Dive February 29, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
Sunset on the Kona coast marks the start of what is perhaps the Big Island’s most intriguing nighttime show – the manta ray feeding frenzy taking place inches from curious ocean lovers submerged in the dark sea. Manta ray dives have been a coveted experience for over a decade, offering guests...

Swim with dolphins at Ho`okena Beach

Swim with dolphins at Ho`okena Beach February 1, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
There doesn’t seem to be anything more romantic, adventurous, or special than swimming with dolphins – without a scuba instructor or dive cage. And the Big Island is known for just that. While each side of the island has spots known to locals as great for swimming with dolphins, one of the...

Kayaking in Kona’s Kealakekua Bay is pure tropical beauty

Kayaking in Kona’s Kealakekua Bay is pure tropical beauty January 29, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
It was at Kealakekua Bay in South Kona that Captain James Cook, the first European to be documented to land in the Hawaiian Islands, first anchored and set foot on the Big Island. Pre-contact Hawaiians had just completed a circle island journey for the Makahiki, a celebratory time in honor of the god...

Uncle Billy’s Kona still delivers good service and low rates

Uncle Billy’s Kona still delivers good service and low rates January 27, 2012 | Hotels | Read More
Growing up on the east side of the Big Island, Kailua-Kona was our weekend getaway spot. Kona is usually dry and sunny, always warm, and covered in white sand beaches that the east side lacks. When we weren’t camping, Uncle Billy’s Kona Bay Hotel in Kona was our go-to affordable place to...

Kona Brewing Co. Pub serves up awesome beer and great food

Kona Brewing Co. Pub serves up awesome beer and great food January 25, 2012 | Food, Nightlife | Read More
I love beer. And I love food. It’s sort of common knowledge the that it can be hard to find great bar food, especially on small tropical islands – but the Kona Brew Pub on the south side of the Big Island never fails to please. The Kona Brewing Company has been producing beers locally since...

Romantic things to do on the Big Island

Romantic things to do on the Big Island September 28, 2011 | Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Boasting an amazing array of beautiful and unique natural wonders, the Big Island is truly a wonderful place to romance – mostly in nature. On the east side, romantic moments range from viewing a night sky glowing red from flowing lava, to lounging in a naturally heated tide pool, to enjoying a...

Cafe Pesto Pizza

Cafe Pesto Pizza September 28, 2011 | What's New | Read More
With locations both in Hilo along Bayfront and Kawaihae, Cafe Pesto serves up Italian food with a slight Pacific Rim twist. Pizza is one of the things locals keep coming back for and they offer unique takes on the dish. They offer all of the standard toppings along with unique ones like gorgonzola cheese...
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