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Hawaii (Big Island) Favorites

  • Island Tour / Exploration

    Kailua-Kona Favorites

    Hard to believe that this dormant volcano is the world's tallest mountain at a height of 32,000 ft. measured from the bottom of the ocean floor to the summit. Although a good portion of it is below sea level, 13,796 ft. is visible and rises above the ocean. The last eruptions occured about 4,500 years ago. At the summit is the world's largest...

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  • Local Map

    Hilo Favorites

    - Here is a map of Hilo. Arnott's Lodge off the map right 1/4 mile on Hwy 19 UncleBilly's Hotel is where the 'e' is in foot bridge Shipman House is off the map left center See all the green bayfront land that hasn't been rebuilt upon since the sunami's of 1946 and 1960

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  • Landscape

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Favorites

    As the steaming lava cools & descends into the sea, patches of forest recover. Black shoreline as such are commonly observed. A huge undersea volcano (called the Loihi) is presently building a future Hawaiian island.

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  • Organized tours

    Volcano Favorites

    If you are taking an organized tour, check out where exactly they will take you. My tour was very interesting, but unfortunately they did not go anywhere near where the Lava was flowing. Which would have been an Awesome site. Just everything about this place is a fond memory. You walk around and see some incredible things. Steam spurting out of...

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  • Waterfalls

    Hawaii (Big Island) Favorites

    Wai'anuenue "Rainbow" Falls is only 80 feet high, but it out-produces any other fall in the state in sheer volume. Its average discharge per day is more than 300 million gallons. On a sunny morning the resulting spray from this full-force falls does indeed result in a bright and colorful rainbow. When we were watching the falls it was heavily...

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  • Volcanoes National Park

    Kailua-Kona Favorites

    Visiting Volcanos National Park was worth the whole trip. The Drive from Kona was about 2 1/2 hours, so get started early and plan on a long day. Better yet, if your going to visit VNP stay in Hilo or at the Volcano House, which is perched on the edge of the caluldera. The sights here will take your breath away. the most memorable part of this trip...

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  • Churches

    Hilo Favorites

    Also known as the Haili Church, this was founded in the 1820s by the first group of Christian missionaries to operate on the big island. The current structure, built in 1867, was designed in the Greek Revival style, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It's located at 211 Haili Street, a little ways up the hill from the Bay.

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  • Volcanoes National Park

    Hawaii (Big Island) Favorites

    As with birds, Hawaii is home to a variety of plants that exist nowhere else in the world. Evolving in isolation for over 50,000 years, Hawaiian plants normally lack the defense mechanisms or competitiveness to survive against introduced plabts, so they are now often found in unique environmental niches inhospitable to most western plants. One...

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  • Watersports

    Kailua-Kona Favorites

    Anaehoomalu Bay is great for windsurfing, especially in the afternoon when the wind picks up. This beach is very casual & many try the water sports available even if it's the first time. There is no pressure here to 'look good'. Anaehoomalu Bay is the only spot on the island where you can learn to windsurf. I realize this tip should be under the...

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  • Bars.

    Hilo Favorites

    Check out this bar called Flipside Too. I think it is on Mamo St. But I know for sure it is across from the open market (Saturdays...) The bartender was a hoot in a half. And the patrons look like they've been there forever! VERY nice and made Frank and I feel real welcomed! The guy sitting next to me.. his pidgen was so thick I barely understood...

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  • Hapuna Beach

    Hawaii (Big Island) Favorites

    Stay in Kailua, but take time to drive along the Kona and Kohala coastal areas to get your Perfect Sandy Beach fix(es.) HAPUNA BEACH STATE PARK rates among the best. There's a big parking lot (free!!) and covered picnic areas just above the beach itself. Bring water and snacks, but just in case, they do have a nice little concessions stand for all...

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  • Beaches / Bays

    Kailua-Kona Favorites

    As I was wandering along the beach near my hotel, I was stepping from rock to rock, looking for fish and sea turtles to photograph. In addition to these, I noticed a crab on one of the rocks It was one of the largest crabs I had seen: about 6 inches across. I was wondering if he would stay still enough to photograph; fortunately he complied. It was...

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  • Waterfalls

    Hilo Favorites

    The many waterfalls... Rainbow falls, to Akaka falls, and many in between. The lush greenery in this area is spectacular. Makes you feel like you have just entered a different world. The natural lush green rainforests, and the beauty of the waterfalls, is spectactular.

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  • City of Refuge

    Hawaii (Big Island) Favorites

    this is where you'd flee to if you've committed a crime in ancient hawaii. if you've managed to get to the designated area before being captured ''you cool''. google o.j. and ford bronco for an unsuccessful modern day attempt of this concept.

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  • Sunsets

    Kailua-Kona Favorites

    First of all don't sleep the first night. That will kill your Jetlag! To waiste the time switch to Channel 6 this is the local touristic channel wich will show you what you could do during the next days! Vacation!

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  • King Kamehemeha

    Hilo Favorites

    The statue of King Kamehemeha. This statue is the original one that while being transported from Boston it was lost at sea near the Falkland Islands. Later recovered and brought to Kohola, King Kamehemeha home district.

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  • Mauna Loa

    Hawaii (Big Island) Favorites

    Rising gradually to more than 4 km above sea level, Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on our planet. Its long submarine flanks descend to the sea floor an additional 5 km, and the sea floor in turn is depressed by Mauna Loa's great mass another 8 km. This makes the volcano's summit about 17 km (56,000 ft) above its base! The enormous volcano covers...

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  • Scuba Diving / Snorkeling

    Kailua-Kona Favorites

    I didn't snorkel myself, but it was even fun to watch other people snorkeling at Kahalu'u Beach. It seems there were almost always snorkelers there. The bright blue water was quite enjoyable to look at.

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  • Volcanoes

    Hilo Favorites

    Dominating the area are the volcanos and Volcano National Park is a must see for anyone visiting this area. It is constantly changing and there are so many fascinating aspects about it - seeing an active lava flow (after dark) is pretty special as is a walk inside the volcano crater. Thurston lava tube is another beautiful site with lush ferns...

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  • Guide Books.

    Hawaii (Big Island) Favorites

    Any trip to the Big Island is incomplete without this guidebook. You will find more things to do and see than you will have time and it will certainly show you a new side of the island if you are a retrun-traveller. Get this book! You will not be disappointed. You can find it at Amazon or any of the big book retailers in the travel...

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  • Turtle Gate

    Kailua-Kona Favorites

    I was taking a stroll along Alii Drive when I came across this rather interesting gate. Since this area definitely has a sea turtle theme, this fit right in. It turns out it belongs to a B&B, though I didn't try it because I was staying at the hotel where my symposium was being held.

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  • Green Sands Beach

    Hawaii (Big Island) Favorites

    Drive down to the southern most point in the US (not the tip of Key West, as we are led to believe), and drive/hike over to the Green Sands Beach. The sand really is green, but not the kelly green I was expecting.

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  • Golfing

    Kailua-Kona Favorites

    Golf - A golfers paradise with the best golfing of all the Hawaiian Islands (per my avid golfing co-workers). There are 18 golf courses ranging from municipal to championship with some of the best facilities in the world. At one point the Big Island was trying to lure Japanese tourists with the wonderful golf courses. Unfortunately, they were not...

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  • Waipio Valley

    Hawaii (Big Island) Favorites

    The lush, coastal Waipio Valley is the largest and most spectacular of the series of amphitheater valleys on the windward side of the Kohala Mountains. It is enclosed by near-vertical 2000-ft (600m) high cliffs and is accessible only by a narrow, excessively-steep 4WD track, making hiking in the best option. The valley is a fecund tangle of jungle,...

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  • Waterfalls Galore

    Did I mention I love the waterfalls of the Big Island? Well yes, I do and so does my wife. The waterfalls here are quite nice and if you happen to visit after a heavy rain; they are quite raging.

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  • Amazing but difficult to find beach (Kua...

    Kua Bay Beach Park is an absolutely beautiful beach with a small(ish) white sand beach surrounded by lava rocks. Its location and clear waters are absolutely amazing, water pleasantly warm and clear. You can find there turtles swimming close buy. Its parking area is still being developed but the beach itself is a paradise. To get there: The beach...

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  • Getting arrount the Big Island in 7 days

    If you land in Hilo and fly out from Kona or vice versa, you'll be much more likely to accomplish your plan.Arnotts Lodge is doing lavatours out of hilo as well as Mauna Kea summit tours. If you want to drive mauna kea yourself you need an expensive 4x4. My 2001 Big Island 9-day itinerary:Day 1 - Arrive Kona Airport in the evening. Stayed in an...

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  • Rare Silverswords: Hawaii's Endemic...

    As with birds, Hawaii is home to a variety of plants that exist nowhere else in the world. Evolving in isolation for over 50,000 years, Hawaiian plants normally lack the defense mechanisms or competitiveness to survive against introduced plabts, so they are now often found in unique environmental niches inhospitable to most western plants. One...

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  • THe Big Island is Great for Birding

    If you are interested in seeing some of the endangered endemic Hawaiian bird species, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island is a good place to find them. With abundant ohia trees, it's easy spot 'apapanes, the red honeycreeper that feeds on the flowers. Since much of the Big Island is undeveloped and elevated, some of the usual causes...

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  • The Ohia Tree: Hawaii's state tree

    Hawaii's beautiful state tree is known as the ohia. It is easy to spot, due to its bright red brush-like flowers, which serve as feeding locations for many of Hawaii's indigenous and endangered birds. While you can find these trees everywhere, they are best noted for their ability to find a welcoming growing location in areas covered by lava flows...

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  • It's Amazing Where Plants Will Grow

    Ever wonder why you can't get tomatoes to grow in perfect top soil when you fertilize them and water them as if they were your own children? Well, you'll continue to wonder that even more if you hike around Volcano National Park. "How can these plants grow here?" is what you'll constantly mutter as you continue to scratch your head. Maybe I need to...

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  • Lunar-like Landscapes at Volcano NP

    Without a doubt, the primary reason to go to the Big Island is to see its unique black landscapes. Even if you don't get out of the car, the drive on Chain of Craters Road is spectacular and otherwordly. Just don't expect a lot of shade!In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, many of the lava flows are marked with signs that indicate the dates of...

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  • Know Your Lava Types

    There are a variety of different lava types. While economists might say "That's the joy of a market economy!" the difference really stems from the temperature of the lava flowing from the ground. Hotter, faster lava forms more smoothly than slower, cooler lava which ends up chunky! The Hawaiians have lots of names for different types of lava. Some...

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  • Approaching Landing Strip

    Since I was seated next to the pilot while on an airplane tour, I got to see the plane approach the landing strip, which I have tried to simulate here with the five photos. Of course this isn't quite the same thing as actually experiencing the real thing...

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  • Full-Circle rainbow!

    I guess I now know why Hawaii is the Rainbow State. On my airplane tour, I got to see a full-circle rainbow. It's hard to see in the photos, of course (I didn't have a fish-eye lens... ;), but I promise you, it was a full circle! :-)

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  • Aerial view of lava flows

    My one opportunity to see red hot lava was while on an airplane tour. I can now say I have seen red hot lava, and that's cool...I mean hot. Granted, it would have been even more spectacular if I could have seen it spewing up into the air (from a safe distance that is), but this was fun too.

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  • Sunset atop Mauna Kea

    On my Mauna Kea tour, we were at the summit for the sunset. This has to be one of the most magnificent venues for a sunset I have ever experienced. I lucked out with the weather, with summit temperatures in the low 40s Fahrenheit (approximately 5 Celsius), and barely any wind. It was cloudy, but that was actually better, because we were above the...

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  • Flowering Bushes

    Near the south entrance to Kaloko-Honokahau National Park, I came across these lovely flowering bushes. While I was admiring them, someone driving by stopped and offered to take a picture with me in front of the bushes. I'm sure the offer was honest, but I declined. I was close to the end of my trip, and a bit paranoid he might run off with my...

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  • Sea Birds

    I came across these sea birds at Kaloko-Honokahau National Park. I'm not sure what they are, but I'm wondering if they're Nene. I certainly saw enough "Leave the Nene alone" signs...

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  • Finches

    Walking along the path to the water's edge in Kaloko-Honokohau National Park, I came across some brightly colored finches. I always enjoy looking at brightly colored birds, so I stopped to take photos. I was quite surprised they didn't fly away. I suppose they're used to humans by now.

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  • Lapakahi Rainbows

    There was a light rain shower as I was walking along the self-guided walk. This made me wonder if I would be able to see a rainbow. Sure enough, right as I approached Koai'e Cove, I saw quite a nice one. The tropical scenery set it off very well, I think. Enjoy! :-)

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  • Akaka Falls, north coast Big Island

    The north coast of the big island is very beautiful. There is an amazing coastline, with many scenic roads and lookouts. You can find many waterfalls and beautiful rainforest on the northern side of this island.

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  • dramatic coast lines, Big Island Hawaii

    Hawaii is so beautiful and unique!the nature is amazingly wonderful: rainforest, waterfalls, beaches,...Hawaii is perfect for hiking and biking on the island, and snorkeling, diving, surfing in the water.The north coast of the big island is very picturesque. There is an amazing coastline, with many scenic roads and lookouts.

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  • The Big Island of Hawaii - Volcanoes...

    As the name says this is the biggest and youngest island of the hawaiian archipelago. On the east side this island is still growing!! If you are lucky you can see flowing lava (we did!!). But even if you don't, the Volcanoes National Park is very interesting, smoky sulfur holes and hundreds of craters to explore.

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  • Best trip ever!

    The volcanos. Do the helicopter tour and take the drive up and see it up close. It's humbling! The force of nature is stronger than anything man could do and we should all realize that! Snorkeling. Being able to swim with beautiful birghtly coloured fishes and huge turtles swiming around you. All doing their own thing.

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