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40 Rainbow Dr, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Just outside of Hilo is one of the Big Island's beautiful waterfalls. Rainbow Falls is a pretty sight, particularly when the sun is shining and its rainbow is shimmering in the mist. The rainbow is out on most days, so chances are that you will...
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16-701 Macadamia Road, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Living in Hawaii, I find it's not hard to appreciate macadamia nuts. After moving to the Islands, I did not waste any time determining my favorite kind of chocolate-covered mac, Mauna Loa. As with many other companies, mac nut orchards dot the Big...
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We stayed in Hilo—hot, wet, and tropical Hilo—in a rented, Japanese-style house. Since I'm an astronomy nerd, I had to take the tour up to the observatories on Mauna Kea—way up on the top of the Big Island. The van trip was fun and educational,...
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The trees look as if they have plotted a slow attack to take over the road. Vines hang down trying to slyly block my way and hinder my vision. The road isn’t straight nor does it have any defined shoulders or boundaries. The asphalt is laid around...
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Silence is priceless. Standing at the edge and looking down at the caldera, I felt I could understand why native Hawaiians viewed the volcano goddess with such respect.
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Ninole Loop Rd, Naalehu, HI 96772, USA
To find a beach removed from the tourist-friendly Kona side of the Big Island, consider a drive to Punaluu Beach Park. The black sand is beautiful against the tropical green vegetation surrounding the little stretch of sand and the green sea...
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HI-11, Naalehu, HI 96772, USA
Toward the south of the Big Island, most everything turns into the superlative "southernmost." So, appropriately, the Punaluu Bake Shop is the Southernmost bakery in the United States. There are other reasons to visit this bakery, too. The goods...
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Kealakekua Bay, South Kona, HI 96704, USA
Snorkeling and diving in the bay is awesome. Many colorful fish, corals, and the bonus this trip was seeing the dolphins swimming right next to us and our boat....
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Keauhou Bay, Kahaluu-Keauhou, HI 96740, USA
One of the better snorkel spots I have been to is at Keauhou Bay, where the variety of fish is impressive and green sea turtles come to feast. The bay has been the location of some revitalization and preservation efforts recently, which makes the...
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74-5612 Pawai Pl, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
The gecko is the "aumakua" or symbolic protector of Kona Brewing on the Big Island and the little lizard serves them well. This year marks the 18th annual Kona Brewers Festival, always held the first weekend in March. The lizard delivers with over...
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72-100 Ka'upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Hawaii might not showcase four distinct seasons, but you will never miss any one of them if you stay at the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort on the Big Island. Located on the Kona (leeward) side of Hawaii Island, the Resort stays sunny and dry nearly...
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1 N Kaniku Dr, Waimea, HI 96743, USA
The Luana Lounge at the Fairmont Orchid Resort on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island luxuriates guests in comfortable seats inside or outside on the lanai (patio). Food and drinks are thoughtfully crafted to coincide with the indoor/outdoor lounge...
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Waipio Valley, Hawaii 96727, USA
A happy accident and some particularly friendly locals allowed me to hike up to the beautiful twin falls at the back of Waipio Valley known as Hi'ilawe. There is a famous Hawaiian song inspired by these falls, but few people have taken the time to...
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5000 Kahala Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
One of the prettiest spots on Oahu.
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Volcano, HI, USA
Why I was so surprised to find a food truck in the village of Volcano outside of Volcano National Park, I'm not sure. All I know is that it was one of the many culinary surprises on the Big Island. This truck was packed with all kinds of wonderful...
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75-5805 Ali'i Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
For a little Mexican flare on the Big Island, Rosa's Cantina in Kailua-Kona fries up fajitas, tostadas, tamales, and tacos while the sun dips into the ocean and the palm trees gently sway. After sunset, the cantina lights up the night with music...