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State Hwy 160, Hōnaunau, HI 96726, USA
During a leisurely drive along the ocean on the Big Island of Hawaii, we decided to stop at Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park. I knew I wanted to visit because I enjoy history and learning about the local culture, but I wasn't expecting...
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Settled more than a thousand years ago, this cove grew into a thriving community and religious center anchored around Hikiau Heiau, a temple atop a platform of stacked lava rocks. In 1779, British explorer Captain James Cook arrived here during...

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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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78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
With dinosaur-wide wingspans, these majestic creatures feed on some of the sea's smallest organisms: zooplankton. Strap on a snorkel to watch them feed at night, doing slow, gape-mouthed barrel rolls as they swallow copepods, Mysidae shrimp, and...
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81-6581 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, HI 96750, USA

Kona's high elevation, frequent cloud cover and rich volcanic soil produce some of the world's finest java. Hundreds of coffee growers populate the Big Island, including Greenwell Farms (free tours continuously from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30...

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Kaahumanu Pl, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

This temple served Kamehameha the Great when he returned to the Big Island to rule. The center of political power during the king's golden years, it's one of Hawaii's most significant sites. The beloved ruler died there in 1819—and months...

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Holoholokai Beach Park Rd, Puako, HI 96743, USA

From November until early May, immense humpback whales visit the Big Island's western coastline. These dark-gray giants can reach 18 meters (59 feet) and 36,000 kilograms (40 tons), but that doesn't deter them from spectacular aerial displays of...

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Islanders once lived in harmony with the land: farming, fishing and harvesting fruit. Today the state imports 80 to 90 percent of its food. Visit Kaloko-Honokohau to catch a glimpse of the island's ancient agricultural...

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Holualoa Beach Rd, Holualoa, HI 96740, USA

This mountain village—high in Kona coffee country on the slope of Hualalai volcano—has become an art enclave. Its brightly painted, tin-roofed plantation shacks center around the two-lane Mamalahoa Highway. Browse galleries...

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75-5669 Ali'i Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

This 48-passenger submersible dips down to 30 meters (98 feet). It passes two shipwrecks and explores vibrant coral gardens that have bloomed on ancient lava formations. The hour-long excursion departs from the Kailua-Kona pier and remains a...