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If you have the time next time you're in Hawaii, instead of just hanging on the beach or catching point breaks, charter a sailboat for a few days. Tons of boats will take you out of the Big Island or out of Lahaina on Maui—not too expensive if you...
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Waimea, HI 96743, USA
13,700 feet above sea level is the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. Several companies offer tours for sunset viewing from the summit, followed by stargazing down at the visitors center at about 9000 feet. Incredible experience! You...
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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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68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr, Waimea, HI 96743, USA
The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island has a federal grant to care for and study green sea turtles. They receive turtles hatched at Sealife in Honolulu and raise them at the hotel until they reach the age of 2-3 years old. Once they are old...
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Anaehoomalu Bay, Puako, HI 96738, USA
This beach has good snorkeling, sand and facilities. It can be a busy beach but near the end of the day there were not many people around
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The ire of Mount Kilauea reforges the world before visitors' eyes. Nicknamed "the World's Only Drive-In Volcano," it’s produced serious lava every day since 1983 with no signs of stopping. Pele—the fire goddess who lives here,...
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Hilo, HI 96720, USA
After hiking along waterfalls, palms, iron wood, breadfruit trees, and a romantic fern grotto, we came upon the rain forest's sister, the ocean, kissing our feet as we emerged to remind us we are on an island and we are but mortal.