Guide to the Big Island’s Five Volcanoes

If you’ve read our article, “11 things you didn’t know about the Big Island of Hawaii,” then you already know that the island is larger than the other Hawaiian Islands combined. It’s the largest island in the United States, has the tallest mountains in the world and is even larger than the combined size of Delaware and Rhode Island.

So why is the Big Island so excessively large? Unlike the other Hawaiian Islands, the Big Island has five volcanoes, as opposed to only one or two. To ancient Hawaiians, each volcano had its own separate place in Hawaiian mythology and lore and, in modern Hawaii, each offers its own set of opportunities for adventure. Here is a guide to the Big Island’s five volcanoes.

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May 22, 2015 by
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Tips for Visiting Molokini Crater

Over 200 different species of fish call Molokini Crater home, and sometimes even manta rays and sharks pass through its deeper sections. This news isn’t exactly a secret, however, as snorkeling tours at Molokini are one of the most popular activities on Maui. Close to 1,000 people visit Molokini on the busiest days of the year. To help ensure your snorkeling experience is everything you’ve dreamt of and more, here are some tips for visiting Molokini Crater.

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May 15, 2015 by
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Eating Like a Local on a Honolulu Food Tour

Purple pancakes at YogurStory

“If you could choose your last meal you ever ate, what would it be?” Ryan asked each of us as an ice breaker on the Honolulu Food Tour: Eat Like a Local. I normally hate questions like this, but strangely an answer popped into my head “Surf and turf for the main, and chocolate molten cake for dessert,” I answered. Just thinking about my last meal made me hungry, which was good as I soon found out that I would need a voracious appetite for this tour!

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May 8, 2015 by
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Best Places to Watch the Sunset on Oahu

It’s the stereotypical image of paradise — toes in the sand, a light breeze in the palms and a fiery sunset slowly sinking through clouds flecked in orange and gold. Like the rest of its tropical Hawaiian neighbors, Oahu offers a light parade on the western horizon each night, where the whole island seems to collectively pause to watch the evening show. After all, sunsets in Hawaii aren’t merely an occurrence but revered events, where torches are lit and the last waves ridden as the beach comes alive with camera bulbs and the bellowing sound of the conch. That said, some of the best places to watch the sunset on Oahu are a bit more popular than others, and sometimes it’s nice to find your own little corner for sitting and watching the show.

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May 6, 2015 by
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Best Surf Spots On the Big Island Of Hawaii

Surfing on the Big Island of Hawaii

The Big Island of Hawaii is not an island traditionally known for its surfing. When compared to its smaller Hawaiian neighbors such as Maui, Oahu and Kauai — where waves in winter can regularly reach over 40 feet in height — the Big Island of Hawaii is conspicuously absent from the surfing conversation. This, however, is not to say that there isn’t surf on the Big Island.

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April 17, 2015 by
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Best Scuba Diving Locations in Maui

Scuba diving in Maui Molokini

Granted, when looking for things to do in Maui, going to the bottom of Haleakala isn’t exactly an option. What is possible, however, is exploring the coral and rock formations that are just barely beneath the surface, as much of Maui’s underwater architecture was formed by the volcano’s eruption. And, while the snorkeling in Maui is some of the best in Hawaii, visitors who choose to go scuba diving in Maui can experience the island’s wealth of marine life in a degree not found on the surface. So, whether you’re an avid diver looking to log some more bottom time or are just getting in to the sport, here are some of the best scuba diving locations in Maui to weightlessly float in paradise.

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April 10, 2015 by
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Oahu’s Best Historical Sites

Pearl Harbor History Oahu

Sure, Oahu is a famous tropical paradise full of surfing, beaches and sunsets, but there’s much more to this Hawaiian island than endless tropical adventure. Oahu has a complex and intriguing history; as the political center of the Hawaiian Islands, important historical events have taken place on these shores. Add in the fact it’s the site of Pearl Harbor and the infamous Japanese attack, and Oahu has a political and war-related history unlike anywhere else in Hawaii.

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April 3, 2015 by
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Exploring the Ka’eleku Cavern on Maui

Hana Lava Tube Maze

Hana’s all about waterfalls, waves and tropical blooms. But below its lush scenery hides an underground world that offers a perfect break from the sun. Beat the heat by walking through the Hana Lava Tube.

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April 3, 2015 by
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Best Cultural Experiences On Kauai

Kauai has an identity that’s separate from the rest of the neighboring Hawaiian Islands. It’s the first place that a western explorer ever set foot on Hawaiian land, and it’s the only island that King Kamehameha didn’t directly conquer through war. It’s the last know holdout of a Polynesian minority who identified as “manahune,” and even the Hawaiian language on Kauai historically has its own dialect. Add in the fact that missionaries and sugar were infused in the 19th century, and Kauai has an eclectic cultural history to accompany its tropical beauty. To tap into this wealth of history and unique Hawaiian culture, the following are some of the best cultural experiences on Kauai for your trip to the “Garden Isle.”

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March 27, 2015 by
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10 Things You Never Knew About Maui

Everyone knows that Maui is beautiful and is one of the world’s best islands, but there’s a lot more to the “Valley Isle” than many visitors might realize. Sure—it’s the second largest island in the Hawaiian chain and has the world’s largest dormant volcano, but those are facts that appear in virtually every list about Maui. Instead, we’ve chosen to highlight some facts about Maui that are little bit more obscure, and offer some insight into its fascinating history and current visitor activities. So, if you consider yourself a Maui expert or simply love the island, test your knowledge with these 10 things you never knew about Maui.

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March 20, 2015 by
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