Best Beaches On The Big Island of Hawaii

Raw.

That’s a word you could use to describe the enormous Big Island of Hawaii. When compared to its smaller tropical neighbors—whose shorelines are rung by white sand coves and long stretches of sand—the Big Island of Hawaii is actively growing and bubbling its way up from the sea. Geologically, the Big Island of Hawaii is still its infancy, and its five volcanoes range from half a million to half an hour old. When compared to islands like Maui or Kauai, which, respectively, are between one million and 5 million years old, the Big Island of Hawaii is a work in progress and not quite fully formed.

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January 23, 2015 by
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Money Saving Tips On Maui

Sure, traveling to Maui can be expensive—but there are also ways to visit Maui without having to break the bank. Between the celebrity-laden luxury resorts and pricey oceanfront meals, there are also places where budget travelers can enjoy the island on the cheap. Like any popular destination, it’s possible to spend your entire life savings if you splurge and spend at will—or by following these money saving tips on Maui, you can maybe even extend your trip for longer than you’d originally thought.

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January 16, 2015 by
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Where to Watch Big Wave Surfing on Kauai

There are two things that define winter in Hawaii: Humpback whales, and really big waves. While whale watching season in Hawaii kicks off on Dec. 15, big surf arrives as early as October and lasts through the end of March. Thanks to powerful North Pacific storms packing intense, hurricane force winds, the north shores of the […]

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January 9, 2015 by
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Five of Maui’s Best Hikes

Maui, in many ways, doesn’t seem real.

It’s an island of waterfalls, volcanoes, and lava rock and an endless procession of beaches, and a place where winter is measured in whales as opposed to inches of snow. It’s an island where surfers ride 70 ft. waves and visitors snorkel with sea turtles, and a place where fiery sunsets are paired with a dramatic blowing of the conch. It’s five hours from the nearest continent and a world away from reality, and for as much as it seems like a tropical fairytale, the island of Maui is real.

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December 26, 2014 by
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Classic Christmas Gifts From Hawaii

Santa’s sleigh wouldn’t make it very far on Hawaii’s golden sands. Instead, ol’ Saint Nick delivers presents in the islands by paddling an outrigger canoe, and while the mode of transport might be a bit different, the excitement of receiving an island-themed gift is still exactly the same.

Since thousands of families annually celebrate Christmas in Hawaii, buying presents for friends back home is a Hawaii holiday tradition. Similarly, local families with children on the Mainland like to give gifts that reminds them of home, and while the array of gift items is always changing, the following are some of the traditional classic Christmas gifts from Hawaii.

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December 19, 2014 by
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Dinner With A View On A Private Maui Helicopter Tour

My pilot Jeannette wants to be absolutely sure that I’ve gotten a good view of this waterfall. “I’ll loop around one more time,” she says, her voice crackling through my headset. “We’ll stay in this area as long as you want—just need to be back before dark.” This, apparently, is the type of thing you […]

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December 15, 2014 by
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Farmers Markets on the Big Island of Hawaii

From the moment you arrive at the park or field where the farmers market is held, there is a festive sense of vibrancy and community that floats in the morning air. Hugs are exchanged between “competing” vendors who share neighboring white tents or tables, and friends, relatives, family, and strangers sit, talk story, and relax. Visiting a farmers market on the Big Island of Hawaii is like a window into everyday culture, where the marketing sheen and PR gloss is replaced by scenes of real life.

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December 12, 2014 by
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How Oahu Commemorates The Attack on Pearl Harbor

“December 7th, 1941—a date that will live in infamy.”

Those were the words that President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and it’s a line that would become one of the most famous political quotes of the entire 20th century. Every year in the Hawaiian Islands, while much of the nation is preparing for winter or gearing up for holiday shopping, veterans, military, and local residents all stop and gather for a day to remember that fateful morning that forever changed the course of American history.

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December 5, 2014 by
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Save 10% on Hawaii Tours

Save 10 Percent in Hawaii when you spend $500 USD or equivalent value!*

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December 4, 2014 by
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Volunteer Opportunities on Maui

In the past on this blog we’ve discussed some of the things that you shouldn’t do when you visit Hawaii. While all of those statements still hold true, today we’re going to discuss something you absolutely should do:

Volunteer.

Since these islands provide joy for millions of visitors who travel from across the globe, every visitor should help in some way to keep these islands beautiful. The reefs provide homes for fish and turtles we love to swim and snorkel with, and the forests provide cool and shaded escapes we can experience while walking its trails. The Hawaiian culture and its unique identity are beloved by all who visit, and preserving, protecting, and cultivating its past is important for the islands’ future.

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November 28, 2014 by
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