I found Lefty, the famous Manta Ray, elusive by day by Steve Jurvetson (CC BY 2.0)

Best Big Island Adventures for Summer

A certain excitement floats in the air the moment the calendar hits May. School is out — or will be soon — and the sense of summer’s upcoming freedom is stronger than the scent of freshly cut grass, more refreshing than lemonade in the sun. It’s a time of adventure and exploration, where new destinations provide opportunities to revel in novel activities. This, of course, makes it a popular time for vacations, and families traveling to the Big Island of Hawaii have a wealth of adventures at their fingertips. Here are some of the best Big Island adventures for summer.

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May 18, 2016 by
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Visiting the USS Oklahoma Memorial at Pearl Harbor

Pay a visit to Oahu’s Pearl Harbor, and you’re sure to hear about the USS Arizona where over 1,100 service members tragically lost their lives. The Arizona Memorial is the most visited — and somber — section in all of Pearl Harbor, but there are many other corners to this naval base deserving of visitors attention. One of those corners is the Oklahoma Memorial, a tribute to the 429 sailors who were killed in 1941.

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May 11, 2016 by
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Visiting Oahu Movie Locations

While over four million people visit the island of Oahu every year, millions more experience the island by watching it up on the big screen. Dozens of films have been shot on Oahu, where the beautiful scenery and tropical climate combine to create a comfortable setting for shooting Hollywood films. Whereas some movies, like 50 First Dates, are specifically modeled around characters on Oahu, other films like Jurassic Park use the island as a stand-in for somewhere else. If you’re a movie buff and want to peek behind the scenes, these are some classic spots to visit.

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May 4, 2016 by
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Coming Full Circle on a West Maui and Molokai Helicopter Tour

The view from above.

When Dan suggested the helicopter tour over West Maui and Molokai, I was delighted: I’d never been in a helicopter. Here was my chance to prove that my former adrenaline-junkie self hadn’t been body-snatched by a wheels-on-the-bus-singing mom-bot.

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April 19, 2016 by
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Lava at Night: An Evening Volcano Adventure

The glow from Kilauea

When it’s time to leave your pool or beach to explore the island of Hawaii, a trip to Volcanoes National Park is on most to-visit lists … There are a variety of tour options available, and I made a full-day commitment on a small-group Evening Lava Adventure tour, about 12 hours from pick-up until return, in order to experience the nighttime glow from Kilauea Volcano. The day was broken up with stops and activities to create a sampler of some of the best the island has to offer.

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April 12, 2016 by
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7 Oahu Sights You Can’t Miss

The island of Oahu is on nearly every traveler’s dream list. It’s warm; it’s scenic; it’s pulsing with activity. And despite being part of the U.S., it holds an exotic, international charm you can get without a passport. That said, everyone who visits the island of Oahu has a slightly different agenda. Some come to shop in Honolulu and party all night at the clubs, while others flock to the island to surf the famous North Shore. Others want to soak up the year-round sun and some seek out the cultural, culinary and historic sights of the island. Whatever your reason for visiting Oahu, you can’t go home without visiting these seven sights.

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February 29, 2016 by
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8 Things To Know Before You Visit Hawaii

Each island in Hawaii has its own personality.

Hawaii is a place gloriously unlike any other on the planet, so a little preparation makes all the difference. Some people, upon visiting, are surprised at what they find, whether in terms of weather or pace of life. To help you manage expectations and learn a little about the islands, here are eight things to know before you visit Hawaii.

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January 15, 2016 by
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Tips for Visiting the North Shore in Winter

Given the excitement and size of the surf, visiting the North Shore of Oahu in winter can be a bit overwhelming. To help you on your quest to visit surfing’s most heralded ground, here are some tips for visiting the North Shore in winter that every first-timer should know.

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January 8, 2016 by
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10 Things to Know Before You Visit Oahu

Every year, more people visit the island of Oahu than Maui, Kauai, the Big Island, Lanai and Molokai combined. On average, Oahu welcomes five million visitors to its shores each year — many of whom are first-timers. If you find yourself in this category, here is our list of 10 things to know before you visit Oahu.

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December 11, 2015 by
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Where to Find Hula Shows on Maui

Hula on Maui

Hula is a staple of the Hawaiian Islands, but there’s more history and depth of culture to the enchanting form of dance than many visitors realize. When European explorers arrived in Hawaii in the late 1700s, they found a people with no alphabet or written form of language. All of the Polynesian islands instead relied on oral histories and stories, told in forms including chants, songs, poetry, music and dance. When you watch a hula performance, then, you’re witnessing these tales as told through steps and the purposeful movements of hands — a people passing down their ancestors’ stories as they have for hundreds of years.

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December 4, 2015 by
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