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Nene, The Hawaii State Bird

Nene, the world’s rarest goose, is also the official Hawaii State Bird. Endemic to Hawaii, approximately 500 Nene currently live on the Big Island.

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Scenic Ahalanui Park - Puna Beaches and Beach Parks

The naturally heated pool at Ahalanui Park near Pahoa is one of our favorite Puna beaches on the Big Island’s southeast coast.

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Kekaha Kai State Park - Beautiful Beaches and Rugged Coastal Trails

Kekaha Kai State Park is a wonderfully wild and scenic stretch of coastline, with pristine Hawaii beaches connected by remote stretches of the Ala Kahakai Trail.

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Scenic Mahai'ula Beach and Kekaha Kai State Park

Mellow and secluded, Mahai'ula Beach has a long crescent of sand in a beautiful bay that offers decent swimming, at the southern end of Kekaha Kai State Park.

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Teen tours, camps and travel-study programs

We are excited to be welcoming a group of students from Port Townsend High School in Washington to the Big Island on March 26, 2014. This 10-day experiential education program is part of the culminating senior project for one of the students. During their brief visit we will study the vast ecosystems and remarkable diversity of the Big Island, explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, swim/snorkel with dolphins in the open ocean, travel to the top of Mauna Kea and much more!

We offer personalized tours, camps and retreats throughout the year, including Diving Camp that includes PADI open water scuba certification, marine sciences and land-based adventures, and even meditation retreats for adults.

We will custom make a program to suit your particular interests, and we'll make it affordable! Come explore the Big Island with us. Use our Contact form if you, or a teen you know, might be interested! Aloha.

Saying Goodbye

After fascinating visitors to the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens near Hilo for more than 15 years, our beloved Namaste died on January 16, 2014. Please click on the link for the full story. For those who did not have a chance to meet Namaste, rest assured there are still plenty of wonderful animals, exotic birds and tropical plants to enjoy at the Pana'ewa zoo.

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Swim with dolphins in Hawaii - Big Island Guide

To swim with dolphins in Hawaii just might be the ultimate highlight of your Big Island vacation. We'll tell you where to go to have the best chance of spotting and swimming with dolphins.

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Hawaii State Flower - Ma'ohauhele - The Yellow Hawaiian Hibiscus

Yellow Hawaiian hibiscus, the Hawaii State Flower, grows on all the main islands of Hawaii

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Imiloa Astronomy Center - Blending Astronomy with Hawaii Culture

Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo combines Hawaii culture and astronomy, paying tribute to the study of space and navigation by ancient Hawaiian explorers.

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Flights to Hawaii - Getting to the Big Island

No less than 9 airlines offer flights to Hawaii Island. Plan ahead and make use of our handy travel guide, including airline choices and best times to fly.

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National Parks in Hawaii and National Historic Sites

The Big Island is home to five of the seven National Parks in Hawaii, including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail.

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Puukohola Heiau National Historic Park

Puukohola Heiau is one of the best preserved ancient temples in Hawaii, a fascinating historical remnant of the reign of Kamehameha the Great.

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Hawaii Big Island Travel Guide - Share Stories of Your Big Island Vacations

This Hawaii Big Island Travel Guide lets visitors share their own experiences and favorite Big Island vacation memories.

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Mauna Kea Volcano - Tallest Mountain In The World

The view atop Mauna Kea volcano is out of this world as it towers nearly three miles above the coast. The summit serves as staging area for the largest astronomical observatory in the world.

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Manini Beach Park

Secluded and scenic, Manini Beach Park provides a relaxing alternative for those wishing to enjoy Kealakekua Bay in a more private setting, away from the crowds.

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Picturesque and Historic Honaunau Bay

The beaches of Honaunau Bay hold the secrets of an ancient Hawaiian civilization at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau, while the undersea world offers some of the most rewarding diving and snorkeling in Hawaii.

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Lapakahi State Park

Discover Lapakahi State Park, a historic fishing village that is one of the most well preserved settlements of ancient Hawaii.

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Hawaii State Parks On The Big Island

There are 14 Hawaii State Parks, State Monuments and State Recreation Areas on the Big Island. Explore them all!

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Honomalino Bay

Honomalino Bay is home to one of the larger south Kona beaches. The beautiful white and black sand beach is an easy hike with plenty of reward for your efforts.

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Hawaii Island Cruise

Book a Hawaii Island cruise and discover a fascinating and entirely unique way to experience the Big Island.

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Big Island Hawaii Tours and Activities

Our Big Island Hawaii tours offer everything from ocean adventures to land excursions to airplane and helicopter tours. Come explore with us!

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Discover Picturesque Anaeho'omalu Beach

Scenic and serene, Anaeho'omalu Beach is a delightful place to explore or simply relax in the shade of a coconut palm.

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Honokohau Beach and Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Honokohau Beach is one of many fascinating areas to explore in Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park on the Big Island.

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The Ala Kahakai Trail on Hawaii’s Big Island

Following in the footsteps of ancient Hawaiians, the Ala Kahakai Trail traverses some of the most pristine coastline in Hawaii.

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Hawaii Climate, Big Island Weather and Tides Chart

With 10 climatic zones on the Big Island, the Hawaii climate is uniquely diverse, including tropical rainforest, arid beaches and even polar tundra.

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