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Whether it's white snow or white sand you prefer, you can take advantage of both on the Big Island, on the same day! And while I'm not going to vouch for the quality of the snow for skiing or boarding, I can promise you'll love the soft white sand at the beach. If you do decide to carry your boards up on Mauna Kea, use extreme caution. With the sharp a'a lava beneath the snow, one fall can ruin your day. Whatever form of recreation you choose, have fun out there!
Ocean entry! On Tuesday, July 26 at 1am, lava that has been flowing southeast of the Pu'u 'O'o vent on Kilauea crossed the emergency road southeast of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, pouring into the ocean and adding new land to the Big Island for the first time in nearly three years.
We enjoy hanging out at Magic Sands Beach (or Disappearing Sands if you prefer) pretty much any time of year, with or without snow! This is my favorite beach close to downtown Kailua-Kona, a good place to swim or just relax in the sand.
Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Volcano is the world’s largest active volcano, erupting on average once every 5-6 years. It is the most massive mountain on earth.
Join the delicious fun at the 2016 Big Island Chocolate Festival! This year's theme is “Lavalicious-A Chocolate Salute to the 100th Birthday of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park”. Headquartered at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, the festival runs from Friday, May 13 through Saturday, May 14 and includes a tour the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, cacao farm workshops, chocolate culinary demonstrations, live entertainment and more. It's sure to be a fun, tasty and entertaining weekend! Follow the link below for tickets and information.
The best Hilo beach parks run south along Kalanianaole Street in Hilo. These oceanfront parks are great for swimming, tidepooling, and picnics.
The Mauna Kea Observatory is ideally situated for the study of deep space, atop the tallest mountain in the world and miles from artificial light.
I love mornings, when everything is fresh and crisp and bright. And I love private beaches. Hard to find anymore! One sure way to virtually guarantee a private beach experience is to head out to one of my favorite secluded spots, Makalawena Beach, in the early morning. I mean early morning, when the day is just beginning. Not only is it cooler crossing the barren landscape of a'a lava, but if you start early enough, you may just enjoy the peace and quiet of one of the Big Island's top beaches all to yourself! Soft white sand, brilliant blue ocean, stunning views, warm sun, a cool breeze...perfect!
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay is the only resort hotel south of the Kohala Coast. Come experience the rich history of Keauhou Bay.
Experiential education is learning by doing. Come experience the extraordinary Big Island. Teen adventure tours, Hawaii summer camps, student travel.
The Hilo Farmers Market is one of the top markets in Hawaii, featuring fresh, local, organic fruits and vegetables, tropical flowers & local crafts.
Kaumana Caves is an extensive network of lava tubes near Hilo, the result of an 1880-81 eruption of Mauna Loa Volcano.
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Adventurers seeking a sober travel experience will appreciate the peace, serenity, extraordinary beauty and healing power of the Big Island.
Hawaii Island volcanoes are shield volcanoes. Known as a Hawaiian eruption, magma from the Hawaii hotspot penetrates the Pacific Plate.