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Argiope Appensa, known in Hawaii as the Hawaiian Garden Spider, is easily identified by its black/yellow stripes and pentagon-shaped body. This non-poisonous arachnid spins an ornate web, then sits head down in the center waiting for prey to become tangled in the fine silk. Females can reach a body length up to 7cm. and are much more colorful than their drab male counterparts. Click on the image for a larger view.
The manta ray night snorkel is one of the top attractions on the Big Island. Swim with one of the ocean's largest and most graceful fish.
Yes, the sand really is GREEN! If you walk the 2.5 miles to Papakolea Green Sand Beach, stay close to the shoreline. Pockets of shimmering green olivine crystals are often hidden among the rocks near the tide line. Olivine is a green mineral that is deposited during certain volcanic eruptions.
A Hawaii helicopter tour is a thrilling way to see the best sights on the Big Island, with many spectacular vistas only visible from the air.
Enjoy a beautiful drive along the Hamakua coast! The Hamakua Heritage Corridor is a 50 mile (80km) scenic drive beginning in Hilo, ending at the Waipi'o Valley overlook. Enjoy this memorable tour along sea cliffs with rainforest waterfalls and colorful byways. Of course, all roads on the Big Island lead to new adventures. We'll help you find what you're looking for.
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.