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Hawaii Sober Travel Adventures

Adventurers seeking a sober travel experience will appreciate the peace, serenity, extraordinary beauty and healing power of the Big Island.

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Hawaii Island Volcanoes and the Hawaiian Eruption

Hawaii Island volcanoes are shield volcanoes. Known as a Hawaiian eruption, magma from the Hawaii hotspot penetrates the Pacific Plate.

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Things To Do In Kona - Activities and Adventures

So many things to do in Kona! Explore Kona beaches, historical sites, Atlantis submarine, Hawaii jet ski, great farmers market and Kona restaurants.

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Things To Do In Hilo - Exploring And Sightseeing

Fun things to do in Hilo include the Hilo zoo, Wailoa State Park, farmers markets, spectacular Hawaii waterfalls, and easy access to Kilauea Volcano.

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Hawaii State Bird: Nene

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

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Ahalanui Park - Hawaii Big Island Beaches

Ahalanui Park near Pahoa is a naturally heated pool and one of the best family beaches on the east side of the Big Island.

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Kekaha Kai State Park – Hawaii Big Island Beaches

Kekaha Kai State Park connects three Hawaii Big Island beaches with one of the great Big Island hikes along the Ala Kahakai Trail.

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Scenic Mahai'ula Beach in Kekaha Kai State Park

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 on the Big Island

To swim with dolphins in Hawaii in their natural ocean habitat is the ultimate highlight for many visitors to the Big Island.

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Hawaii State Flower - Yellow Hawaiian Hibiscus

The Hawaii State Flower, Ma'o Hau Hele or yellow Hawaiian hibiscus, grows on all the main islands of Hawaii.

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'Imiloa Astronomy Center – Things to do in Hilo

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo combines Hawaii culture and astronomy, paying tribute to ancient Hawaiian explorers.

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Best Flights to Hawaii - Getting to the Big Island

Flights to Hawaii - 7 airlines have direct flights to the Big Island from North America. 4 airlines fly to the Big Island from neighboring islands.

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National Parks in Hawaii and Historic Sites

Five of the 8 National Parks in Hawaii are on the Big Island, including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail.

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Puukohola Heiau - Hawaii National Parks

Puukohola Heiau is a well preserved ancient Hawaiian temple and a fascinating historical remnant of the reign of Kamehameha the Great.

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Hawaii Big Island Travel Guide - Share Your Stories

Our 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

Mauna Kea Volcano is a dormant volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island. Nearly five miles above the ocean floor, Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain on earth.

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Manini Beach Park at Kealakekua Bay

Manini Beach Park provides a secluded and scenic alternative for those wishing to enjoy Kealakekua Bay away from the crowds.

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Honaunau Bay - Snorkeling Big Island

Honaunau Bay holds the secrets of an ancient Hawaiian civilization at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau, and some of the best Hawaii snorkeling and scuba diving.

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Lapakahi State Park - Exploring Hawaii History

Lapakahi State Park is 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

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

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Honomalino Bay

Honomalino Bay is one of the larger south Kona beaches with a beautiful white and black sands beach. The quiet, scenic hike offers plenty of reward.

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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

Big Island Hawaii tours. Hawaii volcano tours, Hawaii adventure tours, Hawaii helicopter tours, ocean adventures and more Hawaii Big Island tours.

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