Foraging Guava on The Big Island in Hawaii

foraging fruit in hawaii

The Big Island is rife with opportunity and attractions peering around every corner. So much so that it is easy to miss a lot of the excitement that stares you in the face on your entire visit. Though foraging is more practical the whole world round than most think, it is extremely popular in Hawaii. Many people that wish to live off the land … [Read more...]

Big Island Beach Guide


  Don't believe it if anyone tells you the Big Island lacks beaches. It actually has 80 or more, and new ones appear -- and disappear -- regularly. In 1989 a new black-sand beach, Kamoamoa, formed when molten lava shattered as it hit cold ocean waters. Kamoamoa was the largest of the black-sand beaches, Kua Bay white sand beachmore than … [Read more...]

Kona, Hawaii

Sunset at Anaehoomalu Bay, Kohala Coast

  The Big Island of Hawaii is divided in half by three volcanoes, Hualalai, Mauna Kea, and Mauna Loa. To the east is the Hilo side which is the windward side of the island, and to the west is the Kona side which is the leeward side of the island. Kona is famous for sportfishing, snorkeling, sunsets and coffee. It means “leeward” in … [Read more...]

Planning your Big Island Trip


There are a lot of things to think about when planning your next trip to the Big Island of Hawaii.  When to Visit and How Long to Stay are frequent questions asked by visitors.  The Island of Hawaii is a larger area than all the other Hawaiian Islands combined - and the climate, regions, and activities are incredibly diverse.  You can visit a … [Read more...]

Kilauea Iki Trail

In the crater, Kilauea Iki

View from top of crater rim, start of trail Ferns in the rain forest Steam rising from the hot lava View, midway to the bottom of the crater Bottom view, prior to crossing the crater View of trail cutting across crater (see the small people) Difficulty: Moderate to challenging Distance and hiking time: 4 mile loop, 2 to … [Read more...]

Things To Do on the Big Island


 View Larger Map The Big Island is Unique Hawaii is rich in culture and history for those who like to delve into the depths of the past. As the 50th state, Hawaii's population is composed of 60 ethnic groups, making it the most ethnically diverse state in the union. Polynesian culture prevails throughout ourstate, but every island has its … [Read more...]

Hawaii Snorkeling Guide - Kona

Snorkeling with Turtle in Kona, Hawaii

Some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world happens off the coasts of the Hawaiian archipelago. Whether you are a veteran or are taking the plunge for the first time there are a lot of things to know about the where, when and how of enjoying your time under the sea.  The visibility underwater is usually 80-feet or better in the Kona waters … [Read more...]

Renting a 4-Wheel Drive SUV

When choosing your Big Island rental car, we strongly recommend considering a four wheel drive sports utility vehicle.  Although not the absolute cheapest rental car available, it does provide you the most flexible means of transportation on the Big Island.  Not only is this the biggest island in the Hawaiian chain, there are also many areas … [Read more...]

Top 5 Attractions (You Might Miss)

The climate, terrain, and plant life are as diverse on the Big Island as its attractions. You will likely not be able to see all that this island offers, especially if you are only visiting for a few days. You can browse our comprehensive list of attractions on our Big Island Things to Do page with interactive map that shows you geographically … [Read more...]

Heiau - Hawaiian Temples

Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site Heiau (Ancient Hawaiian temples) were places of worship that were central to Hawaiian religious beliefs. From the heiau, the kahuna (priest) communicated with the gods and advised the ali'i (chief). Pu'ukohola Heiau was constructed for ceremonies related to war. Many heiau once existed throughout the … [Read more...]