Akaka Falls State Park, Hawaii

Hiking to Akaka Falls

Activities: nature hike Attractions: waterfalls, scenic drive Extras: parking lot, bathrooms Bring your camera when you visit Akaka and Kahuna Falls, two impressive Hawaiian waterfalls.  Akaka Falls State Park is just a short 20 minute drive north of Hilo, which takes you through the Big Island's old sugar-cane fields.  The road … [Read more...]

Queen Liliuokalani Gardens

Queen Liliuokalani Gardens is located next to Coconut Island off of Banyan Drive in the town of Hilo. This authentic Japanese garden was built in the early 1900's as a memorial to the immigrant Japanese workers who developed worked on local Pagoda at Queen Liliuokalani Gardenssugar plantations. It is named in honor of Hawaii's last reigning … [Read more...]

Hilo Farmer’s Market

Stroll through the Hilo Farmer's Market in downtown Hilo. This bazaar is held twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Hilo Farmer's MarketHere you will find fresh produce, fragrant flowers, colorful orchids, and local crafts. This is a great place to hunt for bargains on Hawaiian merchandise, including tourist t-shirts, and hawaiian aloha … [Read more...]

Kapoho Tide Pools

Kapoho Tide Pools, Big Island Hawaii

Attractions: tidal pools Activities: swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, picnic In Kapoho, small tide pools dot the entire coastline. These pools are filled to the brim with sea creatures, making them an excellent place for exploration. The Kapoho tide pools boast many different types of fish and a multicolored coral bed. In Kapoho you will … [Read more...]

Hawaii Snorkeling Guide - Hilo

  Some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world happens off the coasts of the Hawaiian archipelago. The waters are crystal-clear, with visibility as much as 80-feet!  The Big Island of Hawaii, being the southern-most Hawaiian Island, has the most vibrant coral reefs and because of its large size, you will rarely find a crowd while … [Read more...]

Hilo, Hawaii

Hilo flows down the lower slopes of Mauna Kea. The town straddles a tranquil river with waterfalls and lush vegetation. Historic Downtown Hilo is alive and bustling. More laid back from the hustle of more touristy Hawaii, one can find great bargains in this quaint town. Its diverse shopping opportunities, small scale, and friendliness makes Hilo an … [Read more...]

Question - How to Reserve Camp Site at Spencer Beach

We received this question via email: Hello, I`m looking for an email address from Spencer Beach Park to make a reservation for the campground. May you help me for this request? Thank you, wishes from Aniketa ----------------------------------------------- Answer: Aniketa, the best thing to do if you are interested in reserving a camp ground … [Read more...]

Question - Side Trip to Kauai?

We received this follow-up question by email: Would a "side trip" to Kauai for 3 days be worth it or would you suggest we went there for a longer stay the next time we come through? --Max. --------------- Answer: It really depends on how long you plan to spend on the Big Island.  I recently had a friend spend time both on Kauai and the Big … [Read more...]

Big Island Tsunami Damage - Update 3/15/2011

The Big Island was hit by a tsunami on Friday, 3/11/2011, triggered by the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.  As of  3/15/2011, many parts of the Kohala, Kona, and South Kona coasts are still damaged.  Most major roads have been re-opened.  “We did see effects islandwide, but fortunately Puna, Hilo, … [Read more...]

Plan your Hawaii Vacation Online

There are many resources online that can help you book your tickets, find bargain accommodations, and plan all of your activities.  Most people nowadays will use online airline travel reservation websites to search for cheap airfare.  For a destination like Hawaii, what time of year you plan on visiting can impact the airline ticket price by as … [Read more...]