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...]

Adventure: Hiking the Waipio Valley

Paddle Boarders Deep in the Waipio Valley

Waipio Valley: Hawaii’s Garden of Eden Waipio Valley, often called the Valley of the Kings, is easily among the most beautiful places in the world. It is considered the cradle of life for Hawaiians. Few sites on the planet combine its rich history with such lush vegetation and pristine beaches. It stands out on the Hamakua coast as a popular … [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...]

Rainbow Falls State Park, Hawaii

Virtual Tour: Take a Virtual Tour of Rainbow Falls The 80-foot Rainbow Falls is renowned for the rainbow formed from its mist many mornings.  Legends say that the cave beneath the waterfall was the home of Hina, mother of the demigod Maui.  The most dramatic time to view these falls is after a rain, this is when the greatest volume of water … [Read more...]

Mauna Kea

     Mauna Kea - The White Mountain The ancient Hawaiians named it Mauna kea, which means White Mountain for the snow that covered its barren slopes nearly 2,000 years ago.  The summit of Mauna Kea rises 13,796 feet above sea level.  At its summit, temperatures are frigid, but the view is magnificent!  The ancient … [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...]

Coconut Island, Hilo Hawaii

  Coconut Island is a small island park in Hilo Bay, located right next to the hotels along Banyan Drive.  A footbridge just opposite the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel connects the island to the main island.  Coconut Island is the perfect place for a picnic and a relaxing swim.  This grassy little isle is a fantastic spot for the kids.  They will … [Read more...]

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

    The splendid Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is located just 7 miles north of Hilo on the fertile Hamakua Coast. The Garden's trails wind through a variety of environments offering a diverse view of more than 2,000 different plant species, waterfalls, back-dropped against the … [Read more...]

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...]