Royal Court Investiture

Halemaumau Crater, Kilauea Volcano The Aloha Festivals Royal Court Investiture (Ka Ho'ola'a O Na Ali'i) is held the last Saturday in August each year at the Halema`uma`u Crater in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  Pele, the Hawaiian Fire Goddess, is said to reside in Halemaumau Crater at the summit of Kilauea, where this … [Read more...]

Question - Tsunami Damage to Kona

We received the following question by email: Hi.  Coming to Hawaii in July 2011.  Spending most time on Kauai.  Would like to come to Kona and hike and see volcano/lava.  Was there any damage from storms that would prevent us from doing that in Kona? ------------------------------- Answer: Most of Kona is back to normal following the … [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...]

Continental Airlines Flights from the Mainland Direct to Hilo

Back in the 1980's, when Hilo was making its move to become a major tourist destination in the Hawaiian Islands, There were several major airlines that flew direct from the US mainland to Hilo Airport.  In recent years smaller airlines such as ATA have done so on a non-regular basis.  After they went bankrupt, there was no longer air service to … [Read more...]

Reader Comment - Shark Sighting at Kukio Beach

Reader comment submitted via email: We drove all the way to Kukio beach but it was closed due to a Tiger shark sighting. Is there a web site to check for closures, etc? Thank you.  PS I would like to have gone in to see if we could have seen a triangle fin sticking out of the water. --Brad. -------------------- Reply: Brad, Sorry to hear about … [Read more...]

Running / Walking Events for November 2010

The Big Island of Hawaii - and especially Kona, is a popular vacation destination for the fitness-minded, the adventure racer, triathlete, and outdoors enthusiast.  The Big Island Running Company offers a wide assortment of running footwear, athletic clothing, and outdoors apparel and is conveniently located in the Coconut Grove Marketplace in … [Read more...]

October Events - Ironman Triathlon and Outrigger Canoe Race

Excerpt from Two of Hawaii’s most-enduring homegrown sports events happen this weekend: The Ironman World Triathlon Championship on Saturday, Oct. 9, and the Molokai Hoe Molokai-to-Oahu outrigger canoe race on Sunday, Oct. 10. If you’re on the right islands this weekend, you could watch at least one of them in-person. … [Read more...]

New Kilauea Lava Flow Ravages Kalapana

Late July 2010 has brought a re-invigorated lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The Pu'u O'o vent has brought shifting lava flows over the years - many have been inocuous ocean entry lava flows that culminate in orange oozing lava being doused by the Pacific Ocean along the rocky coast.  But recently, the lava flow … [Read more...]

Kilauea Volcano Lava Flows near Kalapana

Excerpts and Map from USGS Site: A fresh lava flow from the Pu’u ‘O’o eruption has advanced about a mile since early April 2010, and geologists believe if it continues on its current path, it will rejoin the older flow field on the coastal plain just west of the current viewing area near Kalapana (east of the Volanoes National Park). There … [Read more...]

'Project Compassion' to Support Full Life with a Fundraiser at the Kona Denny's on September 20th, 2009

Full Life to Receive 100% of Guest Servers’ Tips and 20% of Food and Drink Sales from 4 pm to 9 pm on Sunday, September 20West Hawaii residents and visitors will be able to support Full Life while enjoying a meal at the Kona Denny’s on Sunday, September 20th from 4 pm to 9 pm. Full Life will receive 20% of the food and beverage sales during … [Read more...]