Island-style Independence Day

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Happy Fourth of July! When it comes to Fourth of July festivities, there is no shortage of options here on the sunny Kohala Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. Free music and fireworks One of our favorite ways to celebrate is by staying at one of our vacation rentals in Waikoloa Beach Resort, which…

Enjoy the longest day of the year in paradise

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Happy summer solstice! Here in Waikoloa on the Big Island of Hawaii, the sun rose over the mountain at 5:43 a.m., and will set into the sea at 7:07 tonight, giving us a total of 13 hours, 23 minutes of sunshine in paradise on the longest day of the year. One day, many adventures… One…

Enjoying and protecting our oceans

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Spending time in the ocean is one of the top reasons visitors choose the Big Island of Hawaii as a vacation destination. And it’s easy to see why. Swimmers, snorkelers and scuba divers will find beautiful shorelines, warm, clear waters, and a wide array of brightly colored fish and marine life. Turtles, fish, eels and…

Time to Cowboy Up, Hawaiian Style!

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Discover the Myths and Legends of Hawaii

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Hawaii is rich with myths and legends, passed down by storytellers from generation to generation. From the flowers to the lava rocks, there is a story behind nearly everything here. The legend of Lehua and Ohia For example, do you know why you should never pluck the bright red lehua blossom from the ohia tree?…

Sweet reasons to plan a trip to Hawaii

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Anytime is a good time to visit Hawaii, but spring is especially sweet. For one, spring brings the annual Big Island Chocolate Festival, taking place each year here on the Kohala Coast, convenient to many of our vacation rentals. A good time for a good cause The festival schedule includes chocolate farm tours, a tequila…

Experience the flavors of Hawaii

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During your time in Hawaii, you are likely to see some unfamiliar things on menus and experience island flavors very different from what you find at home. Hawaii truly is a melting pot of different cultures, and one of the best ways to experience this diversity is through food. Start your day the Hawaiian way……

Our favorite picks for family fun on the Big Island of Hawaii

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The Big Island of Hawaii is a wonderful destination for a family vacation, with lots of family-friendly places and things to do. After the beach, here are some of our favorite activities for family fun! Go wild at Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo With free admission, beautiful landscaping, diverse animals and a cool playground, Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo…

Brews with a view – Explore the Big Island’s local craft breweries

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For craft beer lovers, spring is one of the best times of year on the Big Island. Each year in early March is the popular Kona Brewers Festival, taking place this year on Saturday, March 9. The festival is held outdoors, against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean in downtown Kailua-Kona, where you can sample…

The iconic sounds of the islands

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When it comes to the music of Hawaii, there is nothing as iconic as the beautiful, rhythmic sound of the ‘ukulele. Even if you are thousands of miles away, just a few chords can transport you back to the warmth of the islands. Annual Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival If you’re lucky enough to be on the…

Tee off in the tropics this winter: Golfing in Hawaii

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Here on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii Island, you can play golf 365 days a year on some of the most spectacular courses in the world. It’s why the Big Island is known as the “Golf Capital of Hawaii!” Courses for every budget and skill level From the beautiful yet affordable Waikoloa Village Golf Club,…

Make like a whale and migrate to Hawaii this winter

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Each winter, the magnificent humpback whales make their way from colder climates to enjoy the warm, tropical waters of Hawaii (just like many of our visitors!). Immense and incredibly playful Known as “na kohola” in Hawaiian, these immense creatures can grow to 60 feet long and can weigh up to 40 tons. They are incredibly…

Stargazing from the Mauna Kea Observatory

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Did you know that the Big Island of Hawaii is home to the tallest sea mountain in the world? Mauna Kea (which means “white mountain”) stands 13,796 feet above sea level and over 33,000 feet from the bottom of the ocean floor, making it the tallest sea mountain in the world. During the winter months,…

Snorkel and scuba away your stress in Hawaii!

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One of the wonderful things about living in and visiting Hawaii are the limitless opportunities to slow down and relax … and snorkeling and scuba diving are two of the most beautiful and peaceful activities you can experience on the Big Island of Hawaii. Snorkelers and divers love it here because the water is so…

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