Big Island Travel Blog

Japan Airlines Resumes Daily Non-Stop Service to Kona!

Japan Airlines will be resuming daily non-stop service from Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT) to Kona Keahole International Airport (KOA) beginning September 15th, 2017. The new direct flight, approximately 8 1/2 hours, will depart from Narita at 9:25 p.m. and arrive in Kona at 10:15 a.m. the next day.  Imagine arriving at Holualoa Inn to a chilled Read More »

Off the Beaten Path on the Big Island of Hawaii… Farms & Sunsets

Sometimes you don’t need to travel far off the beaten path to find great activities on the Big Island. The Kona District on the Big Island of Hawai’i is home to some hidden gems that are just a stone’s throw from the Holualoa Inn. Whether you are just looking for a quick trip between sitting down to Read More »

Off the Beaten Path on the Big Island of Hawaii…Temples & Caves

One of the best things about the Big Island of Hawaii is that even though it is becoming an increasingly popular destination for visitors from around the world, it still has plenty of places to get away and opportunities for discovery and adventure. The island is rich in history, culture and natural beauty, but many Read More »

Tropical Hawaiian Christmas in Paradise

Holiday Table at Holualoa Inn

Mele Kalikimaka! Many of you may be familiar with the phrase from Bing Crosby’s famous 1950 recording of the Hawaiian-themed Christmas song; But Christmas has a long history in the islands and has always been a natural fit since it takes place during the Makahiki, the Hawaiians’ traditional season of peace, gathering, and thanksgiving. King Read More »

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival 2017

Red coffee cherries

All along the slopes around the Holualoa Inn, coffee trees are bowed by the weight of the green coffee “cherries” growing on their branches. Several weeks ago, the last of the gardenia-scented coffee blossoms dropped to the ground, blanketing the coffee-growing region in what is known as “Kona snow.” In several weeks’ time the first Read More »

Two Cultural Festivals Showcase Big Island Heritage

Everyone has, at the very least, a general familiarity with Hawaiian culture. The flower necklaces called leis, for example, are known worldwide and might bring to mind warm welcomes in a tropical paradise of swaying palms and Pacific sunshine. Hula dancing is also a well-known practice, one which many visitors are introduced to during the Read More »

Top 10 Animal Adventures on the Big Island – By Air

By the time we made it to part 3 of this series, we realized a Top 10 list would not be enough to encompass all of the amazing animal adventures on the Big Island. For all of you who have continued to follow this post over the past several weeks, we now present the finale Read More »

Top 10 Animal Adventures on the Big Island – By Land

As we mentioned last week, the Big Island of Hawai’i is home to eleven of the world’s thirteen climate zone types, creating a paradise both for the creatures that inhabit them and animal lovers from around the world who come to witness the Big Island’s natural wonders. This is the second part of our series, offering Read More »