Big Island Travel Blog

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 »

Top 10 Animal Adventures on the Big Island – By Sea

Orca

The Big Island of Hawaii is home to eleven of the world’s thirteen climate zone types. In the span of a mere ninety miles, a visitor could drive from a barren lava desert, up and over a sub alpine plateau, and back down into a lush tropical rainforest. This climatic diversity creates numerous habitats for Read More »

Elope to the Big Island!

The Big Island of Hawai’i is an idyllic location for those who would prefer to forego the pressure, expense, and occasional family drama of planning a traditional wedding in favor of an intimate ceremony with a few close friends or relatives in a tropical paradise. To those who still believe an elopement entails a trip Read More »

Holualoa Inn Reviews

Holualoa Inn

As a recipient of Fodor’s 2014 Hotel Award, BedandBreakfast.com’s Top 10 Luxurious B&B’s, and recurring Certificate of Excellence winner on TripAdvisor, we know we’re doing something right. We have even received recognition from Men’s Health, SFGate, Sunset, USA Today, National Geographic, Frommer’s, Lonely Planet, Huff Post, Trivago,  Wedding Wire, Culture Trip, and many more. But it Read More »