Swimming with Dolphins in Kona

Spinner dolphins in the wild They’re one of the most dramatic and exciting sights in Hawaiian waters. Pods of spinner dolphins amaze visitors with incredible aerial displays, spinning and leaping out of the water several times in succession before slapping their bodies on the water’s surface.  Underwater, they are equally playful and majestic, emitting a …
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A Driving Tour of Kona Heritage Corridor

Old Mamalohoa Highway winds its way through upcountry Kona and beyond, revealing a plethora of historic sights along the way. A 10-mile stretch of this scenic highway comprises the Kona Heritage Corridor, which passes through the village of Holualoa, home of Holualoa Inn. History is evident along this route, whether dry-stack stone walls, roadside general …
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Fourth of July on the Big Island

With Fourth of July just around the corner, fun and festivities are starting to brew on the Big Island. While many folks head to the beach or a barbecue, plenty of local-style community events offer a good time for the entire family: Green Sea Turtle Turtle Independence Day takes place at the Mauna Lani Bay …
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Holualoa’s Lauhala Weaving History

Lauhala hat Holualoa is known for its art galleries, estate-grown coffee and, of course, the Holualoa Inn. But did you know that Holualoa has been a hub for lauhala weaving for generations? Indeed, some of the state’s finest lauhala weavers come from Holualoa, including the legendary Aunty Elizabeth Maluihi Lee. Named a Living Treasure by …
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Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau Cultural Festival, 2011

As the famous song goes, everybody loves a hukilau. But how many of you have actually seen a real hukilau in person? This year’s festival marks the park’s 50th anniversary. Visitors to Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park will have the opportunity to witness the ways and lifestyles of Old Hawai‘i, when the park presents …
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King Kamehameha Day Parade, Saturday, June 11

This coming Saturday on June 11, a floral parade honoring Hawaii’s first monarch will take place on Ali‘i Drive in Kailua-Kona beginning at 9 a.m. With more than 100 riders on horseback, the parade will showcase pa‘u equestrian units, marching bands, private mounted units, hula halau, floats, a horse-drawn carriage and more. Beginning at the …
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Fun Hikes in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a must-see destination for visitors of the Big Island. The best way to experience the park is to get out of your car and take a short hike. One of the easiest hikes in the park is also one of the most fascinating. Located just past Volcano Art Center, the …
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The Hawaiian Tradition of Pa‘u Riding

Pa‘u princess, Island of Lana‘i. As Kamehameha Day approaches on June 11, equestrians throughout the Hawaiian Islands are preparing for floral parades in honor of the great monarch, King Kamehameha I. Adorned in the colors and flora of the islands, the regal pa‘u riders are the highlight of every parade. Led by a princess outfitted …
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