Tips for Watching Ironman

Each year in October, Kona is transformed by the arrival of elite athletes from around the world. The prestigious Ford Ironman World Championship takes place this coming Saturday, October 8, providing the biggest forum for professional and amateur triathletes to compete on the world stage. If you are visiting Kona during Ironman, there are many …
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Manta Ray Gives Birth in Kona Waters

Big Bertha, as photographed by James L. Wing. Our friends at Fair Wind snorkel cruises just informed us that a female Manta Ray known to frequent the waters near Keauhou Bay has recently given birth. Affectionately named Big Bertha, the mother ray is one of the most recognizable among the Manta Rays that glide along …
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Hawai‘i Flag Day

Did you know that every year on July 31, the state of Hawai‘i celebrates Hawai‘i Flag Day, otherwise known as Ka Hae Hawai‘i? A day to contemplate the meaning and the history of the flag, Hawai‘i Flag Day came about in 1990, proclaimed by then-governor of the state of Hawai‘i, John D. Waihee III, in …
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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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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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May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii

Every year on May 1st, a statewide celebration takes place that’s quintessentially Hawaiian: May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii! Whether at work, school, strolling through town or going to the grocery store, everyone celebrates Lei Day by wearing a lei as a symbol of Aloha — as well as to honor the cherished custom …
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Earth Day Events on the Big Island

From the dryland forests of North Kona to the coral reefs of Kahalu‘u Bay, the Big Island presents one of the most diverse and ecologically fragile places on Earth. With so many native species fast becoming endangered here, or worse, disappearing forever, one could argue that every day should be Earth Day in Hawaii. This …
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