Posts Categorized: Hawaii History

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 »

Kona Coffee Talk Story

Big Island Winter Stargazing

It’s coffee harvest on Hawaii’s Big Island and the trees at Holualoa Inn are overflowing with cherries!  On a windless day, we can hear the happy chatter of pickers out in the orchards and the tink-tinking sound of beans landing in buckets. With the recent rains from Hurricanes Iselle and Ana, the 2014 crop promises Read More »

Dr. Thomas Jaggar – A Volcanic Hero in Hawaii

Dr. Thomas Jaggar and wife, Isabel Maydwell – 1917 He did not wear a cape and cannot compare with the legendary Pele, but the work of Volcanologist, Thomas Jaggar, lives on in humble heroic fashion at Kilauea. Visitors to Volcano are often unaware that Jaggar was the driving force in establishing the Hawaii Volcano Observatory Read More »

Vacationing in Hawaii – Past and Present

Planning a getaway to Hawaii? We take for granted how fast travel to Hawaii is in the 21st Century. Imagine an 8 to 12 day passage across the Pacific just to reach your destination. Such as it was in 1866 for Mark Twain when he boarded the steamship Ajax in San Francisco, bound for Honolulu. Read More »

Kamehameha the Great – Kona-Kohala Coast

Among the postcard perfect beaches and active volcanoes, the Big Island of Hawaii has numerous ancient archeological sites that are evidence of a thriving and structured ancient civilization. The Kona-Kohala has been the land of Kamehameha for hundreds of years. After the death of Chief Kalaniopuu, Kamehameha rose to power along the Kona –Kohala Coast Read More »

Walking Tour of Historic Kailua Village

Hulihe‘e Palace The essence of Kona can be found in its historic downtown village along the shores of Ali‘i Drive. Visitors to the Big Island will surely want to spend some time exploring the many landmarks, shops and sights of this relaxing, seaside destination. The town’s most historically significant site,  Ahu‘ena Heiau at Kamakahonu, is Read More »

Discovering Kona History

History abounds in Kona, whether its rich ranching heritage, multi-ethnic cultural lineage, agricultural significance or coffee farming legacy. The best place to learn about Kona’s fascinating past is to make a visit to the Kona Historical Society. Located in Kealakekua just a 15-minute drive from Holualoa, Kona Historical Society offers two living history programs: H.N. Read More »

U.S. Mint to Unveil Commemorative Kilauea Volcano Quarter

New money will be rolling into Hawai‘i in the form of a newly minted U.S. quarter that commemorates Kilauea Volcano. The next installment of the United State Mint’s “America the Beautiful Quarters Program,” the coin showcases an engraved depiction of an eruption of Kilauea Volcano. Designed by sculptor-engraver Charles L. Vickers, the Hawai‘i Volcanoes quarter Read More »