Posts Categorized: Hawaii Sea Life

Top 10 Animal Adventures on the Big Island – By Sea

Humpback Whales

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 »

Hawaii’s Other Whales

Hawaii's Other Whales

Each December in Hawaii, the headline “The Whales are Here!” rapidly spreads across the internet, through blogs, onto the front pages of our newspapers, and into local talk story. The beginning of whale season eclipses the other spectacular events that occur around the same time, such as the first snows on the Big Island’s Mauna Read More »

The Humpbacks Have Arrived!

Humpback Whales

At Holualoa Inn in Hawaii we do have seasons. The shifts are subtle, but we know it is fall with the arrival of our winter guests, the humpback whales. We are happy to report the first sightings are in and it is official, the humpbacks are here! Over the next few months, locals and guests Read More »

Fishing Hawaiian Style

So you want to fish in Hawaii? Kona offers world class sport fishing and there are numerous charter boats to choose from, all operating out of Honokohau harbor. As you head out to sea, it’s worth recognizing the connection and the traditions locals have with fishing. For Hawaiians, fishing is a spiritual act, and the Read More »

Whale Watching Season is Here!

Welcome to Hawaii’s Big Island and the winter home of the humpback whale. Our frisky friends have arrived after a grueling 3,000 mile journey from their summer homes in the Pacific Northwest, ranging anywhere from California to the Bering Sea. Hawaii, however, is the only state in the US where the humpbacks convene to mate, Read More »

The Hawaiian Honu – Symbol of Wisdom and Good Luck

When snorkeling at Kua Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii, or hiking the coastal trails at Kaloko–Honokohao National Historical Park north of Kona, you will likely be graced by the presence of the Hawaiian Honu, or Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas). When hypnotized by their sleepy doe-eyes, take note.  You are looking back 150 million Read More »

Whale Encounters in Kona, Hawaii

It’s whale season in Hawai‘i, that time of year when the humpbacks migrate from Alaska to our warm waters to breed and give birth. Incredible whale sightings are happening all up and down the Big Island’s leeward coast — from Kealakekua Bay in South Kona, along the coast of Kailua-Kona, up the Kohala Coast, off Read More »

Hawaiian Monk Seal

Visitors at Pu‘uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park are experiencing a rare treat this week with the arrival of a wild Hawaiian monk seal that has been swimming in the bay and sleeping on the sandy beach fronting the Royal Canoe Landing. The only species of seal that is native to Hawai‘i, the Hawaiian monk Read More »