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Ironman is in Hawaii!

“Twas the night before Ironman, and all throughout Kona, the athletes are hopefully getting a good night’s sleep in preparation for a grueling day ahead.” That right, sports fans, it’s the countdown to the 2012 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, where the hardiest of body and soul vie to complete a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike …
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Wedding chairs and walkway in Hawaiian garden

Bird Watching in Hawai‘i

Birding enthusiasts will find plenty of unique destinations on the Big Island for observing rare native forest birds as well as other types of feathered friends including the Hawai‘i State bird, the Nene. I‘iwi Bird For serious birders, Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge is home to three species of endangered Hawaiian honeycreepers (akiapola‘au, akepa and …
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Paradise Wedding Reception Tables with Flowers in light pink and white

Ghost Tours on the Big Island

With Halloween just around the corner, ghost hunters of all ages won’t want to miss Kona Historical Society’s annual Christ Church Graveyard Tour. To be held Friday, October 26 at 6 p.m. in Kealakekua, the lantern-lit tour features a fun visit to several historical graves at the church, which is the oldest Anglican church in …
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Best Beaches in Kona

The Big Island may not have as many white sand beaches as O‘ahu, but you if you know where to go, you can find some of the most pristine beaches in the entire state right here on the leeward side of Hawai‘i Island. Makalawena Beach One of the most breathtaking beaches in Kona, Makalawena is …
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Where to Eat Authentic Local Food in Kona

For a true taste of local color, visitors can experience authentically local dining destinations at several great places in Kona, some of which are actually historic venues. From homemade Hawaiian laulau and a side of lomi salmon, to a plate of sizzling pork chops sauteed in the same pan grandmother used, the menu offerings at …
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Kona

It’s the hottest new water sport in America, and the best place to do it is right here in Hawai‘i. Stand-up paddlers appreciate the calm, clear waters of Kona, where there is plenty of opportunity to view marine life from above while exploring the bays and beaches of the Kona coast. If you are a …
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Free Things to Do in Kona

Whether attending a Polynesian luau, riding a helicopter to the Volcano or booking a snorkel cruise,  activities during a typical Hawai‘i vacation can really add up. Fortunately, if you plan ahead, you can find plenty of things to do in Kona that are free, or almost free. Instead of paying for a night dive out …
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National Parks of Hawai‘i Island

If you’re planning a vacation to Hawai‘i’s Big Island, make sure the beautiful National Parks are part of your itinerary. There are four national parks on the island, and each one is unique. Home of the fire goddess Pele, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is a must-see destination on the southeast side of the island. Encompassing …
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