Category Archives: lava

Exploring Ka‘ū (Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach and Naʻālehu)

My sister asked me if I ever stayed home these days; I’ve been indulging my passion for travel, right here on the Big Island. These staycations have made me appreciate, once again, the wonder of living in Paradise. Last weekend, … Continue reading

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Big Island’s One-Stop Beach – Anaeho‘omalu Bay

If you’re visiting the Big Island and have time for only one beach, I recommend Anaeho‘omalu Bay, also called A-Bay for the Hawaiian-language challenged. It’s the one place where you can swim in a calm bay, learn to snorkel or … Continue reading

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Rafting is the wrong word – Captain Zodiac adventure

Last month Stacy treated me to a Captain Zodiac Rafting, Dolphin and Snorkel Adventure. It was a very generous ‘thank you’ for feeding her cats and bringing in her mail for a few days while she was gone. Our destination … Continue reading

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Beachcombing with Dr. Beachcomb

This summer I’ll be away from the Big Island for almost two months, so I decided to spend some time at my favorite beaches. Everything looks different because we had so much surf and storm damage in late winter. The … Continue reading

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Lava lake rising

Yesterday I was out the door at 2 am, going to Volcanoes National Park with Mitch and Dianne to see the latest activity in the Halema’uma’u Crater. The crater sits within the Kilauea Caldera here on the Big Island, and … Continue reading

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Guilty Pleasures – beach hiking in Puako and other winter fun

“What are you doing in April?” The voice on the other end of the phone was my sister in Wisconsin. “Nothing, why?” “I can’t stand it anymore. I have the weather report on my phone for all my friends. The … Continue reading

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Lava tube spelunking – who me?

Most people who visit Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island walk through Nāhuku Lava Tube. (It’s better known as Thurston Lava Tube, unfortunately named after one of the men who overthrew the Kingdom of Hawai‘i in 1893. I prefer … Continue reading

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