Category Archives: places worth seeing on Big Island

Building a home in Hawaii, Part 2

My latest project is building a house on the lot I purchased in 2016. After I had the land cleared and grubbed, the next step was to decide what to put on it. My expectations were high, because readying the … Continue reading

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Parasailing in Paradise – UFO Parasailing in Kona

I so enjoyed having my daughters and nieces visiting me on the Big Island over the holidays. Actually, who am I kidding? They weren’t really visiting me as much as the island. There were only three of them here at … Continue reading

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No, Kilauea Volcano is NOT menacing me!

Dear friends and family, It’s wonderful that you are so concerned about my welfare during this latest volcano outbreak. But I’m on the Big Island. It’s called that for a reason – it’s big. As of May 26, about four … Continue reading

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Translating yoga into surfing

When I got back from Murano, the thing I most wanted to do was yoga with my nurturing teacher, Anita. It felt so good to be back, focusing on form, breathing, and the meditation that comes with Shavasana. Despite my … Continue reading

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Kayaking the Kohala Ditch

This month, Stacy and I kayaked the Kohala Ditch with Flumin’ Kohala. It was the six year anniversary of my move to the Big Island, and as my real estate agent, she was part of getting me here. I’m amazed … Continue reading

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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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We all take calculated risks (warm ponds in Puna)

June 4, 2018: I’m sorry to report that the Kilauea lava flow from 2018 flowed through the neighborhood discussed in this essay, burning homes in its path. My condolences to the homeowners in Kapoho. I cherish the memories from my … Continue reading

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The new standard is Mauna Kea Beach

You’d think after a bad experience at my (former) favorite beach two weeks ago, I’d be beached out for a while. (See the warning I added to Big Island’s One-Stop Beach – Anaeho‘omalu Bay.) Far from it. I just needed … 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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From stone tools to telephone in only a century – Hulihe‘e Palace

Hulihe’e Palace in Kailua is a beautifully restored historical site on the Big Island, the oldest of the three palaces of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i. It represents the story of the Native Hawaiians’ introduction to western ideals of architecture, their … Continue reading

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