Category Archives: places worth seeing on Big Island

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)

My friend Stacy invited me to join her and two friends on a long weekend to Puna, a Hawai‘i district that has a reputation for life on the wild side. I was reminded of that when we stopped for lunch … 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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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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The great equalizer – the ocean at Anaeho‘omalu Bay

When I think about the ocean, I think of the need to respect its power. In Hawai‘i, large waves toss people about, especially unsuspecting tourists and local kids with bravado. We hear news stories of shore walkers getting pulled into … Continue reading

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