Hawaii (Big Island) Journals

Black Magic: Living Large on Hawaii's Big Island

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A September 2004 trip to Hawaii (Big Island) by smmmarti guide

Leaving Oahu Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Hawaii’s Big Island, the most historic, explosive, hefty, exotic, lava-laden, rugged, mysterious island in the state, caught me in the grip of its powerful mana. Kilauea expands the island with continuous lava flows, Mauna Loa rumbles in the background threatening, but harmony and serenity are the island's true driving forces.

Black Magic: Living Large on Hawaii's Big Island

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Overview

Leaving Oahu Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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When describing the Big Island, three words come to mind. Lava, lava, lava. As we drove up the Kohala Coast from the airport the landscape looked like Hell to me -- you know, as in the mythical afterlife for those serving long sentences. Black, dark, sharp, treacherous and uninviting, I wondered at first what people saw in this bleak landscape. However, the next day I drove the same route and had a startling change of perspective. Following an afternoon shower the light switched within minutes from the blinding flash of sun on molten rock to brushing subtle colorful shadows across the mountains. Behind it all was a sky so ...Read More

Four Seasons Hualalai

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Hotel

Four Seasons Hualalai Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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Since its inception, the Four Seasons Hualalai has been voted as the best resort hotel in the Pacific. The unremitting accolades had grown far too tempting for us to ignore any longer. It happened to be my birthday as we eagerly approached the object of our desire from the Kohola Coast highway. The only thing that hinted at the wonderland nearby was the lone windswept tree adjacent a sign plunked in the lava field. Hualalai Following the lane from highway to ocean we watched the earth undergo its ultimate make-over, from barren lava to lush tropical enclave. "What was here before the resort?" I asked the knowledgeable bellman offering us a property tou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 22, 2004

Four Seasons Hualalai
Kona
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii

Big Island Steak House

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Restaurant

Big Island Steak House Photo, Waikoloa, Hawaii
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Maybe it was the vision I’d seen earlier in the art gallery of the paniolos (cowboys) riding the upcountry Parker Ranch, the largest working cattle ranch in the country. Perhaps it was simply the fetching storefront in the King’s Shops mall in Waikoloa that drew me in. Or, it could be I was just plain hungry for a darn good steak. Whatever the reason, once I’d gotten the Big Island Cattle Company in my sights, I couldn’t let it go. My husband made a vain attempt to distract me with view-rich restaurants at the Hilton Wailoloa Village next door, the mega-resort with a staggering Asian art collection where guests swim with the dolphins and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2004

Big Island Steak House
250 Waikoloa Beach Drive # C-1
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii 96738

Four Seasons Resort Hawaii

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Restaurant | "Pahu i`a at The Four Seasons"

Four Seasons Resort Hawaii Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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That old black magic has me in its spell…- Harold Arlen I’d already indulged in that memorable late lunch in harmony with my heart’s desire, swam in the oceanfront pool, cat-napped after a soothing massage -- but my birthday wasn’t over yet. "I’m not sure how much more of this I can take." "I’ve seen you in action. You’re just getting warmed up," Sweetie chided. "Well, all right. Since I’ve come this far I suppose I can hang in there for another few hours." We strolled the winding paths through the resort...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 22, 2004

Four Seasons Resort Hawaii
100 Kaupulehu Drive
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii 96740
(808) 325-8000

Surf, Sand and Fun at the Hualalai

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Attraction

Surf, Sand and Fun at the Hualalai Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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Remember when you were a kid and warm weather meant staying outside all day and night? Remember huge family feasts -- tables laden with all manner of delicious, tempting food and no one saying "you've had enough?" Remember those rare vacation times when you were allowed to have it all, stay up late, splash in the water after the sunset, eat three desserts and drink as many sodas? Whether these are part of your cherished memories or you'd like to start now making up for some you never had, you can relieve/recreate them with a visit to the Hualalai's Saturday night Surf, Sand and Fun feast. Enormous tables of exquisite food, you, barefoot in the sand, tiki torches blazing, Hawa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 22, 2004

Surf, Sand and Fun at the Hualalai
Hualalai Resort
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii

Hualalai's baby shark Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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Imagine the former Sandwich Islands ruled as separate entities. Imagine, for instance, that Maui is ruled by Britain, Kauai by Russia, and Oahu by Japan (which is often cited as true in popular jest), leaving the Big Island the sole U.S. possession. Imagine a different language spoken on each island where the local Hawaiian culture was diluted and folded into that of its ruling motherland. It's not difficult to imagine the challenges that could result in this scenario. From controlling fishing lanes to determining laws for environmental protection, from establishing passport control booths on inter-island flights to arguments over whale-watching boundaries, all manner of trouble may ensue. Wo...Read More