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Stories and Tips Kona

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Breakfast Disappointments!

Written by MilwVon on 17 Sep, 2009

If you have read my other Kona, Hawaii journals you may have seen my reviews of Lava Java (Alii Drive in Kauila-Kona) and the Aloha Angel Cafe (Hwy11 south of Kona in Kainaliu). These two places have been mainstays on our dining list when…Read More

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Written by konaorbust on 24 Jan, 2007

We had the best experience without breaking the bank! You'll need a rental car but I would suggest a rental car for anyone going to the Big Island. Pick up a Kayak (there's lots of places to get one, we found great prices and service…Read More

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The scoop on the Big Island

Written by divegirl78 on 18 May, 2005

So, 2 months in Hawaii--what’s a girl to do? Well, Hawaii has it all. Great beaches off the beaten track, active volcanoes, waterfalls, great diving, surfing, and just in case you get tired of the sunshine, there’s a snow-capped mountain to explore (but…Read More

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Doing Coffee Kona-Style

Written by MilwVon on 24 Dec, 2005

Since we had to be checked out of our timeshare resort by 10am and our flight off the island wasn't until 6pm, we had a lot of time to kill but didn't want to get sandy or scuzzy on the beach. What a perfect day…Read More

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Waterfalls & Lava Tubes

Written by Malahini on 19 Jul, 2002

Solid rock! Hard and inhospitable! One would think so - about islands formed entirely of lava, welling up and flowing in layers to the ocean, across the ages. But, surprise: There's lots of water, spurting from high cliffs and flowing from hidden springs - some…Read More

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Hibiscus—The State Flower of Hawaii

Written by MilwVon on 24 Feb, 2007

You cannot go anywhere in Hawaii, and especially on the Big Island, without seeing these beautiful flowers. They come in many colors and varieties—over 200—and on both shrubs and trees. Attached to this review are several that we saw during our travels around the Big…Read More

Flying to Hawaii

Written by MilwVon on 25 Dec, 2005

You know, nobody ever really writes about the airline flight from the mainland to Hawaii, so I thought I would be the first! We flew from Des Moines to Honolulu, where we spent our first week of vacation. Then we flew from there via Hawaiian…Read More

November 8, 2002

Written by bgarver on 10 Jun, 2003

We originally planned to take a morning flight to Maui on this day, but when we tried to get tickets earlier in the week, we couldn’t. It was a three-day weekend (Veteran’s Day), and apparently everyone on the Big Island was going to Maui. So,…Read More

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November 6, 2002

Written by bgarver on 10 Jun, 2003

We christened this day Waterfalls Day. We drove to Hilo, on the other side of the island, stopping first at the Laupahoehoe (pronounced low (like cow) pa HOY hoy) Beach Park. This place had been hit hard by the 1946 tsunami, wiping out a school,…Read More

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November 5, 2002 - Election Day

Written by bgarver on 10 Jun, 2003

In Hawaii, the state’s first female governor was elected. Also in Hawaii, Lori and I began our version of Kamehameha Day. After first stopping at the airport and discovering we couldn’t get an early morning flight to Maui on Friday for our planned little…Read More

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