Overview Hawaii (Big Island)

Visiting Hawaii (Big Island)

On the Big Island of Hawaii, nature is writ large. Skiers zip down the world’s tallest mountain. Hikers watch the most active volcano on earth (Kilauea) spew fireworks into the sky. Divers explore waters bursting with all manner of tropical sea life, and whale-watchers and fishermen congregate on the Kona Coast. Pristine beaches, misty rain forests, and stark plains of black lava are all here for the taking. Honestly, what more could you want from an island?... Read More On the Big Island of Hawaii, nature is writ large. Skiers zip down the world’s tallest mountain. Hikers watch the most active volcano on earth (Kilauea) spew fireworks into the sky. Divers explore waters bursting with all manner of tropical sea life, and whale-watchers and fishermen congregate on the Kona Coast. Pristine beaches, misty rain forests, and stark plains of black lava are all here for the taking. Honestly, what more could you want from an island?    Close

Stories and Tips Hawaii (Big Island)

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US National Parks on the Big Island

Written by MilwVon on 07 May, 2010

Volcanoes National ParkPerhaps the US Park Service’s flagship National Park in Hawaii, Volcanoes National Park is an ever changing, never the same experience! I have been fortunate to visit the park and the current eruption many times over the past ten years. It…Read More


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Big Island State & County Parks

Written by MilwVon on 06 May, 2010

There are a number of very nice parks around the Big Island of Hawaii. It would be impossible to cover all of them, so this is just a short overview of a handful that I have visited over the course of my ten years of…Read More


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A Leisurely Way to Spend the Last Day in Paradise

Written by MilwVon on 05 May, 2010

One of the biggest travel challenges I have is what to do from the time of checkout at the resort, until my marathon redeye flight home to Milwaukee. Do too much, and I'm too exhausted for the overnight flight to relax and sleep .…Read More


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The Saddle Road and Beyond

Written by MilwVon on 04 May, 2010

To really get a great perspective of the variety of climates and vegetation on the Big Island of Hawaii, you have to go no further than the road trip from Kona to Hilo via the Saddle Road. Add the extra bonus miles (roughly 50)…Read More


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Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes Nat'l Park

Written by MilwVon on 03 May, 2010

One of my personal favorite road trips is the trip south out of Kona through the coffee belt and over to the active volcano on the Big Island.If you head out south on Hwy 11, you will first come to Keauhou which has a nice…Read More


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Snorkeling the Tidal Pools

Written by MilwVon on 17 Sep, 2009

We have always enjoyed snorkeling and when the water's calm, it is nice to snorkel right off the shoreline . . . assuming you can get to the water. The Big Island has a lot of coastal area with very rough entry due to…Read More


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A 100 Mile Drive Through Paradise

Written by MilwVon on 16 Sep, 2009

The road between Kailua-Kona and the Puna Region of The Big Island of Hawaii has a lot of opportunities to see and experience much of what this unique Hawaiian island has to offer visitors. It is what keeps us coming back, time and again!As…Read More


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The Volcano and Me

Written by mlmeredith on 11 Jul, 2008

So… we came to Hawaii to see the volcano. Was it what we expected? Uh… not quite. Was it worth it? Sure!On March 12, two months before we left for Hawaii, a new vent opened up on the east wall of…Read More


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One Tiny Little Memorial

Written by mlmeredith on 11 Jul, 2008

You can find graffiti and highway memorials all over the world. From the top of the Duomo in Florence, Italy to any urban corridor within the States. But what you’ll find along Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Highway 19) between Kailua Kona and Waikui is…Read More


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Kailua-Kona

Written by mlmeredith on 11 Jul, 2008

Just as every multi-time visitor has a favorite island (mine is Kauai, by far!) every visitor to the island of Hawaii seems to develop a distinct preference for either Kona (technically it’s Kailua-Kona) or Hilo. You can fly into either airport, and if you’re…Read More


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