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Go Snorkeling

SNORKELING the Big Island’s crystal-clear waters is an easy way to spot marine life. KEALAKEKUA BAY, an UNDERWATER MARINE PRESERVE that is a resting area for dolphins and the site of the Captain Cook Monument, is a popular destination. So are the pristine waters off the KOHALA COAST AND PAWAI BAY. Snorkel gear can be… Continue »

Explore Hilo

Curving gracefully around the rim of Hilo Bay, the TOWN OF HILO is nestled on the slopes of three volcanoes and is home to nearly 41,000 residents. Hilo also is home to the annual MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL, a major visitor attraction that celebrates the ART OF HULA and HAWAIIAN CULTURE with a WEEKLONG EXTRAVAGANZA each… Continue »

Savor A Town Built Around Coffee

A slight detour off Highway 11 leads to the funky upcountry village of HOLUALOA. You’ll know you’ve reached this eclectic little town when you see a fluorescent-pink building called the KONA HOTEL. Built in 1926, the hotel is still maintained by its founding family members. With the exception of the exterior paint job, there’s not… Continue »

Escape to an Ancient Refuge

PU‘UHONUA O HONAUNAU was, in ancient times, the destination for people seeking asylum from severe penalties imposed on all who broke kapu (taboo) laws. Once inside the compound’s 10-foot walls, sanctuary was guaranteed; the resident kahuna, or priests, were obligated to offer absolution to all fugitives, no matter how great or small the infraction. Refuges… Continue »

Walk Through Ancient Petroglyph Fields

Centuries ago, Native Hawaiians carved images of humans, canoes, turtles and other forms into lava rock. And though the true meanings behind these ki‘i pohaku, or PETROGLYPHS, are unknown, it is widely believed that these ANCIENT CARVINGS are records of births and other significant events that occurred in the lives of the people who lived… Continue »