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Saddle Up

HORSEBACK RIDING is unquestionably one of Hawai‘i Island’s premier attractions. The island’s diverse terrain, eye-popping vistas and wealth of working cattle ranches make it an exciting location for horseback adventures. Situated on Kohala Mountain within Ponoholo Ranch, PANIOLO ADVENTURES specializes in OPEN-RANGE RIDES on its 11,000-acre working cattle ranch. The panoramic views, particularly at sunset,… Continue »

Get Loopy on a 4-D Movie Ride

Feeling a little out of touch? Head over to THE SHOPS AT MAUNA LANI and get zapped. The Kohala Coast shopping destination features a zany attraction guaranteed to tickle your funny bone and jolt your senses into full alert. It’s called THE 4D ADVENTURE RIDE, and in Hawai‘i, it’s one of a kind. The 4-D… Continue »

Get Your Hands Dirty

Travelers are finding that one of the best ways to discover the “real” Hawai‘i Island is to sign up for a VOLUNTEER PROJECT and get their hands dirty working with local residents on conservation assignments. Sign on for afternoon or multi-day trips to help with a variety of projects, such as TRAIL BUILDING AND MAINTENANCE,… Continue »

Stroll Through a Botanical Garden

Not far from Hilo, two PUBLIC GARDENS are laid out in exquisite natural environments: the Hawai‘i Tropical Botanical Garden and the World Botanical Gardens & Waterfalls. Opened in 1984, HAWAI‘I TROPICAL BOTANICAL GARDEN is nestled in a 40-acre valley edged by the Pacific Ocean. Here you’ll find more than 2,000 species of exotic plants that… Continue »

Shop Big Island Style

Whether you’re planning a Big Island SHOPPING SPREE or just a window-shopping walkabout, don’t expect to hit a mall stocked with mainland look-alikes. Part of the island’s charm is the fact that it’s not riddled with department store chains. Don’t get us wrong, you’ll easily find all that you need; it’s just that shopping on… Continue »

Drive the Hamakua Coast

The 45-mile HAMAKUA COAST ROAD TRIP from Hilo to Honoka‘a is stunning. Highway 19 rises above high EROSIONAL CLIFFS that drop to the foaming surf below. Above the highway, the mountainside is blanketed in greenery interlaced by rushing streams, with two volcanoes— MAUNA KEA AND KOHALA—rising in the distance. HONOKA‘A is a postcard-perfect site, with… Continue »

Discover Hilo’s Art Scene

Known for its small-town charm, Hilo often is overlooked for its bustling ART SCENE. But if you know where to look, you’ll find a smattering of talents, from local emerging artists to international entertainers. One such place to catch a show is THE PALACE THEATRE. The Palace opened its doors at 38 Haili St. in… Continue »

Detour to Honoka‘a

Situated on bluffs high above the ocean on the island’s east coast, HONOKA‘A once was the hub of the Hamakua Coast sugar industry. Today, it is a little gem better known as the GATEWAY TO WAIPI‘O VALLEY, a popular VISITOR DESTINATION less than 15 minutes away. The SHOPS AND EATERIES along Honoka‘a’s main drag are… Continue »

Take a Break in Holualoa

Take 600 SPECIALTY COFFEE FARMS, add a smattering of mills, roasters, retail outlets and museums, then cluster them along 20 miles of scenic country roads and you’ve got the makings of a SELF-GUIDED COFFEE-TASTING TOUR. Most people begin their tour from Kailua-Kona and head north on Palani Road (Highway 190). If MOUNTAIN THUNDER KONA COFFEE… Continue »

Get Festive on the Big Island

In Hawai‘i, “keeping it local” and celebrating island food, art and culture are important. For many Hawai‘i residents, local support is the only thing that keeps them afloat, and for visitors and kama‘aina (locals) alike, cultural fun creates amiable festivities. Celebrate Hawaiian-style at these Big Island festivals: • MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC PGA GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP: Golf’s finest… Continue »