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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 Ditched

If you think going on a “DITCH TOUR“ means you’ll be splashing around in a few feet of muddy irrigation water, think again— FLUMIN’ KOHALA is a multi-part adrenaline rush that involves kayaking and a number of stunning views. With Flumin’ Kohala, you’ll experience an exclusive adventure deep in the mountains of Kohala. This fascinating,… 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 »

Bike Volcano Country

There’s no better way to witness the fury of Kilauea and get close enough to really feel the heat than on a GUIDED BICYCLE TOUR THROUGH VOLCANO COUNTRY. For the complete bike-tour experience of HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, there’s a BIKEVOLCANO.COM day trip that takes cyclists on a mostly downhill, paved, 15-mile course through the… Continue »

Journey Through a botanical garden

Not far from Hilo, two PUBLIC GARDENS are laid out in exquisite natural environments: Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and World Botanical Gardens & Waterfalls. Opened in 1984, HAWAII 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 include orchids,… 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.It is also where Hawai‘i’s scrumptious HAMAKUA MUSHROOMS… 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 »

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 this is your route,… 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 AND EVENTS: • KA‘U COFFEE FESTIVAL: The annual… Continue »