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The Highs and Lows of Hilo

Let's start with the finish: Until you've seen Hilo, you really haven't seen the Big Island of Hawaii. This is where most people of Hawaiian descent live and where the lush tropical greenery is astounding.  The downside—and the reason it's so beautiful—is that it rains like a big dog, about 200 inches per year. A former downside—volcanic smog, called vog—is no longer present, since the volcano goddess Pele put a cork in her blowhole earlier this year, revealing blue skies for the first ti...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Pele, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Mauna Kea, Kona, Hilo, Hilo Bay, Coconut Island, Hilo Farmers Market, Saddle Road, Onekahakaha Beach Park, Carlsmith Beach Park, Big Island Trailblazer, Hilo Town


What Lava? The Big Island's Hamakua Coast is One Big Waterfall

Rivers of flowing lava met the ocean on the Big Island's Puna (southeast) Coast in 2018, adding hundreds of new acres. But you'd never guess of these fiery origins on the Hamakua (northeast) Coast, where dozens of cascades create a seaside botanical garden. A footbridge Akaka Falls State Park (above) gets you into the center of the show. Water from Mauna Kea's slopes thunders over a 500-foot  precipice at Akaka. You can take sections of the Old Mamalahoa Highway to get off the ...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Falls, Big Island, Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, Hilo, Hamakua, Rainbow Falls, Hamakua Coast, Big Island Trailblazer, Wailuku River, Akaka Falls, Akaka Falls State Park, Old Mamalahoa Highway, Umauma Falls


Big Island: C'mon over, the Air is Fine!

For the first time in more than 30 years, Kilauea Volcano is not spewing vog—volcanic smog—and the air is pure and clean everywhere. The nastiness of vog has not been widely publicized, even though the air quality has been worse at times, in places,  than L.A. in the early 1960s. People were not only gasping in Kona, but also on Maui and Oahu, and even as far as the north shore of Kauai.  Now Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park in Kona is feelin' the blues again. People 30 ye...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Big Island, Maui, Mauna Loa, Wailuku, Oahu, Mauna Kea, Kona, Hilo, Kilauea Volcano, Onekahakaha Beach Park, Wailuku River, Vog, Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer, Puna east Coast


The Big Island's Kona: "Dude, where's the beach??"

The view flying into the Kona Airport is of a never-ending landscape of scorched black lava, often hazed by volcanic smog. It's not anyone's idea of paradise.  Post-apocalyptic is more like it. Wrong. Look again: The South Kohala Coast, covering thirty miles north of Kailua-Kona, has many of the best swimming beaches in the Islands, most of them wild and some of them home the best destination resorts in the world (spaced miles apart and with fabulous grounds to go with their beaches).   ...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Islands, Big Island, Kailua Kona, Kona, Hilo, South Kohala, Puako, Hapuna Beach, Mauna Lani Resort, South Kohala Coast, Beach 69, Hawaii Big Island guidebook, Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer, Kikaua Park


Finding the lost beaches of north of Kona

The view flying into the Kona Airport is of a never-ending landscape of scorched black lava, often hazed by volcanic smog. It's not anyone's idea of paradise.  Post-apocalyptic is more like it. Wrong. Look again: The South Kohala Coast, covering thirty miles north of Kailua-Kona, has many of the best swimming beaches in the Islands, most of them wild and some of them home to the best destination resorts in the world (spaced miles apart and with fabulous grounds to go with their beaches). ...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Islands, Kailua Kona, Kona, Hilo, South Kohala, Puako, Hapuna Beach, Mauna Lani Resort, South Kohala Coast, Beach 69, Hawaii Big Island guidebook, Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer, Kikaua Park, Kona Airport


Finding the lost beaches of Kona

The view flying into the Kona Airport is of a never-ending landscape of scorched black lava, often hazed by volcanic smog. It's not anyone's idea of paradise.  Post-apocalyptic is more like it. Wrong. Look again: The South Kohala Coast, covering thirty miles north of Kailua-Kona, has many of the best swimming beaches in the Islands, most of them wild and some of them home to the best destination resorts in the world (spaced miles apart and with fabulous grounds to go with their beaches). ...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Islands, Kailua Kona, Kona, Hilo, South Kohala, Puako, Hapuna Beach, Mauna Lani Resort, South Kohala Coast, Beach 69, Hawaii Big Island guidebook, Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer, Kikaua Park, Kona Airport