Tag Archive: Big Island

Jun 01

Top 10 Snorkel Beaches on Hawaii: Big Island Edition


As the Great Plains heat up my mind starts to drift to the ocean and how we wish we were there.  One of our favorite vacations of all time was a 10 day stay to the Big Island of Hawaii.  Not as crowded as Oahu or Maui and just as beautiful.  In our minds the …

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Jul 25

Top Ten Things to do on the Big Island

Green Sea Turtle

Out of all of the Hawaiian Islands that we have been to the Island of Hawaii aka the Big Island is my personal favorite.  I keep joking with Karen that I want to move there, and if we had the money or a job lined up I am sure it would be more than a …

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Mar 03

World Botanical Gardens & Waterfalls – Big Island

Umauma Falls close up

A long time ago, in a life that gets farther away each year, I worked at a plant nursery during the summer months when I was in college. The pay was very good and overall it was a pretty decent job, but by the time I was out of college I never wanted to own …

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Jan 27

Kilauea Iki Trail – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

In the Crater

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is very unique place considering that it is the home of two active volcanoes.  Kilauea which is one of the most active volcanoes on the planet, unfortunately the lava flow was underground while we were there.  It changes from time to time and sometimes it is flowing into the sea, which …

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Sep 20

Kahalu’u Beach Park: Children’s Beach

Eel Closeup

Kahalu’u Beach Park on the Big Island is the perfect spot for beginner snorkelers which might be why it also goes by the name Children’s Beach.  It is always calm but the entry can be slippery.  For the most part it was very easy to get in the water.  The only down side is the fact that …

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Sep 09

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden: Big Island

Red Orchid

The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is tucked behind the Onomea Valley on the Big Island. The garden is located in just a breathtaking area and should be on your to see list.  When Karen and I were driving the four mile scenic route to get to the garden I was constantly pulling over and getting …

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Aug 28

Number 4: Green Sea Turtle near the Kohala Coast

turtle buddy

Number 4 is a photograph of a green sea turtle off the Kohala Coast of Hawaii.  One of our favorite things to do on vacation is snorkel.  If we go on a beach vacation Karen and I find time to snorkel every day.  We both fell in love with snorkeling on our first trip to …

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Aug 07

Honaunau Bay: aka Two Step on the Big Island

yellow tang school

Honaunau (Ho-now-now) Bay is an excellent and exciting place to go snorkeling.  It is located just a short walk from the Place of Refuge, click on the link to see our review of that interesting National Historical Park.  The reason that this bay is nicknamed Two-Step is because of its somewhat awkward entry point.  There is no …

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Jul 29

Pu’uhonua o Honaunau: “Place of Refuge” Big Island

Place of Refuge 5

Place of Refuge is a wonderful place on the Big Island of Hawaii to get a feel for and a little bit of an understanding of Hawaiian culture.  This historic park is officially called Pu’uhonua o Honaunau (pronounced poo-oo-ho-new-ah o ho-now-now, at least we think that is how it is pronounced) is an ancient place of refuge.  The …

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Jul 15

Pololu Valley: Big Island


Pololu Valley is one of the prettiest spots on the Big Island, which is saying a lot since the whole island is such a beautiful place.  The valley is home to Pololu Beach which is a black sand beach.  Karen and I did not get in the water because the surf and currents seemed way …

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