Tag Archive: Hawaii Big Island Trailblazer

The Big Island’s Mauna Loa: A Mellow Drive up the Most Massive Mountain in the World

Measured from its base below the ocean’s surface, Mauna Loa is well over 40,000 feet high, making it easily the world’s second tallest (Mauna Kea, not far away is 400 feet taller). But… Continue reading

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.… Continue reading

The Big Island’s Kohala: Kind of creepy land of comets and kings

Though Mo’okini Heiau (temple) on the north nub of the Big Island was designated in 1935 as the state’s first national historic site, it now rests forlorn and isolated. Winds scour barren slopes… Continue reading

Akaka Falls: More than just another roadside attraction on Hawaii Big Island

For sure the half-mile loop hike at Akaka Falls State park is a tourist trot, complete with sightseeing buses and paid parking. But it’s also one of the best waterfall-and-botanical hikes in Hawaii.… Continue reading

A Big Island National Historic Park that has it all—except lots of tourists

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park covers several miles of coast just north of Kona, but most visitors don’t find it.  A huge lava flow around 1800 covered what were King Kamehameha’s agricultural gardens, but… Continue reading

Miloli’i: A Big Island fantasy for free

Honomalino Beach, a 20-minute walk from the Kona Coast village of Miloli’i, is the sort of place people dream about when thinking of Hawaii. Spinner dolphins frolick offshore of a black-sand beach. Snorkeling… Continue reading

A village tucked away from touristville

One of those peaceful places you want to keep to yourself and not broadcast. But if you really want to visit you’ll have to consult page 97 of your Hawaii Big Island Trailblazer… Continue reading

The Big Island’s “First Beginnings” are still a Mystery

On the most eastern land in the Hawaiian archipelago, Cape Kumukahi (“First Beginnings” in Hawaiian) are clues left by people who pre-dated the earliest Polynesians in the second century. Small stone monuments found… Continue reading

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