Hawaii – Big Island

Things to do in Hawaii – Big Island :

  • Get up close and personal with a shark adventure in the Pacific Ocean. It was really beautiful just to see the sharks swim so close by.
  • Participate in an authentic cattle drive! This is one of my favorite experiences on the Big Island and even beginner riders can participate.
  • View deep lush valleys and silver flows of molten lava from above with a helicopter ride with Paradise Helicopter Tours.
  • Explore caves, lava tubes and craters at Volcanoes National Park.

Hotels in Hawaii – Big Island :

  • My open air room at Kona Hula Girl Vacation Rentals was light and breezy and a perfect “home away from home.”
  • Aloha Vacation Cottages was a wonderful place to call home for my stay. What really impressed me was all of the wonderful attention to detail and the little “extras” that made the cottages really stand out.

Food in Hawaii – Big Island :

  • The Vanilla Experience lunch at Hawaii Vanilla Company was educational, entertaining and delicious farm to table experience.

Pictures of Hawaii – Big Island :

There is so much breathtaking beauty to capture on the island. Want to lose yourself in in the magic of Hawaii? Daydream on over to my Hawaii – Big Island photo gallery.

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Hawaii Trees

January 27, 2012 9 Comments »

Trees are like magnets to my camera lens.  I find myself capturing trees around the world.  My recent trip to Hawaii was no exception.  The Big Island and Oahu were full of perfect trees that were ready to model for me!  Here are some of my favorites. Visit Iolani Palace in Honolulu, Hawaii This post […]

An Itinerary for the Big Island of Hawaii

January 26, 2012 7 Comments »

Hawaii Hike

For me, travel is about experiences and connecting with people. When I make a connection with people in a destination, it will turn into one of those magical places that will be on my ‘favorite’ list for years to come. That is what the Big Island of Hawaii was for me. I made many connections […]

Honey Happiness on the Big Island

January 24, 2012 15 Comments »

honey tea

Note Update 2018:  Volcano Island Honey changed owners and is now called Rare Hawaiian Honey Company.  They do not offer tours like the one I did here, but they still do sell their wonderful honey! Can honey make the world a better place? Prior to traveling on the Big Island my answer to that question […]

Kailua Kona – Lodging with a Personal Touch

January 19, 2012 6 Comments »

Big Island – Accommodation – Kona Hula Girl When I first wrote to the Kona Hula Girl owners to learn more about their rental property the owners said, “I do want you to be aware that this is not a traditional hotel in any way”. They clearly knew exactly what to say to me to […]

The Birth of Land on the Big Island Hawaii

January 17, 2012 9 Comments »

Halema’uma’u Crater

I stand looking out over the jagged landscape; toppled-over trees without bark and a silver sheen provide a contrast against the dark, petrified sea of lava. Occasionally I see a tuft of green sprouting up as if it was trying to reach to the sun. I imagine these scarce green leaves sprouting out of the […]

Drive to Mauna Kea

January 13, 2012 11 Comments »

As I drove the gradual incline, the car downshifted to a lower gear, jerked and slowly inched up the road; I could feel just how hard it seemed to be working to get up to the Mauna Kea visitor center.  Hawaii has the tallest mountain on earth.  No, I haven’t lost my mind, and no, […]

A Place to Call Home on the Big Island

January 12, 2012 3 Comments »


As a solo traveler I look for smaller, intimate places to stay. I feel lost in big resorts and quite frankly it’s just not my style. I was combing the internet in search of a small, local place to stay near Waimea on the Big Island and I came across Annette at the Aloha Vacation […]

Farm to Table – Vanilla on the Big Island of Hawaii

January 10, 2012 4 Comments »


Ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, coffee, cakes, and shakes – these are all places where you expect to find vanilla beans or vanilla flavor. But what about lemonade, BBQ sauce, chutney, cornbread, maple syrup, jelly, or salad dressing? And would you expect to find a vanilla farm (the first & only commercial vanilla operation in […]

Hawaii From Above Photography

January 6, 2012 13 Comments »

  When I first started my career break travels in 2006, I stumbled across a photography exhibition in Melbourne Australia called The Earth From Above; aerial photography from all over the world.  I fell in love with it immediately; it provided such a unique perspective that few people get to see.  The exhibit inspired me […]

The Big Island from Above

January 5, 2012 12 Comments »

Big Island

After driving around the entire Big Island for a week I could appreciate the diversity of landscapes, however today is when the all of the puzzle pieces come together. The lava field piece connects with the rainforest piece. The brown desert piece connects to the turquoise waters of the coast. The towering mountains connecta with […]