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Kanaka Kava – Traditional, Locally Sourced Hawaiian Food In An Easygoing Outdoor Atmosphere

A Review of Kanaka Kava: The restaurants around Big Island’s Kona Town serve up something for everyone, from prime rib to hamburgers, Asian noodles to Indian curry, fish tacos to pizza. There are plenty of eateries offering contemporary Hawaiian cuisine, too — a mix of different foods from multiple continents, sometimes combined in strange and …

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Big Island Grill – Hawaiian Comfort Food and Laid Back Atmosphere In The Heart Of Kona Town

A Review of Big Island Grill: For those visiting Kona Town and looking for a taste of real Hawaiian comfort food for breakfast or lunch, the macadamia nut pancakes, hot noodle soups and smoked pork plate lunches. Big Island Grill are tasty ways to delve into the islands’ legendary, sometimes-strange local food. Contemporary Hawaiian cuisine …

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Kamana Kitchen – Kona’s Mouthwatering Indian Cuisine By The Sea

A Review of Kamana Kitchen: Vacationing foodies might be skeptical of the idea of finding top-notch Indian food being served in Hawaii, much less on the largely rural and sometimes insular Big Island. But somehow, out of the dearth of exceptional ethnic cuisine on the island (besides East Asian food, of course), there is one …

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Kahalu’u Beach Park – Big Island’s Best Snorkle and Surfing Spot for Beginners

There are many excellent surf breaks along the western shore of Hawai’i Island, but few are better suited for those new to the sport than Kahalu’u Beach Park. Inhabiting one corner of Kahalu’u Bay, this Kona-side swimming and surfing spot is a stretch of mixed black and white sand beach with a coastline of smooth …

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Punalu’u Beach – The Best Black Sand on the Big Island

The sands of West Hawaii beaches are predominantly white, made of finely pulverized coral built up over millennia. But on the eastern shores, Punalu’u Beach the sands are black; a testament to its active volcanic heritage, where rivers of lava from the massive volcano Mauna Loa and its smaller offshoot, Kilauea Volcano, charge downhill to …

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Ho’okena Beach Park – Kayaking, Snorkeling and Camping At A Traditional Fishing Village

South of the small town of Captain Cook, and two and a half miles along a one-lane road winding downhill to meet the ocean, the soft grey sands of Ho’okena Beach Park come into view for the first time. Flanked on either side by walls of sea cliffs, the crescent-shaped beach of protected waters is …

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Lava Tree State Park – Black Rock Monuments Formed Around Ancient Tree Trunks

Big Island’s habitual volcanic activity has created some truly unique geological formations, from Papakolea Green Sand Beach in South Point to Halemaumau Crater at the summit of Kilauea Volcano to the newest addition to the list: “Ahuaila’au”, also known as Fissure 8, which cropped up during the 2018 Lower Puna Eruption and has towered over …

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Shipman Beach Hike: Deep Jungle and White Sand, Ancient Ruins and Endangered Species 

Some Hawaii guidebooks rank the 5-mile-roundtrip trek to Shipman Beach, otherwise known as Haena Beach, outside the town of Keaau to be the most underrated hike on all of Big Island. This might be because its often a muddy tromp through jungles as dense as they get in Puna District, rewarded at the end with …

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Punalu’u Bake Shop: A Classic Hawaiian Bakery With A Claim To Fame

A trip to Big Island isn’t complete without sampling some local delicacies, and the legendary Hawaiian sweet roll is a great place to start. These are baked in staggering amounts at Punalu’u Bake Shop, an immensely popular roadside bakery, restaurant, ice-cream shop and rest stop found beside the country highway in the small town of …

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Two Step at Honaunau Bay – Big Island’s Premiere Snorkeling Spot

Two naturally-formed lava rocks platforms lead snorkelers into the electric-turquoise waters of Honaunau Bay, which give way to reveal a colorful, rugged seafloor bustling with all sorts of marine life. This is hands-down the best snorkeling spot on the island, dubbed by locals as simply “Two Step” after the two giant stairs found at the …

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