Stefan Verbano

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Coconut Island: A Tiny Historic Gem in Hilo Bay

Just offshore of Liliuokalani Park and Gardens along Hilo’s Waiakea Peninsula lies Coconut Island, arguably the best place in town to see the iconic panorama of downtown’s colorful waterfront shops and palm tree-lined boulevard. The island lies across the bay from Hilo’s main commercial center and world-famous bayfront beaches, and gives its visitors a unique …

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Uncle Robert’s Bar and Farmers Market – The Pride of Kalapana

At the edge of a lavafield along Puna District’s rocky coastline lies the tiny fishing village of Kaimu and its world-famous open-air live music venue simply known among locals as “Uncle Robert’s”.  This is where the Kalapana Awa Band – a fixture of the Big Island music scene for years – plays every Wednesday evening …

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Waipo Valley Overlook- One of the Big Island’s Best Views

Known as the “Valley of the Kings, Waipo Valley is a dozen miles north of the small, rustic, windswept town of Honoka’a along Hawai’i Island’s Hamakua Coast, the highway comes to a dead-end approaching the cliff of a massive valley.  This is the Waipio Valley Overlook, where visitors can catch a glimpse of one of …

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