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Carlsmith Beach Park – The Best Swimming Spot in Hilo

The best swimming spot in Hilo is Carlsmith Beach Park. Several tranquil and windswept beach parks line the four-mile-long Kalanianaole Street east of Hilo’s main downtown intersection, and Carlsmith is our favorite. Carlsmith inhabits a peninsula of land that juts off of the Hilo coast a few miles past the city’s iconic breakwater, and features …

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Hapuna Beach – Big Island’s Largest White Sand Beach

An uninterrupted half-mile of fine white sand waits for Kona-side beachgoers at Hapuna Beach, a long stretch of pristine, sun-drenched shoreline and electric blue water sandwiched between rocky bluffs dotted with luxury hotels and parched, spindly trees along Big Island’s Kohala Coast. The beach is found within the much larger Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, …

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Lapakahi State Historical Park – Walk Through The Ruins Of An Ancient Hawaiian Fishing Village

It’s easy to imagine the days of old-time Hawaii at places like Lapakahi State Historical Park, where visitors can see firsthand how the ancestors of these islands once lived, worked and played. The park is a Big Island historical gem tucked away along the rocky, arid coast of Kohala District, roughly a dozen miles north …

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Kaimu Black Sand Beach – A Short Hike Across 30-Year-Old Lavafield

Kaimu Black Sand Beach is a quarter-mile hike across a barren lava field of smooth, ropey-looking black rock, following a footpath paved with finely crushed red cinder stones, to the rocky shore of crashing waves and tumbling boulders of Kaimu Black Sand Beach. This is an isolated and stunningly beautiful stretch of coastline carpeted with …

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Mauna Kea- A Big Island Tradition of Stars, snow, and Lore

There is simply no better place on Hawaii Island to see the stars than from the summit and flanks of Mauna Kea – a dormant volcano towering more than 13,000 feet above sea level that makes up much of the island’s landmass and is indispensable to ancient Hawaiian spirituality. Above the cloud line, the night …

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Kua Bay – One of the Best Beaches on the Big Island

Kua Bay. An uninterrupted half-mile of fine white sand waits for Kona-side beachgoers at Hapuna Beach, a long stretch of pristine, sun-drenched shoreline and electric blue water sandwiched between rocky bluffs dotted with luxury hotels and parched, spindly trees along Big Island’s Kohala Coast. The beach is found within the much larger Hapuna Beach State …

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Spencer Beach Park – One of the Big Island’s best places to Picnic

The finely ground soft white sand of Spencer Beach Park delivers swimmers, snorkelers, kayakers and board-riders into the crystal-blue waters of the surrounding bay, which on a typical sunny North Kona afternoon is calm enough for small children to safely frolic. Spencer is one of the northernmost white sand beaches on the island, and a …

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Maku’u Farmers Market – A Sunday Morning Fixture of Local Handicrafts, Hot Food and Farm-Fresh Produce

Every Sunday morning along a nondescript stretch of highway in Big Island’s Puna District, local vendors of every stripe arrive at Maku’u Farmers Market to set up their elaborate village of pop-up tents, flea markets, produce racks, food trucks and display tables crammed with all sorts of handmade merchandise. They arrive to the market space’s …

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