Mackenzie Park Sign Cliffs Activities

MacKenzie State Park – Excellent Hiking and Cliffside Sightseeing Among Crashing Waves and Whistling Trees

MacKenzie State Park, formally known as MacKenzie State Recreation Area, is a 13-acre windswept grove of towering ironwood trees situated along a stretch of jagged sea cliffs found within Big Island’s volcano-prone Puna District. It’s a rugged, isolated and serenely beautiful forest of rustling trees, outcroppings of moss-covered black rock, well-hidden lava tubes and the …

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Ali Drive. Shops Activities

Ali’i Drive – Shopping, Dining, Swimming and Sightseeing Along Kona’s Seaside Mainstreet

The roughly six-mile-long road that snakes along West Hawaii Island’s white sand coast from downtown Kona heading south to the small exurb of Keauhou is known as Ali’i Drive (“AH-LEE-EE”).  It’s a windswept, often tree-lined route that takes crowds of shoppers, restaurant-goers, sightseers and departing cruise ship passengers past eateries, spas, trinket shops, resorts and …

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Big Island Macademia Nuts Harvest 1 Activities

In Search Of The Perfect Nut – Life On A Big Island Macadamia Farm

Life on a Big Island Macadamia Farm: The pickers start early – just after 7:00am. Morning dew clings to the trees planted in their neat rows and the air is still chilly from the night and the all-consuming jungle darkness. Streaks of sunlight filter through the branches and start to burn off the damp, getting …

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Big Island Macademia Nuts Tree Activities

The History of Big Island Macadamia Nuts: The Long-Lived Bush Trees From Down Under That Revolutionized Hawaiian Agriculture

Before the introduction of Big Island Macadamia Nuts, people had been growing food crops in Hawaii since the time of the first Polynesian settlers, who brought with them seeds and saplings of staples like taro and breadfruit to use in building their new civilization. These “canoe plants” formed the basis of ancient Hawaiian agriculture for …

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Kona Farmers Market Mangusteen Activities

Kona Farmers Market – West Hawaii’s Best Fresh Produce and Trinket Shopping

Few will argue that Kona Farmers Market – found just off of Kamehameha Avenue along the city’s waterfront of windswept, colorful shops – is the best spot on Big Island to sample the tropical cornucopia of strange new fruit that Hawaii has to offer. It is the premiere stop on the island’s ubiquitous, informal “fruit …

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