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Lava Tubes on Big Island The Kaumana Caves – The Most Spectacular (and Easiest to Access)

In the hills above the City of Hilo, near the approach to the inter-island highway known as “Saddle Road” which links East and West Hawaii on the Big Island, there’s a massive lava tube beside the road that goes unnoticed by most drivers. A portion of the tube’s ceiling collapsed many decades ago, creating entrances …

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Puako’s Beach 69: A Shady, Secluded Swimming Spot Very Different From Its Neighbors

Roughly 30 miles north of Kona town on Big Island’s west side, along a sun-beaten highway with vast black lavafields stretching out on either side, lies the stunning white sands of Puako and its well-hidden gem of a swimming spot, Beach 69. Its official name is Waialea Beach, but hardly anyone calls it this. For …

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Papakolea Green Sand Beach – An Idyllic, Isolated Geological Rarity

Fifty thousands years ago, flowing underground magma from Hawai’i Island’s second most important volcano – Mauna Loa – collided with groundwater, causing an violent explosion of volcanic ash and creating what is known among today’s volcanologists as a “tuff ring”. This was a massive mound of mineral rich ash and other volcanic products which grew …

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Rainbow Falls AND Boiling Pots: Wailuku River State Park’s Best Sights:

Rainbow Falls: Two Hawaiian Natural Wonders At Once What could make the sight of an 80-foot-high waterfall cascading out of a curtain of lush green jungle into a pool of turquoise water even more eye-popping? What if there was a rainbow forming out of the mist churned up by the crashing water? To catch a …

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – A Truly Once-in-a-Lifetime Sight

Halemaumau Crater Overlook There are few places on planet Earth where casual visitors can come face to face with a real, active volcano. And in Hawaii, the sight of such an immensely destructive force is tempered by the realization that it’s also life-creating: not one part of this idyllic island chain cast smack dab in …

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