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Headed to Hawaii? Enjoy These Things to Do on the Big Island’s Kona Side

There’s a reason they call it the Big Island. As largest island, Hawaii clocks in at a whopping 4,028 square miles. (It’s almost as big as Connecticut, which measures 4,842 mi2!) In fact, the Big Island has more land area than all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined.i   Considering the Big Island’s substantial size, visitors sometimes decide to focus their time in one area, such as the Kona side. Of course, if you’re lucky enough to move to the Big Island, you’ll have as much time as you like to explore!  If you’re spending your time on the Kona (or western) side of the island, you’ll find it hotter, drier, and sunnier than the Hilo (eastern) side. As a result, there are a several activities […]

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8 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Kona

The Big Island may be the youngest in the Hawaiian island chain, but it’s still an island with a lot of history—and a lot to offer.   Historians believe that the first human settlers to the Hawaiian Islands made their initial landfall on the Big Island.i Additionally, the Big Island was also the birthplace and childhood home of King Kamehameha, the first to unite the islands, forming the Kingdom of Hawaii. He also established the kingdom’s first seat of government on the Orchid Isle.  Today, the Big Island is well-known for its dramatic and awe-inspiring natural landscapes. As you tour the island, you’ll find cascading waterfalls, verdant tropical rainforests, 13,000-foot mountain peaks, an active volcano, and long stretches of beach featuring […]

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Top 10 Things to Do, Attractions and Activities in Hilo

On the eastern side of the Big Island, you’ll find Hilo, the Hawaii County seat of government. It’s one of the biggest population centers in the state. The town lays claim to an estimated over 43,000 residents, putting it in Hawaii’s top 5. Hilo also hosts a number of attractions and activities to enjoy during your leisure time on the Orchid Isle. In this article, we’ll run down our top 10 list of things to do in and near Hilo. Enjoy the island’s natural beauty, explore its history, admire the work of its artists, and taste the bounty of the aina (land). Let’s dive into […]

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Explore Hilo’s Beautiful and Bountiful Botanical Gardens

The Big Island’s steady, year-round temperatures and rich, volcanic soil make it a particularly fertile ground for all kinds of plants and flowers—some of which you won’t find anywhere else. Additionally, the eastern side of the island is an exceptionally welcoming environment for growth. As the predominant northeast/east-northeast trade winds blow across the Big Island, they hit the considerable slopes of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. This pushes the air upward, causing it to cool, and, ultimately, delivering plenty of precipitation to the windward side of the Big Island. The result? A wet and humid environment that’s perfect for cultivating plant life, which is why […]

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