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Festive Season in Hawaii

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From the bright blue water to warm Hawaiian sand, the Big Island is the perfect place to celebrate the holidays season.  Here are a few ideas for you to enjoy the holidays in true Hawaiian style. EAT There are many fantastic restaurants enjoy dinner in the area. The holidays are the busiest in Hawaii and availability can sometimes be limited. We recommend making reservations as soon as possible. Here are...

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Bike Tour at Volcanoes National Park

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by Andrew B., Friend of Paradise in Hawaii   One of the main reasons our family visited the Big Island of Hawaii was to tour Volcanoes National Park. My wife and I first visited over 20 years ago and while we were there we hiked a small portion of the Park. Recently we returned with our two teenage sons; we wanted to see the volcanoes in a new way, and to see...

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Scuba Diving on the Big Island of Hawaii

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by Bob G., Paradise in Hawaii Luxury Homes Friend and Frequent Guest     Some of Hawaii’s best scuba diving can be found on the Kona side of the Big Island! It is known for its visibility and calm waters, generally protected from the winds by the massive slopes of the mountains and volcanoes. Swim through reefs teeming with life! Swim through reefs teeming with life! When scuba diving on...

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Winter Holidays in Paradise

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Many people are choosing to trade their old snow boots for flip-flops and sink their toes in the warm Hawaiian sand for the holiday season. Here are a few ideas to ensure you have a Male Kalikimaka island-style.  Christmas tree with a tropical touch. There are many wonderful places to enjoy dinner in the area. We recommend getting your reservations placed as soon as possible because things will book up quickly....

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Playgrounds on the Big Island

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There is nothing like being a kid and finding a new playground to explore. Do you remember discovering a new fort or a new maze for the first time? While Hawaii has so many amazing experiences for kids and families alike, there are some fun playgrounds to enjoy and maybe make some new Hawaiian friends. One of our favorite playgrounds is the Anuenue Playground located in Waimea. If you find yourself on a...

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This November – Kona Coffee Festival

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  Coffee lovers visiting the Big Island in November should definitely check out the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival! Starting November 4th, you will be able to experience and celebrate this year’s coffee harvest as farmers and artisans come together at this award-winning coffee festival famous worldwide. With 40 events across 10 days, you will be able to find a variety of activities for the entire family: from art exhibits and quilt...

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Snorkel with the Manta Rays

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Snorkel with the Manta Rays Imagine seeing a large, mysterious creature gliding like an acrobat through crystal clear ocean waters. Hauntingly beautiful and graceful, what is it you saw? You have seen a manta ray, the largest of the rays, reaching wing spans up to twenty feet and weighing as much as 3,000 pounds. On the Big Island of Hawaii, you can snorkel with manta rays at night! Manta rays...

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Visit the Gallery of Great Things for Unique Gifts

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If you drive up to the town of Waimea, stop by the Gallery of Great Things. This unique gallery and shop features numerous beautiful handmade crafts. Situated in an old house with history – it housed nurses during World War Two – the Gallery has many small rooms to explore. Around every corner, you will find some nook with beautiful works of art from Hawaii and around the world.  ...

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Ironman World Championship with a Cause

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This month, Christopher Trent and his family are staying in one of our homes while he competes in the Ironman World Championships in Kona as a national representative for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Ironman World Championship in Kona is a big deal. In this long-distance triathlon, athletes from around the world swim 2.4 miles in open water, cycle for 112 miles, and finally run a marathon (26.2 miles)!...

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A-Bay Shoreline Hike with Sea Turtles

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One evening earlier this month, we went for a shoreline hike at Anaeho’omalu Bay, beside the Waikoloa Beach Resort area. We had heard that sea turtles often hang out on the quiet and less crowded beaches along this trail, and wanted to photograph them in the glow of the evening light. We headed out from the trailhead near the Lava Lava Beach Club about half an hour before sunset, equipped with flashlights for the twilight walk back. As we...

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