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Where in the World is Easter Island? A Speck in the Pacific Ocean

Where in the World is Easter Island? A Speck in the Pacific Ocean

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The coast of Chile and Peru is 2,400 miles and a 5-6 hour flight away and just about as far from Tahiti in the other direction. The nearest inhabited island is Pitcairn, 1,200 miles to the west(of HMS Bounty and Mutiny fame). Native Eastern Islanders, or Rapa Nuians, called their home the Navel of the […]

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From Stone Age to Space Age   –  Easter Island

From Stone Age to Space Age – Easter Island

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Until about 40 years ago once a year a Chilean warship visited Easter Island, bringing supplies. Very few tourists visited the island dotted with stone heads. In 1967 the airport was finished and flights arrived from Tahiti and Santiago, Chile and tourism began. In the 1970’s the Chilean government made changes: water supplies, electricity, a […]

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Hawaii Adventures – Night Snorkel with the Manta Rays

Hawaii Adventures – Night Snorkel with the Manta Rays

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Night Snorkel with the Manta Rays Travel Channel says it’s one of the Top 10 things to do in your lifetime Snorkeling at night to look for Manta Rays is advertised as one of Kona’s most unique adventures, so we signed up. Just before sunset we were outfitted with “shortie” wetsuits and snorkel gear and […]

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Hawaii Lomi Lomi Chocolate Wrap

Hawaii Lomi Lomi Chocolate Wrap

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Blissed-Out with a Chocolate Body Wrap Lomi Lomi is Hawaiian massage. Practioners of this ancient Polynesian healing technique use not only palms, but also the forearm, fingers, knuckles and elbows. The Hawaiian phrase, Lomi Lomi, means, literally, to rub, knead, massage. The Sheraton Ho’ola Spa offers open-air massage on private patios where your mind and […]

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Hawaii Five Adventures – Fins and Paddles on the Kona Coast

Hawaii Five Adventures – Fins and Paddles on the Kona Coast

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Leaving the rainforest and volcanoes behind, we traded our backpacks for fins, goggles and paddles on the Kona Coast. There is a world of difference between the east and the west coasts of the Big Island. One side is wet and verdant; the other side is dry and volcanic. We moved our base to the […]

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Hawaii five Adventures – Bike the Rim of the Volcano

Hawaii five Adventures – Bike the Rim of the Volcano

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Bike the Rim of the Volcano The forty-five minute drive from Hilo to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park leads you to one of the twenty World Heritage sites in North America and the only one in Hawaii. The Visitors Center was a good place to get our bearings and hear the ranger’s talk before we joined […]

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Hawaii Five Adventures – Hilo’s Open-Air Market

Hawaii Five Adventures – Hilo’s Open-Air Market

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Among the Best Open-Air Markets in the West www.bigisland.org Hilo blossomed from a village centered around the mission church to a boom town when sugar production flourished. Businesses came and went – whaling, coffee farms, sugar plantations, the occasional cruise ship and a budding tourist industry. Modern Hilo has a current population of forty-thousand- but […]

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Hawaii Five Adventures – Waterfalls on the Big Island

Hawaii Five Adventures – Waterfalls on the Big Island

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After we’ve wandered around the gardens at the Palm Cliff House outside Hilo, we lace up our walking shoes and head ¼ mile up the road, past an unhurried farmer on his tractor and pull into the parking lot at Akaka Falls State Park. We slow our pace on a paved circular trail to scrutinize  […]

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Hawaii Five O:  Plantation-Style Inn

Hawaii Five O: Plantation-Style Inn

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Exotic birds soar from palm to palm as we wind our way down the drive to the Palm Cliff House, a luxury inn located 14 miles from Hilo. Perched on the cliff’s edge 100’ above crashing surf, the plantation-style house is nestled within verdant acres of its own tranquil estate. Every room has views of […]

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Hawaii Five O -5 Outstanding Adventures on the Big Island of Hawaii

Hawaii Five O -5 Outstanding Adventures on the Big Island of Hawaii

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If you think Hawaii is only about resorts, pools and beaches, think again. The Big Island of Hawaii has so many active adventures outside the gates of the resort. You can hike to waterfalls, bike volcanoes, paddle with dolphins, and snorkel with Manta Rays. www.bigisland.org To get a feel for the rich diversity of the […]

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