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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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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....read more
No stilettos. No shopping... just pedaling to promote strong bones for life! www.bondgirlsbikeamerica.com The Bond Girl Team, composed of Marybeth, her 22-year-old daughter and a friend, biked 3,114 miles from the Pacific to the Atlantic and raised $52,000 for the...read more
While you can’t avoid natural disasters, or control all situations, you can be prepared. I was in Southern Thailand with my family when the Asian tsunami struck. We had a close call, but were not injured. This is what I’ve learned. Before you leave home: Leave your...read more
When You Reserve Your Room Ask if they have security personnel 24/7. Reserve a room located between the second and seventh floors – within reach of a fire department ladder. Request a room that is not near vending machines (noise and loitering), and far from elevators...read more
Do your homework You can call the hotel directly. Ask the hotel reservations staff the “occupancy rate” of the hotel for the dates you’ll be visiting. If the hotel is near full you won’t have as much bargaining power. To attempt to bargain with the hotel manager you...read more
A rewarding aspect of travel is learning about organizations around the world that help the people and places we visit, and giving back to them to support their causes. Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation (NYOF) The Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation, founded by...read more
What To Pack, from Delia, Alexandria, VA If you are wondering what to pack when travelling south of the border, a long cotton skirt and short sleeve shirts are perfect. When I travelled to Guatemala in 2003 I packed shorts and some sleeveless shirts not knowing this...read more