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Hawaii. The Big Island

Hawaii. The Big Island

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    As the jet makes its arching descent across Hilo Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii, we’re mesmerized by the tropical tableau below–translucent blue water fringed with green rolling hills. The couple across the aisle compares the scenery to Ireland. But when my husband and I step off the plane, the floral fragrances […]

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Historic Hawaiian Hotels

Historic Hawaiian Hotels

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  Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Mauna Kea Beach Hotel History with a twist of luxury is seductive.   When I think of famous, elegant hotels – the Ritz in Paris, the Plaza in New York and the Pera Palas in Istanbul – come to mind. When I think of  Hawaii two historic properties join the club […]

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Hawaii History at a luxury resort is seductive

Hawaii History at a luxury resort is seductive

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When I think of famous, elegant hotels – the Ritz in Paris, the Plaza in New York and the Pera Palas in Istanbul – come to mind. In the Hawaiian Islands a historic property joins the club of  bejeweled, historic hotels, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on Hawai’i Island. Fifty years of Hawaii history at […]

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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 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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