The Big Island is truly a playground for any outdoor enthusiast. There are many ways to explore the island, but one of the lesser-known methods is mountain biking. Hawai‘i plays host to numerous trails, but Mana Road is by far one of the most beautiful, hugging the base of Mauna Kea Mountain and cutting through the pastures of Parker Ranch. It’s more of a distance ride than a technical stomach wrenching single track, and, as such, is accessible to both the aggressive and casual rider. Read More
Decorating humanity for millennia, it is believed that beaded jewelry dates back around 90,000 to 100,000 years. The adornments were made from the marine mollusk shells of the Nassarius. Throughout the ages, artisans have drawn inspiration from their environment, seeking to enhance society with the beauty of the natural world. Styles and trends have cycled, but one constant remains—embellishments inspired by nature are as popular now as with the first Nassarius shells. With an array of inimitable products, the artistry of crafting unique and breathtaking jewelry is an industry that is continuously growing in Hawai‘i today. Read More
More than a means of providing sustenance to family and friends, spearfishing is a practice that floats free from time, age, relation and race – a hidden world that grants passage to only a select few. Yet it remains firmly rooted in the terrestrial plane, for all must return to where they belong in order to share their consummate treasure.
The ability to provide a valuable resource to those you care for bestows great honor upon the procurer. With 42 years of diving experience and thousands of waterlogged hours, David Ayau laughs when I ask him what he loves about spearfishing. “Honestly, what’s not to love about it?” Read More
Kira Kamamalu Lee is a spirited Hawaiian artist whose paintings possess a life of their own, becoming inspired companions to the spaces they inhabit. She focuses primarily on figures, drawn to human mutability and varied emotional expression. “With a person, there is so much to say,” Lee says of her work, and without a doubt, her subjects speak silent volumes on immobile walls. Owning her art is like inviting a friend, a discerning aunty, or an innocent child over for dinner. Read More
Big Island Traveler: Talk Story
Twilight at Kalahuipua’a, or Talk Story as the locals call it, is a monthly gathering of kama’aina (locals) and tourists alike that celebrates the tradition of storytelling through music, dance and the spoken word.
The Eva Woods Parker Cottage, a small hale (house) situated on a narrow scruff of land between the Kalahuipua’a fishponds and the Pacific Ocean at the Mauna Lani Bay Resort, is the ideal setting for this intimate night of entertainment and history. Read More
Big Island Traveler: Get On Board
Stand Up Paddling has been a rising star of the aquatic sports scene for years. Interest has skyrocketed, and the wide variety of applications makes this athletic activity both accessible and attractive to people of all sporting backgrounds and geographies. Some use it as a cross-training tool, while others make their living at it on the pro tour.
Stand up paddling has become a platform for racing, surfing, channel crossings, environmental awareness, and, recently, yoga. Read More
Big Island Traveler: Blue Lagoon
Situated on the Kohala coast, Kiholo Bay is like a convention center for beauty, wildlife, wilderness and history, dropped in the middle of a deserted lava field. From tire-melting Highway 19, amidst the barren landscape, one can spot a stand of palm trees pressed against a gradient of turquoise thought only to exist in fiction and fairy tales.
It’s possible to take in the view from the lookout by mile-marker 82, but why would you press your nose to the glass of an aquarium when you have the opportunity to swim with the fishes? Read More
The Big Island is a vast wilderness of varied landscapes, and the area around Ka Lae, also known as South Point, is no exception. Ka Lae causes those present to stand in awe of nature’s palpable power, cloaked in the tingling energy of the untamed terrain. A wind swept and wild expanse, it takes the breath away.
Traveling south from Kona, this destination is a magnificent sight. It juts out from the land and rises hundreds of feet above the black lava plain below. Read More
Stand-up paddleboarding along the coast is a remarkable approach to experiencing the Hawaiian reefs and wildlife, but during whale season it is beyond spectacular. In the winter months, humpback whales migrate to the shallow, warm and protected bays of Hawai‘i to breed and give birth.
The Big Island is one of their favored destinations, as are Maui and Kaua‘i, and during the peak months of February and March these gentle giants come so close to shore they can be seen from the beaches. Read More
The art of tattooing can be traced to ancient Polynesia, has been a recognized form of personal, cultural, and artistic expression for centuries and part of the Hawaiian culture since its inception. Tahitian in origin the word “tattoo” means ‘to mark the skin with color’. The Hawaiian term for tattooing is Kakau and the expression kakau i ka uhi means ‘the tattooing of the mark’.
Unlike the intricate curvilinear designs of some Polynesian cultures, traditional Hawaiian motifs consisted of simple geometric shapes and linear patterns. Read More
Leon Toomata, a New Zealand native, better known by his stage name “LT Smooth”, left his home for Australia at the age of 19. After 10 years of gang banging and drugs, he checked into a Catholic convent rehab center and constructed a new life centered on music. He slowly rebuilt his life, playing out in Australia and traveling the world when, in 2001, he found his resting spot on the Big Island of Hawai’i. “There’s a reason why I’m still alive, there’s a reason why I’m still here, and every day I wake up and I’m thankful,” says Toomata. Read More
If you find yourself in the sleepy surf town of Hanalei past 10pm, you might think martial law is in place ordering all businesses closed by 9:30pm. It’s less martial law than island practice – early to bed, early to rise. But even islands have night owls, and Iti Wine Bar can rescue you from an evening of staring at the ceiling, begging your unwilling eyes to close. Read More
Gary Young, a SoCal native, began surfing in 1963 on a board he and his dad shaped from a Walker foam blank. Surfing, as it has a tendency to do, made an indelible mark on Gary, and he continued his board shaping education throughout his adolescence. Although surfing remained an integral part of his life, it wasn’t a viable career choice in 1970, and he found himself designing circuit boards for an electronics company in Northern California.
Predictably, corporate America didn’t jive well with Gary’s sensibilities, so he hung up his suit for good… Read More
Folks from around the world associate Hawai’i with sun, sandy beaches and surfing, but they are often unaware of the importance, impact, and prevalence of ranching on the islands. Paniolo culture, and the families that have grown up within it, is a quiet yet integral fixture to life in Hawai’i – and has been for nearly 200 years.
Ranching and rodeos can be overlooked, even amongst those who live here, but anyone who’s ever attended a rodeo knows that they have a strong and loyal following. The paniolo are the heartbeat of our hills. So why don’t you see famous Hawaiian cowboys whoop-hollerin’, and riding bulls… Read More
SUP Connect: The Shouses, a Paddleboard Love Story
BIG ISLAND, Hawaii – What are the chances that a girl from Oregon and a guy from Arizona hear the call of the ocean so deeply that they move to Hawaii – separately – fall in love, and become two of the most beautiful ocean ambassadors around? Pretty good, if you’re the Shouses.
Donica is originally from Waterloo, Oregon, an hour and a half from the frigid and unforgiving coast where she taught herself to surf at the age of 17. Abe is from Arizona, the real life Rick Cane, and spent his childhood flip-flopping between the West Coast and the East Coast every two years, submerging himself… Read More
Trazzler: Travel Destination Micro-Articles
Mingling With Longtime Locals
Standing in Awe of a Surfing Pioneer
Taking a Walk Through Surfing History
Pitching a Tent at Butano State Park
Stepping Through the Cellar Door
Digging the Spirit of Agriculture
And if you can’t get there during pumpkin season, there’s a good chance you’ll run into Farmer John riding his tractor down main street delivering fresh produce to the restaurants. Be sure to say hello, and ask him what’s fresh this season.
Wave Watching at The Lane in Santa Cruz
Celebrating Spirit With Costumes and Sweat
Browsing Through Eclectic Goods
Picking Up a Board and a Burrito
Discovering Dogtown in Venice Beach, California
Grabbing a Bite with Bikers Alice’s Restaurant