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Swimming With Honu (Hawaiian Sea Turtles)

Swimming With Honu (Hawaiian Sea Turtles)

Posted on August 5, 2014

-by Sheila Beal While snorkeling along the Kohala Coast on Hawaii’s Big Island, we encountered many honu — so many that it was almost hard not to see them along the shore or in the water. From our experience, the Kohala Coast is perhaps one of the very best places to see honu and swim [...]

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Growing Cacao in Hawaii

Growing Cacao in Hawaii

Posted on June 17, 2014

Did you know that Hawaii is the only place in the United States with a commercial cacao production? In the below post, chocolate lover Doreen Pendgracs shares what she learned while visiting cocoa farms and plantations around Oahu. Growing cocoa on American soil Usually, the growing of cacao (cocoa) has been limited to a belt [...]

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Big Island Babymoon: Black Sand, Volcanoes, Waterfalls

Big Island Babymoon: Black Sand, Volcanoes, Waterfalls

Posted on May 20, 2014

-by Alesandra Dubin One of the very best things about travel is seeing something you’ve never seen before. How many times in our adult lives do we really get to do that on a given day? (That’s one reason David and I have a strict no-repeating-country-stamps-in-the-same-passport policy.*) Still, the lure of a perfect beach is [...]

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Hilo Grown Tour: An Agricultural Adventure

Hilo Grown Tour: An Agricultural Adventure

Posted on May 9, 2014

-by Andi Fisher Last week I shared a little of background about Hawaii’s agritourism and the forces behind it. I had the pleasure of learning a lot about the topic from Lani Weigert when I visited Hamakua Mushrooms. For my last day in Hilo I would actually eat, drink and breathe agritourism on an agricultural adventure [...]

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Meet Lani: An AgriTourism Dynamo

Meet Lani: An AgriTourism Dynamo

Posted on April 25, 2014

-by Andi Fisher “90% imported. 90% imported.” As I drove around visiting Greenwell Farms, Hamakua Mushrooms, Volcano Winery; as I had conversations with folks at hotels and looked at restaurant menus, I still found it crazy that 90% of produce to Hawaii is imported. It is crazy! Coming from California where produce – fresh and [...]

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New Tauck Poll Reveals Hawaii as Ultimate Dream Destination

New Tauck Poll Reveals Hawaii as Ultimate Dream Destination

Posted on March 13, 2014

Hawaii may be America’s 50th state, but it’s number-one in the hearts of U.S. travelers as revealed in a recent poll conducted for the top luxury tour operator Tauck by Reuters/Ipsos. More than twenty percent of respondents in the poll picked Hawaii as the place they would visit if neither time or money were a [...]

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Google Street View Trekker Imagery Enhances User Experience on GoHawaii.com

Google Street View Trekker Imagery Enhances User Experience on GoHawaii.com

Posted on March 7, 2014

After embarking on the first-of-its-kind partnership last summer to visually showcase the Hawaiian Islands’ natural beauty like never before, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) and Google Maps today unveiled brand new, 360-degree images gathered by the Google Street View Trekker on Google Maps and Hawaii’s vacation planning website GoHawaii.com. Google Maps users can now explore [...]

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Make a Difference

Make a Difference

Posted on February 24, 2014

Volunteering and giving back has never felt as good as it does in the Hawaiian Islands. Engage with local Hawaii residents in meaningful ways where values are shared, stories exchanged, and friendships made in the most authentic ways possible. So are you ready? Restore A Taro Patch – Spend the morning at one of Oahu’s [...]

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Stop. Relax. Breathe.

Stop. Relax. Breathe.

Posted on February 20, 2014

Slow down and take some time to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit. With clean air, warm tropical weather, and friendly people sharing the aloha spirit, a trip to Hawaii can help to get you in a fresh, new frame of mind. Here’s how: Pack Light – No need to stress about packing a whole [...]

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How Mushrooms Are Bringing Local Businesses Together On Hawaii’s Big Island

How Mushrooms Are Bringing Local Businesses Together On Hawaii’s Big Island

Posted on February 18, 2014

-by Jessica Festa Who knew mushrooms had the power to bring a community together? This is my first thought when visiting Hamakua Mushrooms on Big Island, Hawaii’s only commercial mushroom producer. The factory is set on a working farm, where what started as a hobby for Bob Stanga became a sustainable endeavor that helped bring [...]

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