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Hawaii Volcano Adventures

Hawaii Volcano Adventures

The Eruption’s over in Hawaii, nothing to see here, but there are still many exciting volcano adventures. (Header photo by Alan L.) You can hike through chirping Ohia forests, stand on the edge of a giant crater. Then explore an underground cavern. You too can be Indiana Jones. Head to the Volcano and live it for yourself, have an awesome experience you will remember forever. I’ll tell you about Hawaii volcano adventures in a minute, but first I will tell…

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The Legend of Hallowaiian Film Review

The Legend of Hallowaiian Film Review

Animated movies that are set in Hawaii might be something of a rare find, but they’re hardly the stuff of legend. The most popular is easily Disney’s 2002 classic Lilo & Stitch, and there’s also Aloha Scooby Doo (2005). And there are even some animated films that were partly shot in Hawaii, such as Disney’s Dinosaur (2000). Disney can’t have it all, though (even if they really do have most things), because last year saw the release of Hawaiian film…

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Day 6 – Merriman’s Waimea Restaurant

Day 6 – Merriman’s Waimea Restaurant

This is a part of our 9-day Big Island Itinerary. Day 6, Part 2. Saturday, December 30, afternoon. A friend mentioned the famous Merriman’s Waimea Restaurant, and we decided to give it a try and book for tomorrow for a New Year dinner. Alas, too late! Everything was booked for the next few days, with the only time available today at 5 pm for an early dinner. We are taking it.  After doing Kohala Waterfall Adventure with Hawaii Forest &…

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Wild West Pahoa Town

Wild West Pahoa Town

Header photo credit Scott Hess; original photo cut and enlarged. Deep in the forests of the Big Island lies Pahoa Town – a sleepy little cowboy town, its sidewalks made of hundred-year-old planks of wood left over from a bygone time. A few old hippies wander around the streets, also left over from a bygone era. Pahoa Town’s rustic colorful buildings look like fake storefronts for a western movie, but they are real and still used as homes and businesses….

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Filming Locations (2017)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Filming Locations (2017)

Like any Hollywood actor, Hawaii has played many different characters onscreen. We’ve seen it play a prehistoric world in Kong: Skull Island (2017), alien jungle planets in Avatar (2009) and Predators (2010), and even itself in The Descendants (2011). And in 2017, it was chosen to play the world of “Jumanji”. In Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the titular fictional jungle – which isn’t even seen in the original 1995 film – is finally realized, so now there are many…

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Filmed in Hawaii: Predators (2010)

Filmed in Hawaii: Predators (2010)

If you’re a fan of the Predator franchise, you’ll have recently seen the trailer for The Predator, the fourth film in the hugely-popular, ever-enduring sci-fi series. But what you might not know is that the third film, Predators (2010), starring Adrien Brody and Laurence Fishburne, was filmed in Hawaii. That said, you probably do know that Hawaii is no alien to blockbuster franchises. The 1987 original – now a true sci-fi classic – pits Arnold Schwarzenegger against a marauding alien…

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Day 6 – Kohala Waterfalls Adventure with Hawaii Forest & Trail

Day 6 – Kohala Waterfalls Adventure with Hawaii Forest & Trail

This is a part of our 9-day Big Island Itinerary. Saturday, December 30. We are going on Kohala Waterfall Adventure with Hawaii Forest & Trail. When I was doing research on what we could see on the West side of the Big Island, I noticed great reviews for Hawaii Forest & Trail. This company specializes in the Big Island, they don’t have too many tours but theirs are about education as well as beautiful scenery. The company was founded by…

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Day 5 – Swimming with Wild Dolphins and a Whale Shark in Hawaii

Day 5 – Swimming with Wild Dolphins and a Whale Shark in Hawaii

This is a part of our 9-day Big Island Itinerary. Friday, December 29. I had originally scheduled our swimming with wild dolphins trip for yesterday, but considering that we could arrive to our cottage very late the night before, I contacted our dolphin guide Roberta asking to move it one day later. She obliged, and what a lucky reschedule it was! Our group was the first to encounter a whale shark early in the day and to have a magic…

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Whale Watching in Hawaii

Whale Watching in Hawaii

You might think of whale watching in Hawaii as a rather peaceful activity. To see a whale surge out of the sea and fall back down in a massive splash is a beautiful sight. Some things are beautiful from a distance. To see a whale up close is rather scary. Let me tell you a real whale’s tale. A Maui Whale Watching Tale We were on a whale-watching boat off  Lahaina, Maui one morning, all the camera toting tourists were…

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Day 4 – Waialea Beach, a.k.a. Beach 69

Day 4 – Waialea Beach, a.k.a. Beach 69

This is a part of our 9-day Big Island Itinerary. Thursday, December 28. Today, we wanted to get to Hapuna beach, but ended up on a completely different, yet very nice Waialea beach, a.k.a. Beach 69. We just spent the first night at our final vacation rental home on the Big Island. We are taking it slow today, resting from active days spent on the Hilo side. When I did my research on where to stay on the western side…

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