Big Island Manta Rays!

Happy Aloha and First Friday!!!! We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

The mysterious manta ray is one of the largest fishes in the ocean with wingspans of up to 20 feet or more and Hawaii Island offers your best opportunity to encounter these amazing creatures.

As intimidating as these otherworldly mantas look, they are actually quite friendly. Unlike stingrays or eagle rays, mantas do not have stingers. They feed on microscopic plankton, which accounts for their large, gaping mouths. To learn more on how you can experience this amazing opportunity, click here:

Mahalo Big Island Visitors Bureau for this great article


Download the Happy Hour Hawaii App!

Please Share! Over 175 happy hours, GPS-based, full menus & prices, and best of all it is FREE! Download Happy Hour Hawaii‘s iPhone, Android, or iPad app now! Search Happy Hour Hawaii in the app store or scan below! Mahalo!

Lava Claims Final Home in Royal Gardens

Fate has finally caught up with the man who has outlasted all his less fortunate neighbors in the Royal Gardens subdivision, which has been obliterated by lava flows from the east rift of Kilauea volcano.

The home of “Lava” Jack Thompson, which at one time served as an off the beaten path destination for tourists looking for a one-of-a-kind encounter, has been destroyed. A fast moving lava flow from the Pu`u O`o crater four miles up slope invaded the forested kipuka surrounding his home on Friday night.

Thompson and lava photographer Leigh Hilbert were airlifted out of town by Paradise Helicopters just before nightfall, as the lava was an estimated 100 feet from the home.

 You will find an account of the final moments at Jack’s house on Hilbert’s Hawaiian Lava Daily blog.
Watch the video!

Snow…in Hawaii? Yes!

So gorgeous! Big Island photographer Ethan Tweedie shot this photo of the snow that has blanketed Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa!

Islands of Hawaii

With six great Hawaii islands that you can visit, how do you choose the best island(s) for you? That’s a question that many potential Hawaii visitors wrestle with. Check out this great article that helps you figure out which island is right for you! Our go to relaxation pick is Lanai. For nature & adventure choose Kauai and/or Big Island. Maui….for us, has it all! Oahu for history, nightlife, and famous beaches! Check out Go Visit Hawaii for more helpful tips!

Originally posted at: How to Pick the Best Hawaiian Island(s) For Your Vacation



Whales from the Deep

Could you imagine having a whale swim right under you? We would LOVE it! Check out this beautiful video 🙂 We can’t tell you how much we love whale season!
Video: PV1Fo3RO0k4

Big Island Resort Deal

Living Social Escapes Deal to Kona! Great Price! Check it out!

A five-night stay for two in an ocean-view Kailua Bay Junior Suite, including a daily buffet breakfast ($927) at the Royal Kona Resort!