Posts Tagged ‘big island’

Kua Bay

July 19th, 2010

Kua Bay is becoming one of the more popular beaches on the island. Just recently the road was paved allowing easy access from the highway. At Kua Bay you will find a large white sand beach with very few rocks around the swimming areas. If you go to the left or the right of the main swimming area there are some amazing areas for snorkeling. During the summer months there are typically smaller waves making it great for young children. In the winter months the waves are a bit larger, which makes for some great boogie boarding. There is limited parking so you will often find yourself parking along the side of the road. The facilities include restrooms along with picnic tables under trees overlooking the bay area.

Kua Bay

Kua Bay

Snorkeling at Kua Bay

Snorkeling at Kua Bay

Picnic Area at Kua Bay

Picnic Area at Kua Bay

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Mau’u Mae Beach

June 29th, 2010

Mau’u Mae Beach, pronounced Mow my, is one of my favorite beaches on the island. You can get to the beach two ways. The first is to park at Spencer Beach State Park and hike north about ¼ mile up the coastline along a trail until you reach the beach. The second is to go through Mauna Kea Resort and park at the beach parking. They limit the number of permits they give out to park there so you can not always use this option. Their permit will have directions to the parking area. They give out permits typically from sunrise to sunset. Once you reach the beach you will find beautiful white sand and that extends far out into the water. This is least rocky beach I am aware of on the Big Island of Hawaii. The surf is typically minimal so it is great for children and boogie boarding. There are rocky areas along both sides of the beach that make for great snorkeling. There is minimal shade so you will want to take a beach umbrella.

Mauu Mae Beach

Mauu Mae Beach

Path to Mauu Mae from Spencer Beach

Path to Mauu Mae from Spencer Beach

Path to Mauu Mae from Publick Parking at Mauna Kea Beach

Path to Mauu Mae from Publick Parking at Mauna Kea Beach


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Directions to Spencer Beach State Park. Mauu Mae is a hike south along the costline from Spencer Beach State Park.

Cafe Pesto at Kawaihae Harbor

November 27th, 2009

Cafe Pesto offers the quality of food you would receive in the resorts at a better rate.  The lunch menu is filled with delicious salads and pizzas made to your liking.  The dinner menu consists of some of the same items that the lunch menu offers, but also offers some other amazing dishes.  You can find amazing seafood dishes prepared with the catch of the day.  They also have a wonderful beef tenderloin with tiger shrimp.  Don’t miss out on the shrimp nachos for appetizer!

If you show up early you can enjoy a lounging area near the bar.  The Mango Colada is great for a tropical libation.

Cafe Pesto does not take reservations, but typically is not overwhelmingly busy.  Sometimes during the winter months there can be a rather long wait.

To get to Cafe Pesto, exit the resort and take a left traveling north.  When the road splits you will take a left and you will find Cafe Pesto just a few miles down on the left.

Body Glove Whale Watch Tour

September 4th, 2009

Body Glove Whale Watch Tours
(December through April)

During the winter months the most popular activity is go and see the amazing humpback whales up close.  On the tour you will be taken of the coasts of the Big Island to get up close sightings of these amazing creatures along with dolphins and other marine life.  There is nothing like getting to see one of these creatures breach out of the water or to see a mother and her baby traveling along together in the waters.
While on the tour you will enjoy an open bar along with snacks and refreshments.

Morning Whale Watch
Duration: 3 hours
Adult: $78
Youth (6-17): $58

Afternoon Whale Watch
Duration: 3hours
Adult: $78
Youth (6-17): $58

Pasa’s Restaurant and Bar in Waimea at Parker Ranch Center

August 25th, 2009

Pasa’s is one of the newest restaurants in Waimea.  Here you will find a comfortable setting for all kinds of entertainment.  Pasa’s televises all the major sporting events on the big screen televisions throughout.  Throughout the week you will find live Hawaiian bands as well as karaoke nights.

Pasa’s offers reasonably priced cocktails and pupus (appetizers).  All the pupus are priced under $10, but the portions are large enough to fill you up.

You can contact them at (808) 887-6700 to find out what the entertainment schedule is for the week.

I would highly recommend Pasa’s for a place to go and have a good time at a reasonable price.

ZipLine Big Island Style

June 28th, 2009

The Big Island is home to a new and exciting activity that is in great demand. Once used as a mode of transportation for people and goods, zip lining started a craze for adventurous folks looking for an adrenaline rush. The start up of Big Island Eco Adventures Zipline Canopy Tour has combined the beauty of the Big Island with the thrill of the zip line.  This low impact activity requires low to moderate physical strength, which expands it’s popularity among more than just the adrenaline junkies.

Located in Kapa’au, just past the King Kamehameha statue is the check in base yard for the Zipline Canopy Tour. It is approximately an hour’s drive from Waikoloa Beach Resort. The maximum group count per tour will not exceed ten guests to ensure personal attention. Guests are then tucked into a Pinzgauer, a 6wd Swiss Army vehicle, for a 30 minute off road journey. The beauty of North Kohala provides gorgeous scenery as the ride takes you from a few hundred feet above sea level to the 2200’ level. Keep on the look out for wild pigs and wild cows.

Once you arrive at the course, a brief hike will deliver you to the first zip line which is in the 200’ long range. It is the keiki line, and it designed to gently welcome you to the ziplines. The remaining 7 ziplines increase in length, with the last one spanning approximately 1100’ feet. The ziplines give you an awesome view of the forest, ravines and at least 3 waterfalls. The last two will take your breath away with views of Maui, the Kohala Lighthouse and a waterfall. You may be an expert steersman by the end of the tour.

The course also includes a wooden bridge and a suspension bridge. A cantilevered pavilion affectionately known as the “Mac Nut Hut” offers a vantage point overlooking a 32’ waterfall. Delicious homemade snacks such as granola energy bars, pineapple or banana bread, or crackers with lilikoi butter have been prepared for you by a local children’s group. Home grown fresh fruits, macadamia nuts and Aloha drinks are also part of the snack stop.

The four hour adventure ends with your downhill Pinzgauer safari. During the winter season, you’ll also want to keep an eye out for whale sightings. This tour is one of the hottest new attractions, sure to leave you with a distinct memory of the Big Island that is only now available.

The tours are daily on the hour from 8 to 2.