Place Spotlights

Place Spotlights

Looking for some excellent places on the Big Island?

Here we take a look at our favorite snorkeling, surfing, paddling, and relaxing spots. These are the places you’ll find us on our days off. We try to touch on the spot, why it’s fantastic, and its cultural significance and history.

  • Kua Bay

    Kua Bay

    Officially called Manini’owali Beach, most locals and books still refer to this gorgeous beach as Kua Bay. This is one of our most highly recommended beaches north of Kona. Part of Kekaha Kai (lit. 'the shore line') State Park, it is a perfect beach for sunset watching, boogie-boarding, hiking, and just having a relaxed time with your family. More >
  • Laaloa Beach Bay

    La’aloa Bay Beach

    La'aloa means 'very sacred' in Hawaiian. Often called White Sands, Magic Sands, or Disappearing Sands, this small, fun beach on the main drag in Kona is one of our favorites. So-named for the fact that the beach's sand comes and goes seemingly overnight when big storms come, when the sand is in, it is a great place to relax and play in the shore break. More >
  • Kahaluu Bay, Kona Snorkeling in Ocean

    Kahalu’u Beach Park

    You may have already visited Kahalu'u Bay in Kona near mile marker 5 on Alii Drive. But you might not know that it is one of Kona's premier beach parks. Originally the spot of several... More >
  • Kealakekua Bay From Maninis

    Kealakekua Bay

    Kealakekua Bay is a sacred and beautiful place. We are privileged to enjoy it and share it with others. This sweet pocket of historical importance, unmatched snorkeling, and onshore adventure is the most protected deep water bay in all of Hawaii. More >
Puako Petroglyphs

Hawaiian Petroglyphs

The largest concentration of petroglyphs in the Pacific (over 3,000 carvings) is on the Big Island near the small town of Puako. Petroglyphs, or kii pohaku, are lava rock carvings etched into stone by Native... More >