Category Archives: Hawaii

Itsu’s Fishing Supplies: Our Favorite Shave Ice (a.k.a. Ice Shave) on the Big Island of Hawaii

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Now that Spring has arrived, I am finally able to return to blogging from my outdoor patio (yeah!) and this warm weather has me wishing for some Hawaiian shave ice. Shave ice is where a block of ice is “shaved” and formed into a ball with flavored syrup poured on top. The treat is typically served in a paper cone or cup. Often the flavor and calories are amped up by adding sweetened condensed milk on top, adding ice cream to the bottom, and/or adding azuki bean paste. It’s similar to a snow cone except the ice has been shaved rather than crushed, resulting in “fluffier” ice. This dessert, which is believed to have originated in Japan over a 1,000 years ago, has become a local island food in the state of Hawaii, particularly on the Big Island. On the Big Island, it is also called ice shave by many locals, Read the Rest…

A Guide to Ziplining on the Big Island of Hawaii

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Ziplining on the Big Island of Hawaii is one of many potential adventures you might embark on when exploring this wonderful island. Zip line adventures allow you to soar from tree to tree in rain forests and across canyons, allowing you to take in views of waterfalls, rivers, and tropical wildlife from a bird’s point of view. The Hawaiian islands are a popular place for ziplining and several companies on the Big Island offer the opportunity to zipline above the tree canopies. It was on the Big Island that Ethan and I both went ziplining for the first time together!  We had so much fun and felt like it was a perfect place to have our first ziplining experience. We’ll list some of the popular ziplining tour companies on the Big Island, let you know which company we chose, and share our experience and photos of ziplining on the Big Read the Rest…

Big Island Snorkeling: Guide to Snorkeling on the Big Island of Hawaii

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Snorkeling on the Big Island of Hawaii is perhaps the best in the state, and many would say that snorkeling here may be the best in the country. The waters are clearer and calmer here than the other Hawaiian islands, and there are several excellent Big Island snorkeling sites. There are tons of tropical fish and marine life to be discovered in these clear blue waters—it can be a bit like having your own natural aquarium! So if you are thinking about snorkeling on the Big Island, read on. We’ll give our advice on the top Big Island snorkeling sites, discuss the pros and cons of doing it on your own versus going on a boat tour, provide tips about where to get your snorkeling gear, and share our own experiences snorkeling on the Big Island. Best Big Island Snorkeling Sites  While everyone has their favorite snorkeling spots, we would venture Read the Rest…

Top Must-See Waterfalls on the Big Island of Hawaii

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Aloha! While all of the islands of Hawaii have waterfalls, none are perhaps as accessible as some of the ones on the Big Island of Hawaii. Most of the waterfalls can be seen along the northeastern coast of the island, along the Hamakua and Hilo Coast. While part of the island is a dark desert of dry volcanic rock, this part of the island is green, wet, and supports amazing lush vegetation, rainforests, and botanical gardens. And of course, some spectacular waterfalls! I love waterfalls and have been lucky to have had the opportunity to spend about 2 weeks on the Big Island and seeing many, but certainly not all, of these wonderful cascading waterfalls. In addition to the waterfalls listed, there are a number of others that are unnamed or exist in inaccessible areas of the island. Now, all the waterfalls listed below are located between the Waipi’o Valley (located near Read the Rest…