Waialea Beach also known as Beach 69 is located a quarter mile south of the popular Hapuna Beach in the Kohala district of the Big Island. Although not as widely known or popular as the larger Hapuna Beach, Beach 69 is a local favorite. One reason many locals prefer Beach 69 is because of the shade from the trees along the beach.

Sunsets from this beach are some of the best around. Parking is free at this beach that is managed by Hapuna State Recreational Park. On location there are showers and bathrooms. For those of you wondering why it is also called Beach 69, the answers is because of the mile marker 69 that is in front of the beach.

Snorkeling at this bay offers a diverse variety of marine life ranging from tropical fish, manta rays, octopus, non aggressive reef sharks. It is not advised to swim at this beach when the water is murky as it is never advised to swim in any beach when the water is murky due to the fact that large sharks may mistake a person for a marine animal. Sharks are not man eaters and will not attack a person unless they mistake it for prey. That is why sharks do not actually eat humans. After one bite they let go and realize they are not interested.

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Camping On The Big Island

Bonfires on the beach — an open starry sky – ocean waves gently hitting the shore – Camping on the Big Island is an exciting, memorable experience that will define your trip. For those who love the outdoors, spending a night in Hawaii’s wilderness is a brilliant idea. In this article, Big Island Flow will share three of our favorite camping spots on the Big Island.

Before you being your tropical backpacking excursion, remember most campsites require a permit or payment of some type.  Hawaii has 10 county parks that all require permits. You can camp in Volcanoes National Park for a $10.00 fee along with the park entrance fee. Depending on where you go, you may be able to find some free campsites in the Big Island’s State Parks.

Laupãhoehoe Beach Park

Located in the Hamakua District on the East side of the Big Island this site was once home to the east side of the islands other deep water channel, where the army corps of engineers constructed a sea wall and boat ramp. The dense jungle beach park is great for family gatherings, festivals and relaxing meditation. Camping is allowed on site. You can sign up online here.

Spencer Beach Park

One of the most popular campgrounds on the north side of the island, this campground site is located within walking distance to the historic site of Puukohola Heiau. The remains of this site are significant because of the locations position for the conquest of Hawaii. A respected kahuna (priest) named Kapoukahi suggested building a luakini heiau (sacrificial temple) to gain the favor of the war god Kūkaʻilimoku.

Kiholo Bay State Reserve

This state campground is in development, yet open to public. Camping is allowed on weekends only (Friday through Sunday nights), and sites may be reserved up to 30 days in advance of check-in.  Overnight parking permits for campers must be displayed during park closed hours or vehicles may be cited and/or towed at owner’s expense.  Maximum three parking permits per permittee.

Kapa`a Beach Park

At this location in the Kohala district, the beaches are small and private, with few areas to swim. There are pavilions open during the daylight hours along with shaded campsites available. Restrooms and running water are limited on this site so it is advised to think ahead.

Kohanaiki Beach Park

Located near Kohanaiki Golf Club Community, this sandy beach and rocky shoreline has tidepools for children and some trees for shade. A popular spot with surfers to ride waves although there is a shallow reef.

Isaac Hale Beach Park

Isaac Hale Beach Park, also known as Pohoiki located in the Puna district is an oceanfront park, boat launch and surf location along Pohoiki Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii. A popular spot for surfing in Puna thanks to the southern swells that make this place one of the best places to surf on island. Along the coast there is geothermal hot ponds that some people like to explore.

Punalu’u County Beach Park

Spend a night on one of the world’s most beautiful, unique black sand beaches. Punalu’u County Beach Park is a fantastic location to pitch your tent. Here you can enjoy the ocean, but still find plenty of shade. In the morning, Hawaiian sea turtles often sunbathe on the beach. If you are lucky enough to spot these friendly creatures, be sure to be kind and respect their space. The ocean at Piinalu’u is crystal clear making it a wonderful place to swim in Hawaii’s warm waters. The ocean is often teaming with gorgeous Hawaiian fish (especially in the morning) spend the day snorkeling.

Volcanoes National Park

If you are the adventurous type spend a few nights in the back country of Volcanoes National Park. You will need to pay a non-refundable $10.00 fee, but it covers up to 12 people for 7 nights. In return, the park provides eight backcountry campsites: Ka‘aha, Halapē, Keauhou, ‘Āpua Point, Nāpau, Pepeiao Cabin, Red Hill Cabin and Mauna Loa Cabin. Volcanoes National Park is a fantastic place to explore with an endless amount to see. It is an ideal campsite for people who want to spend more time in nature.

Ho’Okena Beach Park

Ho`okena Beach Park is an ancient fishing village, as well as an olden day commercial cattle steamship pier with some remains reaching out to sea. The beach is an exotic blend of fine gray coral and white sand. Great for beginner swimmers.  You can snorkel and swim with turtles, tropical fish and occasional dolphins if you go out far enough.

The Big Island’s gorgeous climate, endless beaches, and relaxed vibe creates a wonderful camping environment. Hawaii’s beach culture makes it easy and affordable to find all of the amenities you need to stay clean, hydrated, and happy while camping. If you are lucky, you may be able to find some secret and free camp sites that will truly blow your mind. Begin planning your adventure with Big Island Flow. We are happy to help.

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Golfing on the Big Island Hawaii

There are many reasons people come from far and wide for  golfing on the big island of Hawaii. Golf challenges its participants to develop their hand eye coordination all while enjoying the pleasure of being outside with friends. For many golfers, Hawaii is a dream destination. The Big Island offers some of the best golf courses in the country. If you are golfer, not much is better than enjoying paradise on a well designed, course with plenty of variety. In this article, Big Island Flow will share 4 amazing golf course on the Big Island.

Hapuna Golf Course

Hapuna Golf Course has it all – a rugged Hawaii beauty that comes of greens set amidst a dark lava field, seemingly endless ocean and coastline views, challenging play and a full range of facilities and services. The course is a favorite among vacationing guests and local residents alike. With its seemingly endless views and dramatic elevation changes beginning at sea level and rising to 700 feet, Hapuna Golf Course nestles into the rugged desert terrain above the west shore of Hawaii’s Big Island. This Arnold Palmer / Ed Seay golf course is a championship “links-style” design that was built in 1992 and stretches to just under 6,900 yards.

Makalei Golf Club

Makalei Golf Club is situated in the Kona region on the west side of Hawaii Island, known for its cool climates and world famous coffee farms, Makalei boasts an elevation range from 1,800 to 2,850 feet.  This Kona golf layout is a cool, scenic, lush forest alternative to the island’s coastal golf course experiences.  The temperate climate, lush surrounding forests, and elevation offer a great challenge for golfers of all skill levels.

Mauna Kea Golf Course

“Mr. Rockefeller, if you allow me to build a golf course here, this’ll be the most beautiful hole in the world.” Robert Trent Jones, Sr., at the 3rd hole site. Mauna Kea Golf Course ushers in a new age of golf with innovative new Golfboards, a fun way to carve through a round of golf in record time and surf the earth. Available for both golfers and non-golfers ages 16 and up. New in 2016 – all carts now come with GPS to offer golfers a little extra help when determining yardages and distances to the hole.

South Course at Mauna Lani Resort

For an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean you have to visit South Course at Mauna Lani Resort. This fabulous course has a fabulous layout allowing its players to gold as long as 272 yards over a section of the gorgeous, turquoise pacific. The course is always beautifully maintained with a challenging, but fun layout. South Course at Mauna Lani Resort is by far one of Hawaii’s best courses.

Waikoloa Village Golf Club

The Waikoloa Village Golf Club has a number of great courses, but the Beach Course and King’s Course are especially wonderful. The King’s Course is cut out of a dramatic lava filed that stands out beautifully against the island’s rich, jungle greenery.  This course offers variety keeping it fresh and making it memorable. You will feel like royalty playing on the King’s Course.

While the Beach Course is the epitome of relaxation. However, keep in mind the Beach Course’s winds can make your game tricky. When playing the Beach Course be sure to wear layers.

Hualalai Golf Course

Like all the other splendid amenities of the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature Hualalai Golf Course has been crafted with extreme sensitivity to the land.  Winding over 7,100 yards, this carefully groomed course begins in a lush kipuka (oasis) and then flows across brilliant green fairways contoured against black lava. Finally, the course returns to the ocean, where the finishing holes capture the drama and the beauty of direct seaside golf. After an exhilarating game, relax in the clubhouse where tropical refreshments, ocean views and a club-away-from-home experience await you.

Kona Country Club’s Ocean Course

Just six miles from downtown Kona, is Kona Country Club’s Ocean Course. This is course is less known, but entirely beautiful. You will find this course to be reasonably priced while still offering a scenic ocean view. Kona Country Club’s Ocean Course used to host an LPGA Tour event, so you know it offers a challenging, respectable course. This course offers an amazing time, but is still challenging.  If time allows, be sure to check out Kona Country Club’s Mountain Course too!

Waikoloa Beach Golf Club

Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf reaches a crescendo at the Kings’ Course, which delivers a memorable round from the first tee to the 18th green. Designers Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish crafted a Scottish links-style layout at the Kings’ that fits with Weiskopf philosophy of demanding the best from the golfer yet doing so in a way that does not overly penalize miss-hit shots.

Kohanaiki Golf Club

Kohanaiki is an invitation-only private residential club community in Hawai’i, carefully crafted on 450 oceanfront acres of the Big Island of Hawai`i. Located near the popular surfing destination known as Pinetree’s Kohanaiki is home to the only Rees Jones golf course in Hawai`i. The course is a 7,329-yard, par-72 course.

Big Island Country Club

Big Island Country Club is designed by famed golf architect Pete Dye. The course features wide fairways and water in play on nine of the 18 holes. Situated on the lower slopes of Mauna Kea mountain, the course offers Hawaii visitor and resident golfers a cooler climate with refreshing air and sweeping vistas of mountains and the ocean.

Volcano Golf and Country Club

If you are near Volcanoes National park be sure to check out Volcano Golf and Country Club. This unique course sits on the rime of the active Kilauea volcanic crater. With incredible views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, you will not forget this course any time soon. How often do you get play golf near an active volcano?  With the guidance of of the Hawaiian Fire Goddess, Pele, you may have one of your best games at Volcano Golf and Country Club.

Sea Mountain Golf Club

The 18-hole Sea Mountain Golf Course in Pahala, HI is a public golf course that opened in 1971. Designed by Jack Snyder, Sea Mountain Golf Course measures 6416 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 129 and a 71.1 USGA rating. a Mountain Golf Course Resort -18 Holes – Par 72.

Hilo Municipal Golf Course

Not far from Hilo, Hilo Municipal Golf Course offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level.Currently under renovation the Hilo Municipal Golf Course is open for holes 1-9 as the back nine is being renovated.

Banyan’s Golf Club

This beautifully landscaped 9-hole golf course, conveniently located within Hotel grounds, features 2,875 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 35. It was designed by Alexander Kahapea and was built in 1970. The course is open daily and includes golf instruction, a putting green and a driving range.

When visiting Hawaii leave plenty of time for golf. The Big Island has a plethora of fantastic courses that will make your holiday. You are bound to have a fantastic time all four of these courses.   The course is 18 holes, par 72, a total of 6,547 yards of playing area.

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Big Island’s Fire Goddess, Madame Pele

Every year thousands of tourists visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The National Park is home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes. You must be flexible with your travel plans because the volcano is lively, spontaneous. The erratic nature of this national park makes is even more exciting to visit. Yes, Volcanoes National Park is a great destination to explore but it also holds spiritual importance. It is home to the fire goddess, Madame Pele. Legend has it she lives on the big island, at Kīlauea, Hualalai, Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and Kohala. In this article, Big Island Flow will discuss the significance of Pele to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Hawaiian people.

A Brief Synopsis of Madame Pele

Learning a bit about Hawaiian mythology is an important task before visiting Volcanoes National Park. For many locals, Madame Pele is more than just myth – she is a faith – she is a deity. According to ancient Hawaiian mythology, the Hawaiian Islands were formed by the fire goddess, Madame Pele. Legend claims Madame Pele still lives in Halemaʻumaʻu crater Kīlauea. There are multiple legends of how and why Pele came to Hawaii. Some say she was born here. Others claim she wanted to travel; there’s even rumor her older sister persuaded her to come to Hawaii after seducing her husband. One thing is clear, Madame Pele represents passion, power, jealously, and change.  As a result, she’s an important symbol to Hawaii and ought to be respected.

Respecting Madame Pele & Volcanoes National Park

You can respect Madame Pele and her home by leaving no trace. Pick up after yourself. Respect the Big Island Community. Do not bring volcanic rock home. Bringing volcanic rock off the island is terrible luck. Visitors who do so often send their stones back to Volcanoes National Park begging Madame Pele for forgiveness (seriously, do not mess around with Pele’s home). Recognizing the cultural importance of Volcanoes National Park will make you appreciate your journey there even more. Further, you will gain a greater insight of what it means to be Hawaiian.

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Traditional Hawaiian Food

Traditional Hawaiian food is influenced by the Pacific Polynesian Islands, yet still entirely its own. Hawaii’s diverse population has cultivated a number of delicious meals that you must try. Additionally, Hawaii’s warm, tropical climate makes many of these foods lightweight and fruity. This article will share three traditional Hawaiian foods.


Poke echoes the taste of Japanese sashimi except it’s more savory and salty. Rather than slicing the fish thin, Poke is diced in thick bite size cubes. They have a real bite (something sashimi misses). Poke is typically made with ahi (tuna) but other fresh saltwater fish may be used too. You can find poke in countless different tastes – spicy mayo poke – limu poke – and countless others.

Fresh Tropical Fruit

This little list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning tasty tropical fruit native to Hawaii. Fruit is a staple of almost everyone living on the island. Citrus fruit is abundant and free! Mangoes – lilikoi (passion fruit) – lychee – pineapple – Hawaii has it all. It is common for fruit to be served at nearly every meal and sometimes as a meal in itself.


Poi is a staple food in traditional Hawaiian cuisine. This starchy dish is made from taro or corm root that is typically pounded or baked. Poi can be quite bitter especially if its made from taro root. Fresh poi is more sweet and is great by itself but when it becomes sour its typically used as a condiment for salted fish.

In conclusion, Hawaii is a great place to explore unique flavors that you wouldn’t normally encounter on the Mainland. Be sure to check out these dishes at a Farmers’ Market or Luau. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even try to make them yourself. Either way, they are sure to be tasty!


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Top Farmers’ Markets on the Big Island

The Big Island has an island culture that is environmentally conscious, self-reliant, and invested in its community. These values are best displayed in public places like Farmers’ Markets. The Big Island has some of the best farmers’ markets in the United States. These cultural hubs are a meeting place and they help Hawaii’s local economy. Locals  know food from Farmers Markets are typically more fresh and less expensive. This article will highlight three fantastic Farmers Markets on the Big Island.

Kona Sunset Market

If you live or are vacationing near on the Kona side of the Big Island, checkout the Kona Sunset Farmers’ Market. You can sense this market’s party vibe. It is open from 2:00 PM to dark every Wednesday. You can find the market on Kamakahea Avenue you will find locally grown, locally made products. Kona Sunset Market’s top priority is offering social and economic opportunities to locals that will allow for greater self-reliance in the local community.

Hilo Market

Hilo’s Farmers’ Market is a great place to visit if you want reliable, fresh produce every day of the week. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, the market has over 200 local crafters and farmers. Every other day of the week there are a little over 30 crafters and farmers. If you live in Hilo this a great, reliable market for almost all of your groceries. You can find this marked in historic downtown Hilo, at the corner of Mamo Street and Kamehameha avenue.

Maku’u Farmer’s Market

You can find Maku’u Farmers’ Market on Keaau-Pahoa Road (about 3 miles away from Pahoa).  Maku’u Farmers’ Market a well known Farmers’ Market on the Big Island. This is a fantastic place to listen to live music, indulged in tropical syrup gummi bears, and find fresh produce from all over the island. What visitors like most about this market is its roomy, spacious and it never feels overcrowded. Maku’u Farmer’s Market is the largest market on the island but it never feels overwhelming. It’s a great place to spend Sunday afternoon. Sunday Funday.

In conclusion, Farmers’ Markets are a way to experience local life. Get a taste of where you are. Check-out Farmers’ Markets on the Big Island.

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The Big Island’s Jungle Town — Hilo

A Small Jungle and Coastal Town

On the Big Island, tourists are usually most familiar with the resort town Kailua-Kona. Kailua-Kona welcomes guests yearly to its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. There is plenty to like about Kailua-Kona but the Big Island has other fantastic coastal towns that are often overlooked. One small beach town that is often under represented is Hilo, Hawaii. Hilo is located on the wetter, northeastern coast of Hawaii (it’s in the jungle). Hilo is known for its rural community.  Located approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes from Kailua-Kona and approximately 45 minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo is a great launching point to see other areas of Hawaii. The small coastal town Hilo is gifted with dramatic waterfalls, endless gardens, and fertile rain forests.

A Brief History

Like many Hawaiian towns, Hilo is rooted in a Polynesian ancestry. The earliest citizens arrived in 1100 AD. Hilo’s artifacts from this time are scarce but its oral history is rich and survives today. Hilo is known for its production of sugarcane beginning in the 1800’s. The production of sugarcane allowed the town to develop and eventual become the most populated community on the Big Island. The small coastal town has miraculously survived a number of natural disasters. Today, the town is a colorful community shaded by Hawaii’s plentiful jungle with a rich history and plenty to do.

More to Hilo

Visitors can embark on numerous journeys in the Hilo area.  Visit Rainbow Falls for spectacular views and a location that is easy to reach.  Alaska Falls State Park is another great location you can explore. You can Zipline over the falls and Hilo’s magnificent jungle, an experience you will not soon forget. Let your jaw drop. Further, there are paved trails for easy accesses and navigation. For a sleepy, dreamy night visit Mauna Kea. Mauna Kea is a mystical place for stargazing and making a wish. Also, Hilo is known for its blossoming botanical gardens. Do not end your trip without visiting  Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and Hilo’s Japaneses Garden. These are both lovely gardens to enjoy a sunny afternoon.

A Unique Experience

In sum, Hilo is a popular destination for people who are looking to have an nontraditional experience on the Big Island. If this is your second or third tip to the Big Island, visit Hilo for a different experience. Even if this is your first trip to the Island, Hilo is worth a visit for a more diverse, interesting holiday. Expand your horizons in Hilo. Gain a real taste of local life on the Big Island from this small coastal town. Get into the Big Island flow.

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Exploring Magical Mauna Kea

According to ancient Hawaiian mythology, the peaks of each Hawaiian island are sacred. Many people believe this to be true. This is one reason (among others) that Hawaiian culture harnesses a great respect for planet earth and environmental sustainability – it’s a product of spirituality.  The summit, Mauna Kea, is one of Hawaii’s sacred peaks. So, if you visit Mauna Kea, treat the peak with the same environmental respect and care as the locals.


Spiritual and Scientific Significance

Standing 13,802 ft (4,207 m) above sea level, Mauna Kea is an ancient relic of Hawaii’s earliest landscape. This dormant volcano is estimated to be about a million years old, as a result it has been thousands of years since the volcano was active. Furthermore, Mauna Kea’s age makes its terrain more rugged than it’s neighboring volcanoes. You can sense the peak’s timeless stance; the volcano communicates wisdom and ancient truth. Mauna Kea is spiritually important and it is also used to look to the heavens. The peak’s dry environment and high elevation makes it an excellent site for cosmological discovery. The summit has thirteen telescopes and numerous observatories that eleven countries are invested in.

Visiting Mauna Kea

A 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended if you want to explore this summit. Also, forewarning, many rental companies do not allow their vehicles on the volcano, so  if an accident happens, you are responsible. Also, you are not allowed to camp on the summit but visitors can hike to the top of Pu’u Kalepeamoa. At night, many visitors flock to the summit for dreamy stargazing. Although, because of oxygen levels, visitors will be able to see the stars best from the Mauna Kea Visitor Center.

Mauna Kea Heavens Timelapse from Sean Goebel on Vimeo.

In conclusion, Mauna Kea is an excellent attraction for travelers that want to keep their Hawaiian experience rooted in nature. To understand Hawaiian culture, it’s imperative to understand Hawaiian land.  Mauna Kea is an excellent place to start begin your lesson.

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Visit the Southernmost Point of the U.S.

Take it Chill or Live on the Edge Venture to the southernmost point of the Big Island and of the United States – Head to Ka Lae. Ka Lae is a National Historic Landmark, registered under the name South Point Complex. South Point is a brilliant spot to checkout incredible views of the great pacific. […]