August 9, 2009 |
Several beach parks on Hawaii's Big Island will be closed beginning Sunday afternoon because of Hurricane Felicia, which is expected to increase wave heights as it approaches land, Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency officials said Saturday. The National Weather Service in Honolulu, however, said Felicia would probably be downgraded to a tropical storm or tropical depression once it moves closer to Hawaii. Felicia peaked Thursday as a Category 4 storm with winds topping 140 mph. It entered the central Pacific on Saturday as a Category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. The storm was about 800 miles east of Hilo on Saturday morning.
August 2, 2011 |
King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua Village on Hawaii's Big Island trims 25 percent off room rates during August. This hotel has bounced back from the March tsunami caused by the deadly Japan quake that damaged its lobby, restaurant and grounds -- and soon will have a new name too. The deal: The Summer Promotion cuts room rates and provides free buffet breakfasts for children 12 years old and younger with a paying adult...
February 4, 2010 |
Take a ride in Ron Baird's pickup truck along the volcanic shore of Hawaii's Big Island and he'll show you an inventor's wonderland. On one parcel of this government-created energy laboratory, rows of mirrors shine white-hot in the sun, turning heat into energy. On another, brown water tanks harbor strands of algae that will be made into fuel. Nearby is a wind turbine whose blades spin parallel to the ground. "It's an awesome amount of things going on here," said Baird, chief executive of Natural Energy Research Laboratory of Hawaii Authority, which is helping to nurture 42 green private-sector businesses on 877 acres of land in Kona.
September 6, 2013 |
Visitors to Volcano House on Hawaii's Big Island can learn about the unique history of its oldest inn through a new tour being offered by park rangers starting Friday (today). Volcano House , on the edge of the active Kilauea volcano inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park , has welcomed visitors from around the world since a modest grass hut was erected on the site in 1846. Guests have included writers Robert Louis Stevenson and Mark Twain. Rangers will lead visitors on one-hour walking tours each day starting at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. The walk includes a stop at a replica of the original inn before moving on to the more substantial Volcano House built in 1877.
February 1, 2013 |
Visitors to Hawaii 's Big Island can immerse themselves in local culture and natural history Feb. 22-24, when Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden hosts the ninth-annual Grow Hawaiian Weekend . Besides the usual array of native plants in this garden in the village of Captain Cook, locals will share traditions such as the carving of nose flutes from stalks of bamboo. The roots of many of the weekend's activities are in the soil. For example, from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 22, the focus will be on taro, the potato-like root that's a staple of many Hawaiian's diets.
March 18, 2011 |
At least two major hotels on the western side of Hawaii’s Big Island remained closed this week after being damaged by ocean surges from the tsunami spawned by Japan’s March 11 earthquake. Some others were mopping up. Here’s a look at the status of several resorts as of Thursday: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Kailua-Kona: The resort will be closed until April 30 after sustaining damage from water, sand and debris that flowed onto the grounds, affecting mainly the pool areas, landscaping and a restaurant, plus 12 of the resort’s 243 guest rooms, the resort said in a statement.
October 1, 2013 |
You can help the environment and get stunning views at the same time, thanks to a new eco-tour on Hawaii's Big Island. Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods has begun offering daily off-road tours to the 1,000-acre site on the northern slope of Mauna Kea volcano where the company plans to regrow what was once a forest of koa , the largest native tree in the state. The forest once belonged to King Kamehameha the Great, Hawaii 's first king. It was clear-cut about a century ago to create land for farming and ranching.