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.
October 21, 2012
THE BEST WAY TO KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII From LAX, Delta, American and United offer nonstop service to Kailua-Kona, and United and Hawaiian offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $420 . WHERE TO SHOP Antiques & Orchids , 81-6224 Mamalahoa Highway, Captain Cook; (808) 323-9851. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. Discovery Antiques , 81-6593 Mamalahoa Highway, Kealakekua; (808) 323-2239. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.
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.
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March 12, 2014 |
A suspected domestic terrorist wanted for three bombings in Northern California may be hiding in Hawaii, the FBI announced Wednesday. Authorities are combing Hawaii's Big Island and focusing on the Puna and Pahoa communities south of Hilo on the island's eastern edge, where animal rights activist Daniel Andreas San Diego may be hiding, FBI officials said. San Diego, 36, is accused of detonating two bombs on the campus of a biotechnology corporation in August 2003 and of setting off a bomb with nails strapped to it at a nutritional products company in Pleasanton a month later.