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April 22, 2012 | By George Fuller, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Travelers may think of Hawaii as the land of surfboards, sunsets and mai tais, but there's a lava flow of reasons to go beyond the beaches and discover why residents say they are lucky to live in Hawaii. And, yes, some of the state's best beaches are found on the Big Island. But don't get stuck there. Do what the locals do: Swim with the honu. There are five snorkeling areas along the Big Island's Kohala Coast: Puako Bay, Waialea Beach (Beach 69), Hapuna Beach, Mauna Kea and Mauume.
January 2, 2010 | By LAUREN BEALE
Between performing in her lavish Las Vegas show and making movies, Cher still finds time to pursue her other passion: designing and decorating houses. The star's latest project is an 8,821-square-foot luxury compound she just completed in Kona, Hawaii, and plans to sell at auction Jan. 18. Although this is the first time the singer-actress has attempted to sell a residence by auction, she used the process to bring top dollar for the contents of her Malibu house in 2006, when she ended her Gothic Revivalist phase.
April 18, 2010 | By Jay Jones
The TV commercial for an insurance company — the one in which a gecko is seen putting a dollar bill that's bigger than it is into a vending machine for a bag of chips — is certainly memorable. But it's also implausible. Anyone who truly knows the little lizards realizes they'll take a sweet treat over a salty one (like chips) every time. Just ask Bob and Pam Cooper. The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory in Kailua-Kona (Big Island) offers tours Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $10 for adults.
September 6, 2013 | By Jay Jones
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 | By Jay Jones
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 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Jay Jones
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.
March 12, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
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.
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