A small swell pushes waves onto a’a lava on the Big Island’s Kona Coast, throwing a white mist into the air. Just across from Keauhou Bay, you will find hints of what the Big Island is well-known for…black sand beaches and fields of recent lava flows that dominate some areas.
You will also find nice ocean access and beautifully clear waters for paddling, diving, and fishing. There are no permanent rivers on this side of the island, which helps account for the ocean clarity–a lack of sand and lava-filtered water lead to 100+ foot underwater visibility.
Back mauka (up the hill), palm trees grace the shoreline along with long fields of green grass put in place by the Kona Country Club golf course. All-in-all this spot is a fine place to watch sunset in Hawaii.
A lone surfer makes one of many bottom turns for the morning after catching a set wave in a hidden bay on Hawaii’s Big Island. read more
Kamakapueo: Eye of the Owl. The bright eyes of a Pueo lock onto activity surrounding its roost at the Hilo Zoo on Hawaii’s Big Island with a casual intensity. read more
On the Big Island of Hawaii, new earth is born of rock, heat, pressure, and fire–that which destroys most other life around it. As this new land is added to the island, land beneath is covered over, sometimes meaning the end of plants, tress, and homes. read more
The Jackson’s Chameleon (Trioceros jacksonii, subspecies xantholophus) is one of the more interesting lizards found in Hawaii. Native to Kenya and Tanzania, this African import was brought to Hawaii in the ’70’s to breed and export to the exotic pet trade. read more
Located on Hawaii’s Big Island, Pu’u O’o is part of the longest continuously erupting volcano in two hundred years. It has been flowing since January 3, 1983. read more
Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) State Park on Hawaii’s Big Island is one of the most beautiful places to experience in the state. read more
An offering sits atop the Kuʻemanu Heiau, overlooking the surf at Kahalu’u Bay on Hawaii’s Big Island and surfers take to the waves. read more
Pololu Valley is seen through lau hala (hala leaves) from atop the overlook at the end of Hawaii highway 270 on the Big Island. read more
A little girl walks down a lava rock path to explore a Big Island beach near Keolonahihi State Historical Park in Kailua-Kona. read more
Bright blue ocean, deposited batches of a’a lava and the soft sand of Waialea Beach is framed by a Kiawe tree at this amazing Big Island beach. read more
This captivating shot of an orange spotted gecko (Phelsuma guimbeaui) shows off its striking orange stripes, blue rings, and green and yellow lines. read more