Koa: The Big Island’s Treasured Wood

Koa: The Big Island’s Treasured Wood

Last Updated on May 1, 2024 by Angus. Pig board showing example of ‘compression or fire’ very rare even for curly koa To the casual visitor, Hawaii is sunshine and beaches. But it’s more than that. If you visit often, or for long enough, or are lucky enough to live here, you’ll discover a unique product READ MORE
All about Big Island Lava and the Hawaiian Diamond

All about Big Island Lava and the Hawaiian Diamond

Last Updated on May 1, 2024 by Angus. A’a and Pahoehoe lava Hawaii is a series of islands composed, primarily, of lava. Lava isn’t all the same. Two main types are A’a (ah-ah) and pahoehoe (paw-hoey-hoey). There is also a third type, but you’re not likely to encounter it as it forms during submarine eruptions, this READ MORE
Kealia Ranch Store

Kealia Ranch Store

Last Updated on April 8, 2024 by Angus. The Kealia Ranch Store is famous for its shaved ice, and it’s definitely worth a stop to check out their stock of local arts and crafts – and snacks! The Kealia Ranch was originally founded in 1915 and is still operating as a working cattle ranch today, READ MORE
In the orchard at Horizon: what we grow to harvest

In the orchard at Horizon: what we grow to harvest

Last Updated on April 8, 2024 by Angus. We have a large variety of fruit trees that we grow here on the property. Growing conditions on the Big Island are perfect for almost everything although some varieties can be tricky and the harvest unpredictable. Avocados We have two varieties, the sharwil and the kahalu’u. Avocado READ MORE
South Kona Fruit Stand

South Kona Fruit Stand

Last Updated on March 5, 2024 by Angus. The South Kona Fruit Stand has been a fixture in South Kona for a number of years. They grow and sell their own produce as well as serving smoothies, coffee and sandwiches. The fruit stand is located just south of the intersection of Highway 11 & Highway READ MORE
Restaurant review: The Korner Pocket Sports Bar & Grill

Restaurant review: The Korner Pocket Sports Bar & Grill

Last Updated on March 5, 2024 by Angus. The Korner Pocket Sports Bar & Grill is a South Kona institution. Popular with locals and tourists alike, Korner Pocket is in Kealakekua close to Highway 11. Open every day, they also do a Sunday brunch. A great place to stop on your way south! We arrived READ MORE
Strawberry Shortcake with Baked Oats

Strawberry Shortcake with Baked Oats

Last Updated on February 4, 2024 by Angus. This is a breakfast cake! A unique take on a strawberry shortcake, made with oat flour (easy to make yourself). This cake is a great way to prep tasty breakfasts for the week ahead. Get the recipe Ingredients Cake 5-6 Large Strawberries (Mashed) 4 Dates (soak in READ MORE
The Amazing Nēnē – the Hawaiian Goose

The Amazing Nēnē – the Hawaiian Goose

Last Updated on February 4, 2024 by Angus. Photo credit: Jack Jeffrey The state bird of Hawai’i is the Nēnē. It is also the rarest goose in the world – in fact it’s one of the most endangered waterfowl species on earth. Efforts to increase the nēnē population are ongoing and have been successful. History READ MORE
Chocolate Cherry Bars

Chocolate Cherry Bars

Last Updated on January 5, 2024 by Angus. Perfect for the holiday season, these chocolate bars are sweet, chewy and snack-size. These bars can be made with different types of preserves but we went for cherry because it’s such a great combination with chocolate. Get the recipe This recipe is a variation on a Bob’s READ MORE
The Mighty Hawaiian Avocado

The Mighty Hawaiian Avocado

Last Updated on January 9, 2024 by Angus. Everyone loves avocados. Hawaiian avocados have a delicious, rich, creamy flavor and are packed with healthy oils. The Hawaiian climate makes growing avocados easy and they’ve become one of Hawaii’s favorite exports. 200 avocado varieties There are over 200 different avocado varieties grown throughout the Hawaiian Islands. READ MORE
Snorkeling Kahalu’u Beach Park

Snorkeling Kahalu’u Beach Park

Last Updated on December 6, 2023 by Angus. Photo credit: lovebigisland.com Kahalu’u Beach Park is one the most popular snorkeling spots on the Big Island of Hawaii. While we recommend Two Step and Kealakekua Bay as two of the best, Kahaluʻu Bay has its own charm. The beach park is located in calm water only READ MORE
Key Lime Pie with Almond Macadamia Nut Crust

Key Lime Pie with Almond Macadamia Nut Crust

Last Updated on December 5, 2023 by Angus. Key Lime Pie is a classic and we decided to make it with a twist! We had some guests that were gluten-free so the challenge was to create a tasty crust without the gluten. The answer was a combination of almond flour and roasted ground macadamia nuts. READ MORE