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4WD or 2WD? What to rent on the Big Island

4WD or 2WD? What to rent on the Big Island

Not sure what car to rent on the Big Island? Confused over whether to rent a Jeep or a convertible? We take a look at the options and tell you what you need to know. Big Island rentals Photo credit: Kona Airport Renting a car while staying on the Big Island of Hawaii is essential ...
Top 5 hiking trails on the Kona Coast

Top 5 hiking trails on the Kona Coast

Captain Cook Monument trail / Photo credit: Lang Parker Stretch your legs and work off those holiday cocktails by taking a hike during your stay on the Big Island. There are plenty of spectacular hiking trails on the Kona Coast – these are our top 5 1. Captain Cook Monument Trail The Captain Cook Monument ...
Top 5 restaurants in South Kona

Top 5 restaurants in South Kona

Photo credit: TK Noodle House Looking to eat out in South Kona? Check out our top five restaurants in the area. Whether you crave a classic burger and fries, fresh sashimi, or something spicy, it’s all here on the Kona Coast. 1. Rebel Kitchen This local favorite serves a selection of salads, sandwiches and burgers, ...
What’s going on with Mauna Kea?

What’s going on with Mauna Kea?

Photo credit: Marco Garcia / New York Times The summit of Mauna Kea is a favorite tourist attraction, either to see a spectacular sunrise or sunset, or to stop by the visitors’ center to make use of the free telescopes to view the night sky on clear nights, as well as listen to an informative ...
The Keitt Mango

The Keitt Mango

Mango varieties If there’s one fruit that is most associated with the tropics, it’s the mango. If you live in an area like Hawaii, where mangoes are grown locally, people almost always have their favorite variety. Some 40 different varieties are grown on the islands, and of these there are about 10 which produce the ...
The Horizon Bicycle Diaries

The Horizon Bicycle Diaries

Cycling is a big part of my life and a great way to keep fit. Here on the Big Island of Hawaii there are plenty of places to cycle. One of my favorite routes is from Kona, north to Waikoloa. It’s approximately 50 miles and it takes me about 3 hours to complete the ride. Bicycle ...
Koa: The Big Island’s Magnificent Wood

Koa: The Big Island’s Magnificent Wood

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 that is grown only in Hawaii (endemic) – ...
Portuguese sweet bread French toast + homemade wholegrain cereal bread!

Portuguese sweet bread French toast + homemade wholegrain cereal bread!

French toast under lights There are two recipes which are considered the ‘most asked for’ from guests who have stayed at Horizon Guest House. The first is usually the whole grain hot cereal which we featured in an earlier blog post, and the second, is our delicious Portuguese sweet bread French toast. The Portuguese sweet bread I ...
Diving on the Big Island

Diving on the Big Island

The rare white sea urchin. Kona Coast. 40 ft depth. Photo credit: Clem Classen Diving in Hawaiian waters, whether it’s snorkelling or scuba, has always been regarded as one of the must-do diving experiences. But if you have ever dived in other locations around the world it may not be what you expect… *hint: it’s ...
Sunny: Queen of the Pastures

Sunny: Queen of the Pastures

Sunny is a special horse. Not just because she’s so special to us but also because she has an incredible pedrigree. Her official name is ‘Mirasol’ which means ‘look at the sun’ and she has been with us since 1996, when she came to us from Rancho Del Sueño in California. Sunny’s Family History The interesting ...
Wild Birds of Horizon: Part I

Wild Birds of Horizon: Part I

Kalij pheasants It’s not just domesticated animals you’ll see at Horizon Guest House. We have abundant wild bird life here on the property and in this post, part I of II, we’ll feature some of our favorites. Kalij pheasant The kalij pheasant was first introduced to Hawaii in 1962. The males are black with grey ...
Orchid Extravaganza!

Orchid Extravaganza!

Guests at Horizon Guest House often ask me ‘what makes Hawaii so special?’ and the first answer that usually comes to mind is ‘the weather’. The weather on the Big Island is consistent and doesn’t tend to change much throughout the year. The Big Island also has an added bonus – you can pick your weather within ...