What happened to the sugar? The history of the sugar industry on the Big Island of Hawaii

What happened to the sugar? The history of the sugar industry on the Big Island of Hawaii

Last Updated on March 25, 2022 by Angus. Photo credit: hawaiilife.com Wild sugar cane still grows on the Big Island but the sugar industry was once a big part of the state’s economy, supplying sugar to the mainland and employing large numbers of people. History The first sugar mill in the state was built on READ MORE
Shave Ice on the Big Island of Hawaii

Shave Ice on the Big Island of Hawaii

Last Updated on March 7, 2022 by Angus. Photo credit: Hawaiian Airlines The 100% Hawaiian frozen treat has become an iconic part of life in the islands. It’s a simple recipe – super finely shaved ice, drizzled with a selection of rainbow-colored syrups. And don’t forget, it’s shave ice (no ‘d’ required)! History Shave ice READ MORE
Hawaii Island’s Most Endangered Bird: The Palila

Hawaii Island’s Most Endangered Bird: The Palila

Last Updated on March 7, 2022 by Angus. Photo credit: Judd Patterson via birdsinfocus.com The palila is one of the largest living Hawaiian honeycreepers and one of the rarest. At one time these colorful birds lived on Oahʻu and Kauaʻi but amazingly they are now only found on very small area of land on the READ MORE
The Kukui Nut Tree: The State Tree of Hawaii

The Kukui Nut Tree: The State Tree of Hawaii

Last Updated on July 13, 2023 by Angus. Can you identify the state tree of Hawaii? Hint: it’s not a palm tree. It’s the Kukui Nut Tree. This tree is widespread throughout the Hawaiian Islands and plays an important part in Hawaiian culture and mythology. The Kukui nut has a wide variety of uses including READ MORE
Visit Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau Place of Refuge

Visit Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau Place of Refuge

Last Updated on January 30, 2022 by Angus. Hale O Keawe. Photo credit: Lovebigisland.com Find out what makes Pu’uhonua o Honaunau such a special site on the Big Island of Hawaii. From history to architecture, this is a must-see attraction! 1. Royal grounds In ancient Hawaiʻi the Royal Grounds were considered the center of power. READ MORE
Dark Chocolate Cherry Muffins

Dark Chocolate Cherry Muffins

Last Updated on December 23, 2021 by Angus. Dark chocolate and dried cherry muffins made with a healthy serving of oats, peanut butter, and yogurt! Perfect for the holidays, these muffins are made with canola oil and a reduced amount of sugar. A generous amount of Greek yoghurt also gives them a unique flavor.  Get READ MORE
Microwave Rocky Road Fudge

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge

Last Updated on December 22, 2021 by Angus. Delicious chocolate fudge packed with peanuts and marshmallows to make a chewy, crunchy, salty & sweet Rocky Road Fudge! This recipe is quick and super easy to make in the microwave. Get the recipe Ingredients • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips• 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk• 1/4 READ MORE
Big day out: renting a boat and exploring the Kona Coast

Big day out: renting a boat and exploring the Kona Coast

Last Updated on November 30, 2021 by Angus. What could be better than cruising along the Kona Coast? We took the plunge. We rented a boat from Kona Boat Rentals for the day to find out how it works, what it costs and, crucially, is it worth it? Big day out We all arrived at READ MORE
Off the beaten track: Makalawena Beach

Off the beaten track: Makalawena Beach

Last Updated on November 30, 2021 by Angus. Makalawena Beach is located in Kekaha Kai State Park on the west side of the Big Island. The beach park is located north of Kona and is one of the lesser known and little-visited of the white sand beaches on the island, and is well worth the READ MORE
Pumpkin and apple muffins

Pumpkin and apple muffins

Last Updated on November 10, 2021 by Angus. Perfect for this time of year, pumpkin and apple muffins make a great alternative to the pumpkin pie. This recipe is quick and easy! Add a pecan and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar for that something extra. Get the recipe Ingredients 3 cups flour1 tbsp baking soda1 READ MORE
Cleopatra & Ele’ele: Horizon’s newest and cutest Labrador retrievers

Cleopatra & Ele’ele: Horizon’s newest and cutest Labrador retrievers

Last Updated on November 3, 2021 by Angus. As many of you might be aware we’ve been without dogs for a while and it just so happened that recently we made contact with a breeder who was only weeks away from having some puppies available – and we couldn’t resist! Day 1 After a short READ MORE
Easy lemon yoghurt cake

Easy lemon yoghurt cake

Last Updated on September 28, 2021 by Angus. This recipe for lemon yoghurt cake uses oil instead of butter and delivers a moist lemon cake. Almost as easy as the all-in-one chocolate cake, our own version involves mixing all wet and dry ingredients separately and then together – easy! Get the recipe Ingredients For the READ MORE