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Hawaii Island is the heart of Hawaii’s breadbasket. The bulk of the state’s agricultural products are grown and processed here, and our farm and ranch products continue to flourish, nourished by the popularity of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, a culinary showcase for fresh, local and culturally-inspired ingredients.
Hawaii Island is an agricultural cornucopia. Macadamia nuts, coffee, orchids and other tropical plants, papaya, mango, cacao, jackfruit, vanilla, ginger root, kava, goat cheese, honey, hearts of palm, and exotic fruits like durian, rambutan, star fruit, cheremoya, figs, lychee, and dragon fruit are just a sample of what Hawaii’s farms have to offer.
The coffee culture in Hawaii Island is especially strong. Started in the late 1820s, the farms and mills in the famous Kona coffee region, as well as Kau and other nearby areas, are renowned for their award-winning coffee beans, expert roasting and superior flavor.
When in Hawaii, eat as the locals eat. For an up-close introduction to local foods, explore Hawaii Island’s colorful farmers’ markets. Aside from a wide variety of fresh-picked vegetables, fruits and prepared foods—some of which you may not have seen before—you’ll find crafts, gifts, artwork and so much more.
As far as childhood memories go, this may be hard to beat. Watch as your kids run over several Japanese bridges in Liliuokalani Gardens. See them discover ancient petroglyphs carved into the rocks at sites along the Kohala Coast. Let them stargaze through telescopes at the Ellison S. Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, 9,300 feet atop Maunakea (but note that the high altitude may not be suitable for younger children). Or join them as you explore the planetarium and interactive exhibits in the amazing Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii.
Outdoor adventures abound at family friendly parks and beaches with lifeguards and full picnic and restroom facilities. Build a sandcastle, explore tide pools, or snorkel with your kids to catch a glimpse of Hawaii Island’s rich marine life. And always remember to avoid walking on coral and to keep an eye on your children at all times in the water. Heed all posted signs and check with lifeguards for current conditions and to find the best spots for kids.
Hawaiian chefs skillfully blend Hawaii's diverse ethnic flavors with culinary techniques and influences from around the globe. Taking advantage of the freshest island ingredients, such as cattle raised on the upland pastures of Hawaii Island, fruits and vegetables grown from the rich, volcanic soil found in Upcountry Maui. Add in some of the freshest fish on the planet and you have the makings for a wonderful culinary adventure.
Hawaii is heaven for the novice or pro golfer. Each island features breathtaking, unforgettable scenery as well as championship caliber course design and signature holes.
Come discover unique course layouts on Hawaii's six geographically distinct islands. The challenge of lush greens surrounded by volcanic rough to stunning seaside water hazards, with over 70 golf courses to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect course for you.
Hula is a uniquely Hawaiian dance accompanied by chant or song that preserves and perpetuated the stories, traditions and culture of Hawaii. Hawaiian legends tell stories of hula beginning on the island of Molokai and Kauai. Today, this enchanting art form has become a worldwide symbol of Hawaiian culture and the beauty of Hawaii's people. The popularity of hula has spread to the U.S. mainland, Japan and Europe.
There are many types and styles of hula. Hula sauana (modern hula) is danced to western influenced music and features a more modern and fluid style. This is the most familiar type of hula to visitors. Hula kahiko (ancient hula) is danced to dramatic chants and percussion with more traditional costumes.