HAWAII…The Big Island, so big it’s actually still affordable to buy land and build a home and it’s still growing. So big that you can fit all the other islands into it anD still have room! THAT’S HOW BIG WE TALKIN FOLKS! This may be the YOUNGEST of the Hawaiian Islands, but this is OLD HAWAII, this is the BEST that country living has to offer, but be warned…because this island is SO BIG you may find yourself driving more than enjoying it, so PLAN OUT your Big Island trip or move well in advance!


Hawaiʻi is said to have been named for HAWAI’ILOA, the legendary Polynesian navigator who first discovered it. Other accounts attribute the name to the legendary realm of Hawaiki, a place from which the Polynesian people are said to have originated, the place where they go in the afterlife, the realm of the gods and goddesses. Captain James Cook, the English explorer and navigator who was the captain of the first European expedition to Hawaii, called them the “Sandwich Islands” after his patron, the Earl of Sandwich. Cook visited Hawaii several times, but the last time he mad a serious mistake by putting a musket to a chiefs head…because of this disrespect he was killed on the Big Island at KEALAKEKUA BAY…Also known as COOK’S BAY today back on February 14, 1779, after a mêlée over stolen goods.

Hawaiʻi was the home island of Paiʻea Kamehameha, later known as KAMEHAMEHA THE GREAT. Kamehameha united the Hawaiian islands under his rule in 1795, after several years of war, and gave the the entire Island chain and his Kingdom the name of his native island he was Born on, Hawai’i.


The Island of Hawaiʻi is built from five separate SHIELD VOLCANOES that erupted somewhat sequentially, one overlapping the other. These are (from oldest to youngest):

Sugarcane was once the MAJOR Backbone of Hawai’i Islands economy a Century ago, but the Sugar Plantations started to downsize and in the late 90’s the last plantation closed.  Today, as most would guess, Hawaiʻi Island’s economy is based on TOURISM, centered primarily in resort areas on the western coast of the island in the North Kona, South Kohala and on the Northeast coast of the island in Hilo. More recently, Hawaiʻi Island has become a focus for sustainable Tourism and off grid living for those who live and have moved to Hawai’i Island. Diversified agriculture is a growing sector of the economy. Major crops include MACADAMIA NUTS, COFFEE BEANS, PAPAYA, FLOWERS and BOTANICALS, Tropical and Temperate Vegetables as well as Grapes in the higher elevations for Wine production. Only coffee grown in  KONA may be branded as KONA COFFEE. The island’s Orchidagriculture is the largest in the state, and has resulted in the unofficial nickname “The Orchid Isle.” The island is home to one of the United States’ largest Cattle Ranches, PARKER RANCH, which sits on 175,000 acres in Waimea. Hawaiʻi is also known for ASTRONOMY, and numerous Telescopesare operated on the summit of MAUNA KEA, where atmospheric clarity is excellent and there is little to no Light Pollution.


During your amazing Journey to Hawai’i Island or your move you will focus on two central Town Areas…One is on the West Side, KAILUA-KONA and one on the East Side, HILO…North or South of either Town is Beautiful…However…KONA is Drier and HILO is Wetter…So you will have Warmer and sunnier weather on the West Side…and Tropical weather with Rain on the East Side. There are plenty of things to do on Both Sides of the Island…



*During the Podcast we also discuss places TO STAY and places TO EAT!


You won’t be able to cover everything during a single trip to Hawai’i Island…it may take you MANY…it may take you YEARS of visiting to see all the things you want to see and if you move to The Big Island…trust us…you won’t get bored…it’s too big to get bored…YES…it’s CHILL…Super CHILL…layed back indeed…but one of the EXCUSES everyone says about Hawaii is…“ROAD TRIPS”…You can’t take Road Trips in Hawaii…WELLTHEY ARE ALL WRONG and it’s one more reason why we are not only Lucky to Live Hawaii, but lucky we have the BIG ISLANDHAWAI’I ISLAND to go on all the F#$%ING ROAD TRIPS we could ever ask for!!!


26 thoughts on “HAWAII The BIG Island

  1. Just a small correction from a Big-Island-Obsessed science nerd.
    Vog isn’t ash, it’s sulfur dioxide that reacts with oxygen in the air to form other gasses like sulfuric acid. Vog = Volcanic Smog. It’s effect on people is similar to the smog in a big city.
    I thought I heard you say it effects Kona because “that’s where the volcanoes are” – that was probably just a slip of the tongue – Kilauea is on the east side, near Pahoa. The trade winds blow the Vog over the island where it settles in the more stagnant air on the west/leeward side.
    A more southerly “Kona wind” can indeed push the Vog more to the north, and to the other islands.
    My wife and I love the show, and we plan on moving to the big Island in a couple of years. We’re avid gardeners and even here in Wisconsin, I’m growing five fruiting pineapples and two papaya trees in our sunroom. 🙂
    I doubt the papayas will fruit before we move, but they remind me of the islands.
    If you could get uncle Jerry Konanui to speak about farming in Hawaii, that would be “no ka oi”.


    • Shoost on the sulfur…as for Vog and it’s effects on Kona…yes it’s because of the trade winds…not because the volcanoes are in Kona…The Volcanoes of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea pretty much split the island in two…Kona and Hilo sides.

  2. As always great show. Back from Mexico it was hot like hell . Nothing compare to Hawaii weather. Congratulation on live broadcast i watch for 5 min in my office there was lot of buffering which i am pretty sure was my WiFi signal . Love the suggestions about Big Island my uncle is in Kona right now and i text him name of all the restaurants. I am listing to old podcasts also so one hand i listening to new pod cast and other hand i ma listing to podcast from June 2014 . Your setup improve a lot in last one year . After listing to podcast about big island i really want to go again Last time i was there in 2008. Love the drive from Kona to Hilo.

  3. I have family moving over the Hawaii next summer so I’m looking forward to going over to explore. Great show as usual. RE: Cecil the Lion, I kind of agree with Wayde about big game hunters but I’m a lot less militant. I do think that social media has properly villified this guy and I honestly hope his practice goes bust and that he goes bankrupt. I found the same thing about how much money actually benefits the locals when hunters pay these big bucks to hunt an animal that was baited and killed. It’s pathetic. The whole practice is garbage, and for him to try and claim innocence is a joke. This guy has done this before. What year is it? The days of making trophies out of natures most exceptional specimens is over.

  4. This was the hotel that put a fence down the beach to the water blocking the pedestrians. When the news media asked the C&C if they have a permit to do so, they said no so the fence was removed. Now they have a nice fence with lighting along the pathway while they remodel the front area of the Four Seasons hotel.

  5. The Big Island is the only island we haven’t visited yet so I enjoyed listening to this podcast and learning about it! I tried listening live but it just played like 10 seconds of the feed and then froze. I tried to refresh a few times and it kept doing the same thing. I wonder what was wrong? Either way, great show this week! Looking forward to next weeks podcast!

  6. Just want to let you guys know, while I didn’t donate to this podcast, I did donate to 108Cleanups. I’m a student and so I have to choose my splurges. I told you guys already that you have both inspired me to want to take a part in preserving Hawaii, so I thought donating my money that way would be taking that inspiration you guys gave me and putting it to fund a direct effort to protect it. It wasn’t a lot, but hopefully all the donations from everyone who loves Hawaii add up to make a difference.

    Working through your back podcasts so I will catch up with this one and the last few recent ones soon and put in an actual comment later.

  7. I have another question. My fiancé and I are headed back to Maui for our honeymoon in October. While we will already be married, we are interested in having our union blessed while we are there. The problem is that we both have a lot of white liberal guilt. We are concerned that it will seem like we are trying to co-opt native Hawaiian culture or are in some way mocking it and that is far far from the case. We both have a huge amount of respect and just want to learn and absorb as much of the culture as we can. Do true Hawaiians find it offensive when mainlanders do this?

    • Matt, We must have missed this…First…YES…we will do our MAUI Podcast first week of October it looks…don’t hold us to that, but we are looking at OCT 7th or 8TH….As for redoing your UNION or Blessing while you are there…You should not feel any guilt as long as your respecting the Hawaiian Culture…If you adore and love the culture of Hawaii it would be an honor for a Kanaka Maoli to share with the two of you The Blessing and Bond Union of a traditional Hawaiian ceremony. Now…I’m no expert Matt, but I can give you an idea on what you should know and expect: A kahuna pule or kahu (Hawaiian holy man), sings a chant (or mele) as he walks the groom (who, if he wants to adhere to tradition, should be dressed in white with a colored sash often red, at his waist) to the front of the ceremony. The bride is announced by the blowing of a conch shell (or pu) to call the earth, sea, air and fire as witnesses. Only then does the bride, who wears a flowing white gown and a crown of flowers known as a haku, begin her walk down the aisle as her groom turns toward her. The bride and groom exchange leis, a symbol of their eternal love. Traditionally, it’s a maile lei or maile-style ti leaf lei for the groom and a white ginger or pikake lei for the bride. As the “Hawaiian Wedding Song” (Ke Kali Nei Au-“Waiting for Thee”) is played on the ukulele and slack-key guitar and interpreted by hula dancers, the kahuna or kahu leads the couple in a recitation of vows. Before the couple exchange rings, the kahuna or kahu dips a koa wood bowl into the sea (koa wood, native to Hawaii, represents strength and integrity). A ti leaf, which represents prosperity and health, is dipped into the water and then sprinkled over the rings three times as the kahuna or kahu recites a traditional Native Hawaiian chant. As the couple marries they stand in a circle of fragrant tropical blossoms. (usually plumeria) The Final act of the ceremony will be the use of a lava rock, symbolic of the moment you made a commitment to each other, both will wrap it in a ti leaf and leave it at the ceremony site as an offering commemorating your union. I truly hope this helped Matt and gave you a proper insight on what you should be looking for or doing~ Congrats and Aloha Nui to the both of you.

    • Danielle…Bruce Fucked up and played the wrong song…it should have been HAPA, but he played a song we already used in a previous Podcast….The name of the Song you heard was “BE MINE” and it was by the Hawaiian Group “VAIHI” You can get it on iTunes or you can get it on their album or you can also find the song on the Album: “HAWAIIAN STYLE. VOL. 2…Here is a Fun VIDEO they did on the Song:

  8. I found your website when I was doing research about moving to Hawaii. My best friend and I are moving there in about 6 months. We have almost 4 acres in Volcanoe on the Island of Hawaii. We are going to be there for a couple of weeks this month to get some work done on the property and will be checking out the local area and doing some fun stuff too. We are moving from Seattle and it is getting crazy here. We are so ready for a slower, simpler way of life away from the city and the people and the noise. We are going to live a self sustaining lifestyle and will be growing and raising everything that we can to feed ourselves and hopefully anyone else that is in need. My dream is to work with any food banks in the area to contribute in any way that we can. He wants to grow coffee with another friend of ours that is going to be moving over later. I am excited to learn all I can about the Hawaiian people and the culture and do all I can to add to my environment……….not take away. Thank you so much for your show and your website and the plethora of information that it contains.

  9. I just started listening to your podcast! I visit my parents on the Big Island at least once a year so I was excited to learn more about it from you two. I need to catch up on every single past episode and I will try to catch the newest ones too. My parents love to listen to the news portions at the beginning of the episodes.

    My most recent trip to Hilo last week included visiting the Hawaiian Vanilla Company nearby! It is a must see. A very inspiring family owned business which should be mentioned in any future Big Island episodes.

    Which brings me to a recommendation! If you haven’t already (I have yet to listen to every podcast), I would love to learn about more local businesses on the island(s). I know there are big ones like the Kona Brewing Company but visiting the Hawaiian Vanilla Company got me interested in island/business sustainability. Cool stuff.


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