To keep the aloha spirit alive long after you leave the Big Island, come home with a packet of the custom tea developed by Big Island chef Olelo pa'a. Sold under the name Glow Tea, it blends lemon grass, peppermint leaf, chamomile, alfalfa and lemon peel (plus lots of aloha), and it tastes unlike any tea available on the mainland. Chef Olelo pa'a recommends serving it with Glow Honey, which comes from ohi'a lehua (the Big Island's signature flower), macadamia blossoms, coconut tree blossoms, guava and mango. glowhawaii.com
I had five days on the Big Island. And I wanted to see it all. The exploding lava. The Jurassic-size clefts. Enormous manta rays. The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay would be my conduit to Hawaii's natural wonders, and to the photos that follow. — Jon Whittle
No matter how many times photographer Jon Whittle shoots the Big Island, he comes away amazed. These are the 10 most unforgettable scenes from his most recent trip.
From the North Shore shrimp trucks to the latest creations by chef Alan Wong, Oahu packs the biggest flavors of Hawaii. Check out these 10 amazing food adventures from our photographer Lori Barbely. And if you have a bigger appetite, consider a food tour of Oahu by the award-winning HawaiiFoodTours.com.