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New for February 2013 on Hawaii Island, the Big Island

By February 15, 2013

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Today at home on the mainland it was 60 degrees and tonight they're saying we'll have snow. It reminded me of the climate variance on Hawaii Island. One of my favorite days ever in Hawaii was I day when my wife and I rode horseback in the morning in the Waipio Valley and then saw sunset from the summit of Mauna Kea in the freezing cold with Mauna Kea Summit and Stars.

There is always so much to do on the Big Island and here are just a few of the ones that I've heard about this month.

Hawaii Forest & Trail
Tour "Many Perches" Habitat with Hawaii Forest & Trail on its new Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge Adventure. Hakalau which means "many perches" in Hawaiian is the first National Wildlife Refuge established in the United States for forest birds and home to some of the rarest plants and animal species on earth. Embark on a journey filled with the crisp sounds of Hawaii's rare birds and sights of giant native koa trees and rare lobeliads. Hawaii Forest & Trail guides take visitors along a four-wheel drive road that bisects a meadow between upper and lower forest elevations during a full-day adventure, which includes two to four miles of hiking. For more information, visit their website. I'm a huge fan of Hawaii Forest & Trail and have been on several of their tours. Find out more about Hawaii Forest & Trail.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Fee-Free Days
Mark your calendars for 12 fee-free days at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. On April 22-26 (National Park Week), July 13 (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival), Aug. 25 (National Park Service Birthday), Sept. 28 (National Public Lands Day), and Nov. 9-11 (Veterans Day Weekend), celebrate these special events and national holidays while enjoying the park free of charge. For more information, visit their website and check out our feature on Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Humdinger Sportfishing
Humdinger Sportfishing offers deep sea fishing excursions off the Kona Coast. Striped marlin and mahi mahi are typically in season during the winter months, and with whale sightings also prevalent, anglers could be in for a really exciting experience. For a limited time only, Humdinger Sportfishing is offering a special deal of $399 for a half-day fishing charter for up to six people available from now through May 31, 2013. For more information, visit their website.

Imiloa Astronomy Center
Imiloa Astronomy Center's planetarium show 3D Sun, playing at 3 p.m. daily, gives audiences the chance to see the sun up close in dazzling, high-definition 3D. From Earth, viewers should not look directly at the sun with human eyes. But with help from the twin Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft, audiences can witness the most powerful explosions in the solar system, equal to the force of a billion megaton nuclear bombs. Imiloa will also offer its signature show, Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky, daily at 1:00 p.m., and Awesome Light I: Big Mirrors on the Mountain, a 3D offering, at 2:00 p.m. For more information, visit their website or call (808) 969-9703. You can also find our more with our feature on Imiloa Astronomy Center.

Kona Boys
Sail the seas from Keauhou Bay to Kealakekua Bay on a unique new Historic Hawaiian Sail and Snorkel Tour with Kona Boys. Led by a Hawaiian waterman in a double-hulled waa (outrigger canoe), guests will learn about myths, royalty, and legends aboard the "Kinikini" while whale and dolphin watching and exploring the coastline on the way to Kealakekua Bay. Once at this historic bay, you can enjoy a full hour of snorkeling at the Captain Cook Monument and the historic village of Kaawaloa. For more information, visit their website or call (808) 328-1234.

Paradise Helicopters and ZipLine Through Paradise
Paradise Helicopters and ZipLine Through Paradise at the Honolii Mountain Outpost have partnered to offer two new HELIZIP Air Adventures. The adventure takes off by helicopter from the Kona Airport heading towards Kilauea Volcano to witness the majesty of one of the world's most active volcanoes. Up next, a stop at Hilo Airport to zipline on the only 8-line side-by-side course in the state followed by a picnic lunch before heading back to Kona by helicopter. Along the way, guests will be treated to views of Hawaii Island's coastlines, lush valleys and 2,800-foot waterfalls. Hilo departures are available with doors-off. For more information, visit their website or call (866) 876-7422. You can also check out a gallery of photos that I took on a "doors off" flight with Paradise Helicopters.

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