The Big Island, Hawaii. Travel Spotlight!
This Location is near and dear to us as we also call it home. There are so many wonderful things to cover about the Big island so I will have to break it up over the course of time and just give little snippets here and there…As the photo to the right would indicate from Grandpa’s kona coffee farm that it is serene, tranquil, beautiful and captivating. There is so much to explore and learn on the Big Island.
Big Island, HI Fun Facts:
Green Sand Beach
Green sand beach is one of the two green sand beaches in the United States, and one of the 4 green sand beaches worldwide! It gets its color (and name) from olivine crystals that wash out of a 49.000 year old cinder cone next to the beach. Other names for this beach are Papakolea and Mahana beach.
The Island of Hawaii has many nicknames, so be careful not to get confused. If you hear people about the following islands, they all talk about the same island.
“The Big Island”
“The Orchid Island”
“Hawai’i’s Island of Adventure”
The current official Hawaiian alphabet consists of 13 letters: 5 normal vowels; A, E, I, O, U: 5 Vowels with Macrons; Ā, Ē, Ī, Ō, Ū: and 8 consonants; H, K, L, M, N, P, W, ʻokina. The ʻokina is an apostrophe which represent the glottal stop. Despite this limited amount of letters, Hawaiian know some proper tongue-twisters, such as the state fish called “humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa”.
The Kilauea Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the world – and it has been active for a long time! The Hawaiian name “Kīlauea” means “spewing” or “much spreading,” probably in reference to the lava flows that it already erupted in ancient Hawaiian times
Kona Coffee Fun Facts
1.Kona coffee is the only coffee grown in the United States.
2. It is well known around the world for its rich flavor and excellent quality. In fact, Mark Twain said, “Kona coffee has a richer flavor than any other.”
3. Samual Ruggles brought the first coffee plant to Kona in 1828.
4. Native Hawaiians and Chinese laborers worked the fields where everything was done by hand. When the market crashed the plantation owners leased the land to its workers, many of which were from Japan who were brought in to work on the sugar plantations.
5. The work was difficult but the rich volcanic soil and perfect climate provided the perfect condition for growing coffee.
6. Several areas were used for coffee fields throughout the Big Island but the district of Kona was perfect and now the majority of coffee is planted here.
7. Kona Coffee is picked by Hand whereas other coffee regions have machine harvesters that collect coffee cherries from plantations, the steep volcanic slope of Kona makes using such machines impossible. Hence, all Kona coffee is picked by hand, and inspected for quality and freshness. There’s something more intimate about coffee that is created with the human touch.
Great Books about Hawaii for the Kiddie Book Club
Mochiko Chicken Recipe
Check out Chicken this Hawaiian recipe for Mochiko Chicken (It’s the bomb!!)
Mochiko Chicken Recipe from Caffine Junkie on Food.com