Eat, Stay, Explore and Enjoy the Big Island -Our Tips with Video


“What is it like to live in Hawaii right now?”  Life is grand with clean air and no hint of further eruptions at this time!   Interesting and amazing things happen all the time in West Hawaii, like this big wave day at Kailua Bay with waves crashing onto the sea wall.

My husband and family take adventures around the island and enjoy doing interviews with local business people and establishments to remind folks to shop and enjoy local to support our businesses that make our island vibrant and interesting.

Here are a few awesome places to stay and eat!

Volcano Tree House

Bucket List Item: Staying in a tree house in Volcano, HI. My friend Gail Armand owns this custom built home in the trees!

Fun Place to Dine: Lava Lava Beach Club

Amazing BBQ ribs and more to take to the beach! TJ’s BBQ at Alli Marketplace

Affordable elegance-private cottage for only $95 a night near Kailua Kona with $75 ohana unit nearby. 

Things to Do:

Top Five Beaches in West Hawaii- We didn’t know it then, but we created this video a week before the eruption! Blue skies!

New Kahalu’u Manowai beach access ancient sacred heiaus..and some would say a haunted area.

See how the trail REALLY looks down to Pololu Valley and the fun you can enjoy down in the sacred valley with fantastic cliff views!

Volcanoes National Park is a great thing to do, but we also cover some fun things to do on your way there including Punaluu Black Sand Beach. 

Map of Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit

When the main Volcanoes National Park was closed we discovered the Volcanoes National Park, Kahuku Unit, which we enjoyed driving and walking through with our family. You can see on the map that there are many walking trails in this park, and one thing we enjoyed was seeing the topography of the 1868 lava flow on one side of the street and on the other, land that has not been covered in lava for 500 years. Great place for a picnic, too!

We enjoy sharing both the natural beauty of the island and the people working to make it awesome. If we can help our local Big Island business people, we have succeeded in spreading our Aloha!

(We also have a YouTube channel for real estate called “Big Island Real Estate Minute” where we share the nuances and tips of buying real estate on the island and have a Facebook group to share resources for those moving to the island. Contact Eric Ziemelis at [email protected] for a direct connect to a Realtor and mortgage professional whom you can trust!


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Meet the Author

Julie Ziemelis

Julie Ziemelis is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, blogger and vlogger in Kailua Kona. She created and moderates the “365 Things to Do in Kona” page and the Kona Newbies group on Facebook. She blogs at and and vlogs with her husband, Eric, at “365Hawaii” on YouTube. Julie also authored the books, “How to Move to Kona” and the “Insiders Guide to Buying Real Estate on the Big Island of Hawaii”. You will most likely find Julie in Kona hiking, running, biking, taking photos and sharing Aloha.

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