Love Big Island is written by people that love the Big Island for people that love the Big Island.
This page tells you the story of the Love Big Island website:
- Who are we? (spoiler: we love Hawaii),
- Why did we start this project (spoiler: we couldn’t find the high quality and unbiased information we were looking for), and
- What exactly is our mission? (spoiler: make the Big Island a better place).
Why? Malama ‘Aina!
We believe that Hawaii is one of the most magical places on Earth, with an unparalleled diversity of outdoor wonders, flora, fauna and culture. This diversity is a blessing, but also leaves the island vulnerable to outside influences.
Malama ‘aina is Hawaiian for “take care of the land”.
Many Hawaiʻi guides are written with commercial intent coupled to a complete disregard for the island and her people. This, unfortunately, causes unnecessary damage to the Hawaiian Islands. We say unnecessary because we firmly believe that no one that visits Hawaii would ever intentionally cause harm to the islands.
This is why we have created Love Big Island: To help you plan your vacation and to let you enjoy your stay in such a way that the next generation will still be able to see why you loved the Big Island so much!
Our mission is to share what we know and love about the Big Island in such a way, that the impact of tourism is minimal. This does not mean that we don’t send you to the fun places, but rather that we tell you how you can enjoy and respect Hawaiʻi at the same time.
We also prefer to send you to local people and companies that know and respect the Big Island, and that share our values. We are a firm believer in the concept of “enrich the community: buy local”.
No hidden hikes, no secret beaches
Going to virgin beaches and trekking never-before-attempted mystical hikes is a BIG thing these days, and writing content on how to find these is an easy way to get lots of visitor. You will, however, find no such thing as “secret beaches” or “hidden hikes” on our website.
“Hidden” or “secret” often implies dangerous, and listing any of these places would place both you and the place itself in harm’s way. Let the locals have their private spots, and let yourself be enchanted by any of the easily accessible wonders of the Big Island.
How to support the LoveBigIsland website
The creation and maintenance of this website is a work of love. We do not accept donations, but there are a few easy ways you can support us.
Find and Follow us online
If you like our style we invite you follow us around the web so we can keep you updated on all the latest Big Island news:
- You can follow LoveBigIsland on Twitter,
- See amazing Hawaii images on Instagram,
- Become a fan of our LoveBigIsland Facebook page,
- Find us on Google+,
- Have a look at our Big Island pictures on Pinterest
- Or on our Flickr page!
- See the videos in our LoveBigIsland YouTube channel
- Or find LoveBigIsland on About.me.
Big Island Directory
Find a list of our friends, recommended accommodations and activities, and good places in general, in our Big Island Directory.