My name's Don and I am lucky enough to live and work
in Hawaii, on the beautiful Kona Coast
of the Big Island of Hawaii. I currently live with my
Golden Retriever/Rotweiller puppy, called Pua, on the
lush slopes of
Hualalai, a dormant volcano, these green slopes
overlook the village of
, the business and population center for this side of
the island. It is also the primary tourist destination
for the Big Island.
From the slopes of Hualalai you can also see the
Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, home to one of the
sport fishing fleets anywhere
in the world.
The Kona District is also famous for being
the only spot in the United States where coffee is grown
Kona Coffee is
known world wide as one of the finest gourmet coffees
I own and operate my own landscape maintenance business
here in Kona, and since it is a one man operation it
keeps me really busy. When I do get some time off my
favorite pastimes are snorkling and scuba diving.
The warm, clear waters of the Kona Coast offer a
multitude of facinating dive opportunities for either
the boat or shoreline
diver. There are many local dive shops which offer a
variety of dive tour packages, from
one tank dives to week long dive adventures.
There are so many beautiful and magical places to
experience on this island, I will try to spotlight
a different one regularly, so here's your chance to
experience paradise with just a click
of your mouse, ENJOY!
Here's a couple more pages I just finished, showing some of the snorkling possibilities here..Kealakekua Bay and Kiholo Bay
Previous pages will be found here
as they become available.
In addition to the beautiful "natural" places to enjoy
on my island, there are also many historical and man
made sites that are well worth
a visit, here again I will try to add new sites to this
page on a regular basis. So just click
here and enjoy the tour.
Just a warning, there are a lot of pictures on
some of these pages and they may take awhile to load,
please be patient. Mahalo!
No work about the Hawaiian Islands would be complete, at least in my opinion,
without the inclusion of some material from Don
Blanding, sometimes refered to as "The Poet Laureate of Hawaii".
I have included a few of his poems, (my favorites of course) and some of his
beautiful pen and ink illustrations. I really enjoy his work and I hope you
will too. Just a word of caution..Some of these poems are pretty long..So kick back
grab a mug of something cold (or hot) and prepare to be carried away to paradise.
And be sure to click on any illustrations to see them in a larger and more vivid format.
Okay..let's begin with...
An Island Of Your Own
If you are lucky enough to have a trip to "my" island paradise in your future and if
you are not thrilled with the prospect of being crammed into a high rise "tourist coop",
I would strongly recommend checking out a vacation rental offered by a friend of mine.. It's
a very nice little unit in a beautiful and serene location. A wonderful place to
come "home" to after a day of exploring some of the places you've seen on these pages..Send me an email for
further details and pictures
My purpose for this page is to help introduce people to
that I have grown to love in the twenty years that I have
and played here. This will be a strictly personal point of
view, so if
you don't happen to agree with my point of view, thats
just fine. As
I develop this page I intend to aquaint the reader with
some of the lessor
known aspects of this incredibly diverse Island, including
history, and culture, geography, the usual tourist stuff
and some things
that are less obvious. I hope you will check back form
time to time and see how it progresses.