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Big Island Kine Tings: 7 words and phrases from the Big Island

Big Island Kine Tings: 7 words and phrases from the Big Island

by Being Local You may or may not disagree.  You may even have one that we left out here.  But ...
Trick Or Treat Special: Old Hilo Hospital, Babies Cry

Trick Or Treat Special: Old Hilo Hospital, Babies Cry

*All pictures in this story are the property of Kahuna Research Group This article is brought to you by the ...
10 things my parents did that I could never imagine doing

10 things my parents did that I could never imagine doing

By: Lahela Rosario - November 1, 2017 Before the 2000s the world started developing at an extremely fast rate.  It ...
Wild Hawaii: 9 Amazing Flora and Fauna on the Big Island (Warning: #8 may creep you out)

Wild Hawaii: 9 Amazing Flora and Fauna on the Big Island (Warning: #8 may creep you out)

Hawaii is home to a plethora of incredible plants and animals, from giant humpback whales and spotted sea turtles to ...
4 Do’s and Don’ts When Moving to The Big Island, Hawaii

4 Do’s and Don’ts When Moving to The Big Island, Hawaii

Thinking about moving to the Big Island from the mainland? Here are 4 do’s and don’ts that may help you ...
Simple Eats – BBQ Hot Dogs

Simple Eats – BBQ Hot Dogs

We are celebrating National Hot Dog Day today! Hot dogs are a great summer time food, but sometimes we want ...
TOTALLY renovated home - 15-2721 Hou St

TOTALLY renovated home – 15-2721 Hou St

PRICE: $229,000 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 2 MLS: (ACTIVE) 618987 INTERIOR:  1,488 sqft PRICE/SQFT: $154 BUILT: 1973 LOT SIZE: 15,077 sqft TENURE: Fee Simple TYPE: Single Family ...
THIS HOME is LIKE BRAND NEW - 15-2700 Nehu St

THIS HOME is LIKE BRAND NEW – 15-2700 Nehu St

PRICE: $220,000 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 2 MLS: (ACTIVE) 619430 INTERIOR:  1,214 sqft PRICE/SQFT: $181 BUILT: 2006 LOT SIZE:13,112 sqft TENURE: Fee Simple TYPE: Single Family THIS HOME ...
Are Your Water Pipes Insulated?

Are Your Water Pipes Insulated?

SMART Fact Friday - by SMART Plumbing Hawaii For humid locales like Hawaii, you may find your water pipes produce ...
5 Tips When Looking for a Used Car

5 Tips When Looking for a Used Car

Last week we shared some tips for when you're buying a new car, courtesy of Kurt over at Big Island ...
SMART Fact Friday - Do you have poor water pressure?

SMART Fact Friday – Do you have poor water pressure?

SMART Fact Friday - by SMART Plumbing Hawaii In many households, a refreshing shower is how families start their day ...
HFS Federal Credit Union Recognized as Best Credit Union in Hawaii by Forbes

HFS Federal Credit Union Recognized as Best Credit Union in Hawaii by Forbes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HFS Federal Credit Union Recognized as Best Credit Union in Hawaii by Forbes Hilo, HI. (July 3, ...
7 Way Back TV Characters That May Have Defined Your Childhood Growing Up in Hawaii

7 Way Back TV Characters That May Have Defined Your Childhood Growing Up in Hawaii

By: Being Local Here are 7 WAY BACK TV characters that defined my childhood growing up in Hawaii. If you ...
Styrofoam Ban Coming In July 2019

Styrofoam Ban Coming In July 2019

By: Being Local On July 1, 2019, the Styrofoam ban goes into effect on the Big Island. While I get ...
Hi 5 Recycling Program - Environmental Protection Or Another State Of Hawaii Money Grab?

Hi 5 Recycling Program – Environmental Protection Or Another State Of Hawaii Money Grab?

By: Being Local In 2005, the Deposit Beverage Container Law (Act 176), also known as the Hi-5 program, went into ...
Death with Dignity Bill – Should the terminally ill be allowed to choose when they want to die?

Death with Dignity Bill – Should the terminally ill be allowed to choose when they want to die?

By: Being Local Death with Dignity Bill – Should the terminally ill be allowed to choose when they want to ...
What is a HELOC?

What is a HELOC?

HELOC stands for Home Equity Line of Credit. Definition A Home Equity Line of Credit is a line of credit that ...
What's Causing Your Water Usage Spike

What's Causing Your Water Usage Spike

SMART Fact Friday - by SMART Plumbing Hawaii Notice an unusual spike in your property's water bill? You can check ...
Warriors to host free football clinic at UH Hilo

Warriors to host free football clinic at UH Hilo

HILO, Hawai`i--University of Hawai`i football coach Nick Rolovich is bringing Warrior football to the Big Island this Friday (June 15), hosting ...
Budget Friendly Gifts for Dad

Budget Friendly Gifts for Dad

A very important day is almost here...Father's Day! This one day out of the year is dedicated to all of ...
Health benefits of Chocolate

Health benefits of Chocolate

Health benefits of Chocolate Latin name is Theobroma cacao, which means “Food of the Gods” Since the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations healing ...
High Heels and Back Pain

High Heels and Back Pain

Do you wear high heels? Do you have sore feet? How about legs? Do you experience back pain?  Neck pain? ...
Strong Bones

Strong Bones

Bones support your body, allow you to move and protect vital organs like your brain, spinal cord, and heart from ...
Sweet Slumber

Sweet Slumber

Do you skimp on sleep for work or school thinking you could get ahead, get more done? Night shift worker, ...
Have a Heart

Have a Heart

What would you consider the most important organ in your body? I believe the brain is the most important organ ...
Breathe Easy

Breathe Easy

 Take a Deep Breath Ever wonder about what the air you breathe?  Where I live, on the Big Island of ...
Is Your Food Hurting You?

Is Your Food Hurting You?

Is Your Food Hurting You? Ever feel uncomfortable or just not yourself after a meal? This could be an inflammatory ...
Natural Ways to Get Rid of Headaches

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Headaches

NATURAL WAYS TO GET RID OF HEADACHES Headaches are caused by numerous things like stress, poor posture, hormones, poor diet, ...
Ringing in my Ears

Ringing in my Ears

Do you hear or have a sensation of a ringing, roaring, buzzing, chirping, or humming sound without any actual acoustical ...
Calendula

Calendula

Calendula Yesterday I found this wonderful little plant at the local farmers market. What a magical and powerful flower I ...
Healthy Back Tips

Healthy Back Tips

I’m sure you have heard the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, well I want to ...
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month     Just look at this picture…Who doesn’t love babies?   OR that glowing new mama with a ...
Powerful Natural Energy Drinks

Powerful Natural Energy Drinks

The Most Powerful Natural Energy Drinks Energy drinks or functional beverages are one of the hottest markets in the food ...
Cook to Live Longer

Cook to Live Longer

Average American eat commercially prepared meals at least 4.2 times a week. I don’t think fresh or healthy when grabbing ...
How to Deal with Stress of Natural Disasters

How to Deal with Stress of Natural Disasters

I write this sad and dispirited as news of another friend losing their home. I can only watch as the ...
Is your Dishwasher's Air Gap Spraying Water?

Is your Dishwasher's Air Gap Spraying Water?

SMART Fact Friday - by SMART Plumbing Hawaii Is your dishwasher's air gap spraying water? If you find water leaking ...
Is your Backflow Preventer in Tip-Top Shape?

Is your Backflow Preventer in Tip-Top Shape?

SMART Fact Friday - by SMART Plumbing Hawaii Walk past any building in town and chances are you will see ...
Is Your Plumbing Immune to Acid Rain?

Is Your Plumbing Immune to Acid Rain?

SMART Fact Friday - by SMART Plumbing Hawaii Between the earthquakes and lava plumes, volcanic activity poses a variety of ...
Prepare your Plumbing for Earthquake Threats

Prepare your Plumbing for Earthquake Threats

SMART Fact Friday - by SMART Plumbing Hawaii Even in paradise, the threat of earthquakes can be an unpredictable concern ...
Sufficient Water Levels Within Your Toilet Bowl

Sufficient Water Levels Within Your Toilet Bowl

SMART Fact Friday - by SMART Plumbing Hawaii When using a toilet, sufficient water level in the bowl can contribute ...
The Benefits of Copper Pipes

The Benefits of Copper Pipes

If you're looking to install new water lines for a home, Copper pipes are the recommended material. Copper has a ...
Solar Water Heaters

Solar Water Heaters

SMART Fact Friday - by SMART Plumbing Hawaii The very first Solar Water Heater made for commercial use was invented ...
The P-Trap - A Key Component in Drain Systems

The P-Trap – A Key Component in Drain Systems

SMART Fact Friday - by SMART Plumbing Hawaii With its unmistakable appearance and presence on virtually EVERY plumbing drain, it's ...
Chemical Cleaners are not Always your Best Option

Chemical Cleaners are not Always your Best Option

SMART Fact Friday - by SMART Plumbing Hawaii Contrary to popular belief, store-bought Chemical Cleaners are not always the best ...
How to Avoid Electrolysis Corrosion

How to Avoid Electrolysis Corrosion

SMART Fact Friday - by SMART Plumbing Hawaii Does your metal plumbing have a powdery crust developing along it? Science ...
What Water Heater Is Best For You?

What Water Heater Is Best For You?

SMART Fact Friday - by SMART Plumbing Hawaii Looking for a new Water Heater? Buy the heater that best suits ...
Test Your Angle Valves Periodically

Test Your Angle Valves Periodically

SMART Fact Friday - by SMART Plumbing Hawaii Angle Valves are the shut-off handles to each fixture's water source. These ...
SMART Fact Friday: Tree Roots Can Regrow After Being Destroyed

SMART Fact Friday: Tree Roots Can Regrow After Being Destroyed

SMART Fact Friday - by SMART Plumbing Hawaii If you've experienced tree root clogs in your drain line, destroying the ...
SMART Fact Friday - Time to Replace the Toilet Wax Ring

SMART Fact Friday – Time to Replace the Toilet Wax Ring

Toilet Wax Rings are the watertight seal used to ensure waste leaves the toilet and enters the drain line safely ...
SMART Fact Friday: When It's A Good Time To Check Your Water Pressure

SMART Fact Friday: When It's A Good Time To Check Your Water Pressure

SMART Fact Friday - by SMART Plumbing Hawaii Toilet fill valve whistling? Multiple faucets around the house dripping? It might ...
The Most Common Toilet Clogs

The Most Common Toilet Clogs

SMART Fact Friday - by SMART Plumbing Hawaii We asked our SMART Plumbers, and by far one of the most ...
Papakolea Green Sands Hike

Papakolea Green Sands Hike

Did you ever think you would swim in an ancient volcano filled with green sand? Well, you're looking in the ...
Akaka Falls Trail

Akaka Falls Trail

Akaka Falls Trail, Big Island Hawaii: Viewing Akaka Falls is a must-do for both locals and visitors alike on the ...
Kilauea Iki Trail - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Kilauea Iki Trail – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The best way to make the most of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is to try out the Kilauea Iki ...
The Big Island’s 5 Worst Invasive Pests

The Big Island’s 5 Worst Invasive Pests

Mosquito Ruining outdoor adventures and cozy porches across the island is everyone’s least favorite pest, the mosquito. There are currently ...
The Big Islands 5 Most Threatened Species

The Big Islands 5 Most Threatened Species

Nene Goose - Nēnē (vulnerable) The state bird of Hawaiʻi is none other than the docile, medium-sized nene, which faintly ...
5 Medicinal Hawaiian Plants

5 Medicinal Hawaiian Plants

Hawaii.  Home of the world's best beaches, Surf, and Food that will change your life!  But one of the more important ...
9 Things to know before dating a local girl

9 Things to know before dating a local girl

Hawai'i is a melting pot. We all know that. The term local girl has gone far beyond the stereotypical polynesian ...
4 Advantages to eStatements

4 Advantages to eStatements

Many places give you the option to receive an eStatement rather than receiving it by mail. Surprisingly, many still opt ...
Six Comfort Foods - Hawaii Style

Six Comfort Foods – Hawaii Style

If you live in Hawaii, you know that the 808 state has some of the most 'ono (delicious) grindz that ...
10 Things you Might not Know about Waipiʻo Valley

10 Things you Might not Know about Waipiʻo Valley

Here are 10 things you might not know about Waipiʻo Valley located on the Big Island. 1.Waipiʻo means ‘Curved Water' ...
Once Important Places in Hilo

Once Important Places in Hilo

By: "Being Local" In a moment of nostalgia I found myself thinking of some of the true go to places ...
Stubborn Clog Preventing Your Plumbing From Draining?

Stubborn Clog Preventing Your Plumbing From Draining?

SMART Fact Friday - by SMART Plumbing Hawaii Stubborn clog preventing your plumbing from draining? For do-it-yourself rookies, a humble ...
What Is Comprehensive Insurance?

What Is Comprehensive Insurance?

By: Kristopher Speegle, Allstate Insurance Comprehensive insurance is a coverage that helps pay to replace or repair your vehicle if ...
What Are Insurance Premiums, Deductibles And Limits?

What Are Insurance Premiums, Deductibles And Limits?

By: Kristopher Speegle, Allstate Insurance If you have an insurance policy, you've likely heard of premiums, deductibles, and limits. But ...
What Is Collision Insurance?

What Is Collision Insurance?

By: Kristopher Speegle, Allstate Insurance Collision insurance is a coverage that helps pay to repair or replace your car if it's ...
What Is An Insurance Limit?

What Is An Insurance Limit?

By: Kristopher Speegle, Allstate Insurance A limit is one of the most important concepts to understand when you're considering an ...
What Is Liability Insurance?

What Is Liability Insurance?

By: Kristopher Speegle, Allstate Insurance Auto liability insurance is a type of car insurance coverage that's required by law in ...
Save Money on Homeowners Insurance with these 5 Home Security Systems

Save Money on Homeowners Insurance with these 5 Home Security Systems

You may qualify for homeowners insurance discounts if you install certain safety devices that help protect your loved ones and ...
Business Spotlight: Hilo Bake Company

Business Spotlight: Hilo Bake Company

Hilo Bake Company Locally owned and operated, Hilo Bake Company opened its doors in 2012.  The bakery sells a variety ...
Buying a House on the Big Island? Read this first.

Buying a House on the Big Island? Read this first.

Buying a home is an exciting yet very stressful time. It is the largest investment you will make in your ...
Business Spotlight: Aiona Car Sales

Business Spotlight: Aiona Car Sales

What started out with an idea to open a franchise rental car company quickly turned into one of the Big ...
Hiring A Big Island Contractor

Hiring A Big Island Contractor

If you are planning on building a new home or remodeling a current residence, there are some things you will ...
5 Medicinal Hawaiian Plants

5 Medicinal Hawaiian Plants

Ancient Hawaiians were part of a very resourceful civilization, which is evident from their strong medical tradition. All Native Hawaiian ...
The Big Island’s 5 Worst Invasive Pests

The Big Island’s 5 Worst Invasive Pests

In addition to the beautiful flora and fauna that exists on the Big Island, there are also several pests that ...
The Big Islands 5 Most Threatened Species

The Big Islands 5 Most Threatened Species

The Big Island is home to hundreds of unique species of plant and animal. Unfortunately, even in this paradise, some ...
Big Island’s Famous Coffee Beans

Big Island’s Famous Coffee Beans

The Big Island is famous for its rich, volcanic soil—soil that produces outstanding coffee beans. Sunny morning weather and afternoon ...
7 Favorite Hawaii Snacks

7 Favorite Hawaii Snacks

Food is one of my favorite things of all time! I wonder what my mom would say if I changed ...
6 Hawaiian Delicacies You Must Try

6 Hawaiian Delicacies You Must Try

When most people think of Hawaii they imagine beaches, surfing, nightlife, and of course, a rich variety of local foods ...