Richard Uzelac’s Guide to the Big Island of Hawaii and Other Islands in Hawaii

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If you are looking to find out about Hawaii. I could definitely go over and tell you the story about it, particularly about the beautiful big Island and its other Islands. So here we go. Hawaii is named after the Hawai’iloa – a legendary figure from Hawaiian myth who was said to be the first to discover the islands. As time went on, after battles from 1780 to 1790s, all the islands were subjugated under one ruler, known as King Kamehameha the Great, and the rest is history, I strainedly say.

Hawaii has four main Islands: Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii Island, or “The Big Island”. I’ve been to Hawaii over 60 times. I built a home there in 2003.

Oahu: The Most Crowded and Big City Like by Richard Uzelac

This is the most populous Island among the rest. It’s like you’re visiting Tenessee, the 15th most populous state, or like New York. Oahu is also the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands. The island of Oahu and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands makes the consolidated City and County of Honolulu. This place is nicknamed “The Gathering Place” for sure. It got its nickname from how populous it is. While the most common reason why people would love to visit Hawaii is the beaches, but between the crowd and beaches in Oahu, what’s famous here are scuba diving, helicopter tour, and hiking. Long before, after a hard week of working as an aircraft controller, my friends and I would take off from California every time we take our off from work. It was fun and amazing! Lets start with Kaneohe. A place located in the City and County of Honolulu. For most of the residents of Kaneohe, as we descend the east section of the island, they are like what’s the point to be here it’s like you’re back in California but on a condensed scale, It has its long bay like the Bay Area, California with its big body of water and sandy beach. It’s a nice little town and what makes it beautiful is that it is all happening on a condensed scale. There are a lot of restaurants to dine in and enjoy shopping. You can do all these fun stuff with just a few miles and reset from the hustle and bustle in the city. 

Big Island ‘Hawaii’ Richard Uzelac’s Favorite.

Big Island ‘Hawaii’ is my favorite. I built a home there in the 2000s. Have friends and family there and go there the most. Most microclimates and has the highest number of active volcanoes. It is estimated that Hawaii has five major volcanoes that are considered active and four of which are already in Big Islands. So Richard Uzelac gets to enjoy his fair share of seeing volcanoes. Now lets start with  Kailua-Kona  As the name implies, Kailua-Kona is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County and also known as Kailua which is the same name as its shared community in the windward side of Oahu. Kona has a lot of access to great shops and dining. One of the top hikes you can take while on Big Island is Kīlauea Iki Crater Trail located in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on the Kona side of the island. This trail offers unparalleled views of an active volcano and is perfect for beginners looking to challenge themselves with a great view of the crater and a chance at seeing lava flowing into the ocean. Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is located on the west coast of Big Island. It is one of the best places in “Big Island Hawaii”. About the park, it is said to be “The place of Refuge”. And there’s just something so peaceful and beautiful about this place I can’t even describe it- perhaps calling it Richard Uzelac’s Refuge Place. This is a must-see spot on the Island whether you’re a history buff or not. Regardless, you can definitely immerse yourself in Hawaiian Culture. There is so much to share about Big Island Hawaii but I’m done scoping up on my favorite island and it’s time for you to do some research as it’s gonna be more exciting to view from the tour guides perspective! Definitely a worth visiting place now let’s get on to..

Richard Uzelac Loves This Small Beautiful, and Fun Island: Maui

This is a place that I have to see again. I had so much amazing time with my friends on this island. Once you get to Kahului Airport, grab your bags and take the bus uber or taxi into town to pick up your rental car. While you need to stay focused on your itinerary, you may want to consider taking it easy and checking out some of Maui’s famous beaches along the way to soak up some Hawaiian vibes. My trip to Maui was short but very sweet. I found myself in paradise with my best friend and we decided to explore the south shore of Maui. There are so many great things to do and see in this area of the island. From beautiful beaches to waterfalls, it is the perfect place to relax and unwind.


Kauai: the Garden Island, Oldest but Least Built Up. 

Kauai: the Garden Island, Oldest but Least Built Up. 

There’s so much to do and see around Kauai let me, Richard Uzelac show you around! Kauai is the second oldest of the Hawaiian islands, but it’s also one of the least built up. That provides a unique opportunity to see things up close from the regular Hawaiian now like how they speak. Kauaʻi was known for its distinct dialect.

This island has a unique geography and a tranquil atmosphere. It is a circular island, so it is best to look at it like a compass. one thing about it is you have to spend so much on gas to get around the island because most of it is out of the way and there’s so much of it. most of the people who live on this island are from off-islands and own a vacation homes there that they use on weekends or vacations like honeymoon. It has a very beautiful mountains and waterfalls and is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and is known for its natural beauty. You can enjoy an unforgettable evening awaits you as you bask in the splendor of Kauai’s Na Pali Coast in the company of friends and family here.

The Day Richard Uzelac Didn’t Die on Kauai 

Short story: I was swimming in a resort’s protected lagoon, snorkling, following a sea turtle. It was so tranquil following and watching the beautiful turtle swim effortlessly before me with the Sun’s rays dancing over his shell and all around him.
I was so entranced I didn’t notice how dark the water had become, and how deep the ground was below me. In a few more minutes, while swimming further into the see, the floor of the ocean disappeared into an inky blackness below me. The water was markedly colder, the surface waves more rough.
All of a sudden the turtle vanished in a split second, speeding down into the blackness as if he too was becoming afraid.
I raised my head and spun around in place. I was a couple hundred yards out into the deep dark ocean. I had swam through the narrow protected keyhole of the man-made circular lagoon, created to keep vacationers safe from the ocean’s more dangerous species. 

While I dropped my head to see if the turtle had returned I began to hear a loud thumping sound above me. It was so loud and strange I thought it was other worldly. I raised my head to see.

Above me was a Coast Guard helicopter! It was just about 30 feet above me and it’s rotor wind was flattening the waves around me and creating a spray of ocean water like a mini tornado with me as the center of the tornado. 

I was dumbfounded. Their was a soldier in the helicoptor pointing at me and then pointing back to the lagoon, 200 yards away! I was at first angry at being told to leave the ocean, but then….

It took just a few seconds for me to figure it out: There was something sinister in the water, and it was interested in me as it’s next meal: Tiger Shark!

All at once i started swimming fast towards the keyhole, and safety. I remembered that sharks are attracted to erratic movement in the water, so I made a special effort to swim fast, but strong and smooth as I could.
As fast as I was swimming, the helicopter tornado was still all around me: The pilot was escorting me back to the safe lagoon, he obviously things I’m in grave danger. I was.

Once getting back through the keyhole passageway from dark deep ocean, to shallow clear warm-watered white sand bottom lagoon, I was tapped on my back by a life guard who had swam out to meet me. 

He was actually laughing, “Hey Dude! You were totally be circled by two 14-foot Tiger Sharks! I saw their fins and called the Coast Guard to save your ass!”

That day, and that night were the most carefree of my life. I smiled at everything. The grass was greener, the women were lovelier, the sky bluer. That night I bought a round of drinks for everyone at the poolside Tiki Hut bar, and I toasted and said ‘Mahalo’ to Tiger Sharks for not eating me, and the men who probably saved my life. 

I hope you enjoyed my short tour of the Islands of Hawaï! I have been lucky enough to travel to many amazing places in my lifetime, but Hawaii holds a special place for me in my heart.


Richard Uzelac

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