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Drive the Big Island loop in Hawaii—and make time for long hiking or paddling trips, plus awe-inspiring face time with volcanoes, manta rays, and starry skies.

Each winter, snow covers the peak of Mauna Kea, a 14,000-foot dormant volcano located on Hawaii’s Big Island. And, yes, this “pineapple powder,” as locals call it, is ready to rip. DCIM1GOPRO Just don’t expect chairlifts, or any amenities for that matter. The barren, moonlike summit—which…

I want to hike up a live— or at least dormant—volcano. Where can I go without getting scorched?

I’m headed to Hawaii, but lying on the beach is not my thing. What hikes would you recommend?

Triathlon is booming, with hundreds of events being added to the calendar each year and thousands of goggle-eyed newbies lining up to swim, bike, and run for the first time. But only one race still really matters. Greetings from the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, ground zero of America's multisport madness

My family is going to the Big Island of Hawaii. Do you have any advice on day hikes or some amazing must-see spots on the Island? We want to get off the beaten path. –Scott, Nogales Arizona

Red-hot lava, scary pelagics, and heavenly creatures all come out after dark on Hawaii's Big Island

Don't just hike—follow in the footsteps of famous explorers and naturalists

Catch a glimpse of these five heavenly cascades

No one denies that our 50th state is Paradise, USA. But anyone who's ever been to this lush chain knows a simple truth: Not all the islands are created equal. So which is best? Welcome to the Great Hawaiian Island-Off. Read on, and pick your perfection.

Blame it on the Naked Chef—suddenly everyone wants to know how to roll the perfect lumpia. Here are four resorts where you don't have to forgo active pursuits just to don your toque.

Honomu, Hawaii: Aloha Spirit

Behind the green door: Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai Q: My husband and I are going to Hawaii for three weeks in October (mostly for hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling). We were thinking of spending some time on Kauai and the Big Island. How many days…

The Island's Resident Sports Gurus Spill Their Secret Favorite Places