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How to Big Island Like a Local

You already know the hula skirts and the warm ocean breezes of the Hawaiian Islands. And chances are, if you’ve been here more than once, you’ve enjoyed the sunrise or sunset from a beach and atop a volcano, too. In short, you’ve done the tourist version of Hawaii.

But the great thing about the Big Island is that it offers plenty of shortcuts into the local lifestyle, far more than some of its island sisters. Here are seven spots where the live-like-a-local lifestyle is easily within reach.

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Heather Greenwood Davis is a lifestyle journalist and a National Geographic Travel columnist. Follow her on Twitter @greenwooddavis or keep up with her family’s adventures on

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