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Help me have a great trip to the Big Island!

My husband and I will be traveling with two friends of ours to Big Island of Hawai'i the first week of October. We went around the same time with the same couple in 2012 and spent most of our time on the Kona side. Now we're planning to spend most of our time on the Hilo side, and I'm looking for all the advice/tips/recommendations you have to offer! Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Aug 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Dickinson Island, Harsens Island and a lot of other islands

In the State of Michigan, east of Detroit, on the north side of Lake St. Clair, within Anchor Bay, there are two islands. Dickinson Island and Harsens Island. What do you know about these places? [more inside]
posted by lstanley on Apr 15, 2014 - 4 answers

Who is the original artist of this image if floating islands?

I can't source which artist creating this fantastic image: link to floating islands click here Can anyone plead help? Image search engines have been useless! [more inside]
posted by flexiverse on Mar 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Sociological or anthropological studies on insular or peninsular cities?

I'm looking for academic-level writing on the ways that cities that are built on islands or peninsulas, or in geographically isolated areas, develop and behave differently from cities that are more easily and fully connected to other cities. This would be about the mindset and attitudes and not about urban planning or infrastructure. I'm thinking these may be anthropological or sociological studies. They may even just be a thought pieces or essays. I could swear I saw one that talked about Manhattan and Charleston, but I can't find it.
posted by Mo Nickels on Mar 26, 2014 - 5 answers

Short Spring Break Destinations

The wife and I would like a relaxing, ~4 day spring break getaway the weekend of March 14. Difficulties: we'd prefer no more than ~4 hours driving or ~6 hours in a plane. Would prefer to avoid spring break crowds. We live in Pittsburgh. I'd like somewhere warmer than Pittsburgh. [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Feb 25, 2014 - 7 answers

High stakes, and winning a new life in a new world.

What card game did my grandfather play on the voyage from Sicily to Ellis Island? Google is not giving me the detail I need. [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece on Feb 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Summoning native Rhode Islanders

Help me locate this historic home /museum in the Fall River area of Rhode Island near or across the border in Massachusetts. (No Lovecraft jokes required.) [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 13, 2013 - 16 answers

Where should I live?

Looking for a home in a gay marriage state. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Oct 14, 2013 - 50 answers

It kidnaps the children and floats away

A friend of mine is trying to identify a children's book she read once. The plot involves an island floating in two children's backyard. The children (girl and boy) naturally explore the island, and it floats away with them on it. They come across other islands in the sky, some of which are inhabited. Later they have an argument and dig a ditch across the middle of the island. Book was probably mid to late 20th century, probably English (as in England). It is not Gulliver's Travels or Floating Island by Anne Parrish. I have failed, can you help?
posted by Athanassiel on Aug 8, 2013 - 5 answers

How can I make this plant happy?

I thought Norfolk Island Pines were supposed to be relatively easy! [more inside]
posted by rawralphadawg on Jun 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Where can I buy leatherworking supplies and leather in Long Island?

Where can I find leatherworking supplies and leather at a storefront on Long Island, preferably Suffolk County? All I've found are hat shops or defunct addresses. [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on May 1, 2013 - 1 answer

Hey Zoltar, how will our house will apprase?

How likely are these particular conditions of our home to affect an appraisal? Additionally, is there a significant benefit to addressing these condition concerns prior to appraisal for the purposes of a refi? Very long winded details insideā€¦ [more inside]
posted by waterisfinite on Feb 25, 2013 - 15 answers

Sun, sand, bland?

How can I entertain myself at an island resort? [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Oct 20, 2012 - 16 answers

Attraction along the way to Shelter Island NY?

Heading up to Shelter Island NY for a weekend soon from North Jersey. Leaving 6am on a Friday. I will be with my wife and toddler. Any suggestions for stops/attractions/restaurants along the way? I suspect my toddler will need a break after 2 hours on a 4+ hour drive. Also any comments on traffic and directions would be helpful! thanks!
posted by wheats on Jul 29, 2012 - 4 answers

But I counted all the people yesterday!

I am moving to a remote island in the middle of nowhere, and I need hobbies. [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Jul 10, 2012 - 70 answers

You want me to go where?

Bulls Head Staten Island. How to get there from manhattan? [more inside]
posted by ihadapony on Jun 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Landsat Island

How did we manage to find every island on earth without satellites? [more inside]
posted by zinon on May 28, 2012 - 21 answers

Mysterious islands in the street

What is the purpose of very small median strips close to the sidewalk near an intersection? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on May 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Blot, Please

Are there any good online police blotters for Long Island, NY that comes complete with accident photos?
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Apr 21, 2012 - 2 answers

I want to buy this table.

I am trying to find a kitchen island/table similar to the ones pictured here and here. [more inside]
posted by msali on Apr 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Children's-Book-Filter: Dead missionary parents, New England island, driving on ice

Children's novel: Protagonist is the son of deceased missionaries, retaining only a comforter and a photograph. He lives with an aunt and uncle, and the plot concerns his reintegration into non-missionary society. Setting is an island in New England, and there are scenes of driving on the ice in the winter to get to the mainland. [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker on Mar 20, 2012 - 0 answers

Where to find cheap Long Island Iced Tea in NYC?

Where can I find Long Island Iced Teas for cheap prices in NYC? Especially during happy hours? [more inside]
posted by delasoull on Feb 7, 2012 - 2 answers

To the boroughs...tipsy-like.

Five boroughs, five drinks. [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna on Jan 25, 2012 - 11 answers

These I crave, you have the answer!

Long Island Filter: I'm looking for the names of 3 food joints - An Italian restaurant just before the Northern State Pkwy on Willis Avenue back in the 80's, The name of the bagel place that was just next door on Willis Ave, and the bakery in the strip mall at the corner of Hillside Ave and Herricks Rd. [more inside]
posted by SockyMcSockyPants on Oct 24, 2011 - 7 answers

Discuss together, watch alone.

I *just* finished watching the series finale of ABC's "Lost", and I would like to know what still needs solving. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Oct 24, 2011 - 18 answers

Moving to Kauai

What should we know about living on Kaua'i? [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher on Aug 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Boston to Fire Island?

I am attending a bachelorette party next weekend on Fire Island, NY and live in Boston, MA. I've been unable to find an efficient route that doesn't include 2 ferry rides and would appreciate any suggestions that allow me to take my car as far as possible.
posted by dagnyduquette on Aug 4, 2011 - 11 answers

Camping on the Catalina Island

Need information on experiences with camping at the Catalina Islands in Southern California [more inside]
posted by digdan on Jul 11, 2011 - 4 answers

white dress and white sand. wedding on the beach

closest most beautiful beach near oklahoma city to get married on? [more inside]
posted by striker on Jun 25, 2011 - 8 answers

Where to go camping in Southern New England

Where to go camping within a two hour drive of RI? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet on May 31, 2011 - 9 answers

Need a good solution for cell phone and internet service that I can use in Europe, the US and Martinique.

Need a good solution for cell phone and internet service that I can use in Europe, the US and Martinique. [more inside]
posted by traceymariel on May 11, 2011 - 4 answers

so far away argh!

What would be the most streamlined/cheap/quickest way to get to go between Rochester, NY and Port Jefferson(Long Island), NY on a semi regular basis? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on May 5, 2011 - 19 answers

Tips for Vanuatu/general Pacific island life?

Opinions on Vanuatu/general pacific life? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by jaduncan on Apr 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Great Dining for Less in RI?

Looking for a good but inexpensive restaurant in Providence, RI to hold my wedding rehearsal dinner. Any recommendations? It can be a short drive outside of the city too. Thank you for your help!
posted by tessalations999 on Apr 9, 2011 - 4 answers

I promise this isn't about Lost

ForgottenStoryFilter! Asking for a friend because the details are familiar to me too, but I can't place where *I* could have read it... [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl on Apr 3, 2011 - 5 answers

New England Road Trip Hiking?

The breadth of Long Island up to Connecticut, then over to Cape Cod, then up to Boston, and then back to NYC. Where are the best hikes? What do I have to stop and see (and eat) in between the cities? Where can I stay on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis on Feb 22, 2011 - 7 answers

What on Earth is this?

What is this? I've had it hanging on my wall for a year or two. It was found on the sand below the water line at the Fire Island National Seashore/Wilderness. It's lightweight and friable, like a sea creature. It's 24 cm (9.4 inches) long by 11 cm (4.3 inches) wide. 24 cm is 1.7 monkey skulls, if that helps.
posted by jcrcarter on Feb 17, 2011 - 11 answers

PNW Island Camping

What is a beautiful, awesome island campground on Puget Sound? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jan 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Which light to buy for kitchen island?

Can you recommend a light fixture for a kitchen island? [more inside]
posted by qsysopr on Dec 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Who lives on this speck of rock?

How does one find out who lives here (a house on an island off the NW-most tip of Washington that lacks a name that I can find)? [more inside]
posted by scblackman on Nov 15, 2010 - 6 answers

Where to have cheap tropical wedding for two?

Where can I find a unique yet not ridiculously expensive location for an island destination wedding (for just the two of us, not a big full wedding)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2010 - 9 answers

Spending a week in Mokpo, South Korea.

I am spending ~week in Mokpo, South Korea. Would love some specific tips/ advice/ ideas on fun things to do there... [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Sep 13, 2010 - 3 answers

Ocean-going wedding gifting!

A good friend of mine is getting married. Yay! He's also moving to St. Kitts from New Mexico, and will be living near the water for the first time in his life. Double-yay! I'd like to get him and his wife a wedding gift that will be useful for his new island life, but I've only ever visited the coast. What's the perfect couples water... thing... that will get them introduced to the joys of the ocean in an entertaining and exciting way? I'd buy them a pair of jetskis but my budget is probably only about $100 or so...
posted by TheNewWazoo on Sep 8, 2010 - 15 answers

Rides! Sideshows! Hotdogs!! What to do?

We're going to Coney Island next weekend for the first time. Help us have the best time ever. [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty on Jul 31, 2010 - 17 answers

Will bribe New Zealand skiers with beer in exchange for guiding me away from 50 ft. cliffs

I'd prefer to not fall off a 50 ft cliff in New Zealand while skiing backcountry this August. Besides hiring (the very expensive) guides, how do we find volunteers willing to help us make it back to civilization each day in exchange for beer? [more inside]
posted by larthegreat on Jul 19, 2010 - 5 answers

Dime Museums, Disaster Spectacles, and Old Coney Island

Hi All. I am doing research on old Coney Island, Dime Museums, and the history of disaster spectacles. Do any of you know of any books or sources where I could find out more information or, better yet, images relating to these topics? Thank you!
posted by astropop on Jun 26, 2010 - 9 answers

Who owns it?

I can I determine who owns this island in the middle of a reservoir? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky on Jun 15, 2010 - 11 answers

What food should I make for a LOST finale?

I am having a party tonight to celebrate the finale of LOST. I have never seen LOST. What foods should I serve? (At my disposal: Trader Joe's, SuperFresh, Reading Terminal Market, the dollar store.) Budget = 40bucks. People = 10. Difficulty level = 6.
posted by melodykramer on May 23, 2010 - 17 answers

Help me plan a sexy vacation!

My husband doesn't know I've booked us a week without the kids in a beautiful, sexy hotel on a beautiful, sexy island, where we'll be spending most of our time at a beautiful, sexy nude beach. What should I bring to make this an unforgettably hot experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2010 - 38 answers

Big Island getaway recommendations, please!

We're headed to the Big Island for a week. We've gotten a package at the Hilton Waikoloa Resort so will be staying there for 4 nights. Now, we know we'll get sick of the hotel scene by night 3 or night 4 (but have already paid for it and are getting a good deal), SO can anyone recommend a nice cottage/B+B/lodge where we can go to wind down our vacation, somewhere relatively luxurious (no more than $400/nt please) and not packed with tons of people? FWIW, I looked on VRBO and there are sooo many choices my head spun. A lodge would be fine and if you happen to know of any vacation rentals that would be good too. I found this previously and have contacted the 2 places mentioned...they're taken! Anyone been to or know of the type of place I've described? Many thanks in advance!
posted by choochoo on Apr 19, 2010 - 15 answers

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