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The Island of Hawai'i, commonly referred to as the "Big Island" is the largest island in the United States and larger than all other Hawaiian islands combined. Eleven different climate zones create everything from flourishing rain forests to dry deserts, black sand beaches to snow-capped mountaintops.
The Island of Hawai'i is built from five separate volcanoes that erupted around the same time. Two of the volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kilauea, are still active. Kilauea is the most active and has been continuously erupting for more than two decades.
The Big Island is comprised of six separate regions, including:
Boasting more than forty miles of scenic coastline, the Hamakua Coast is known for its breathtaking waterfalls, lush valleys and mountains. Make sure to visit:
- Waipio Valley - About a mile long and 6 miles deep with fruit trees, fish ponds, waterfalls and a black-sand beach
- Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden - 40-acre garden with almost 2,000 species of exotic plants
- Akaka Falls State Park - Bamboo forests and waterfalls, including the 400 foot Akaka Falls
Home to the Big Island’s capital city of Hilo, you’ll find plenty of lush, tropical gardens here. Hilo also has its own international airport. Make sure to visit:
- Banyan Drive - Known as the "Hilo Walk of Fame," many famous celebrities, such as Babe Ruth and Amelia Earhart, have planted Banyan trees along the drive which are still marked in their honor
- Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo - Only zoo in the U.S. that is located in a rainforest and features a rare white Bengal tiger (less than 500 exist in the wild)
- Lyman House Memorial Museum - Natural history museum with extensive displays on Hawaiian culture
Known for its sport fishing, luxurious resorts, and golfing, the Kona Coast was once home to Hawaiian royalty. Make sure to visit:
- Kealakekua Bay - Calm, protected waters with plentiful sea life and extensive coral reefs
- Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park - 180 acres featuring royal fishponds and temples
- Ali'i Drive - Unique lava rock structures
The fastest growing region on the Big Island, the Puna District offers untouched rainforests and a more private vacation experience. Make sure to visit:
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - 500-square-mile park that is home to the world's most active volcano, Kilauea
- Ahalanui Park - Volcanically heated tide pools
- Lava Tree Park - Unique lava rock structures
The Big Island's southernmost region, the Ka’u Disctrict gives visitors a true sense of remote and natural beauty. Make sure to visit:
- Punaluu Beach Park - Black sand beaches, home to many endangered Green Sea turtles
- Mahana Beach - Most famous of the green crystal beaches in Ka'u
- South Point - One of Hawaii's most popular fishing destinations, however, due to the strong current, swimming here is not recommended
Rich in history, Hawai'is Kohala Coast is home to many important religious temples and locations. Make sure to visit:
Come to Hawaii and see why they call us the Big Island. In one day you can travel from the beautiful Kona coast to the tallest reaches of Hawaii and the magnificent Mauna Kea the worlds tallest mountain from sea level. Take the whole family for walks on lava drenched sea shores or take the swim of a lifetime along side dolphins and whales. The Big Island is rich in culture and history as well as fun!
- Parker Ranch - Historic 135,000-acre ranch is one of the largest in the U.S.
- Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site - Temple built in 18th century by King Kamehameha the Great
- Mo’okini Heiau - Temple built around 480 AD, considered one of the most historic and sacred sites in Hawaii