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Big Island Travel Guide

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Want to learn more about Big Island? Read our in-depth articles on a variety of topics.

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Cruising to Hawaii

Carnival Cruises is great for families, with plenty of kid-friendly activities. Departing from Los Angeles or Vancouver, Carnival’s "fun ships...

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The Honeymoon

Do you want champagne and strawberries delivered to your room each morning? A breathtaking swimming pool in which to float? A five-star restaurant...

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Top Reasons to Go to Big Island

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Catch the lava fireworks at night and explore newly made land, lava tubes, steam vents, and giant craters....

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Cruising within Hawaii

Norwegian Cruise Lines is the only major operator to begin and end cruises in Hawaii. Pride of Hawaii (vintage America theme, family focus...

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Kona Coffee

The Kona Coffee belt, some 16 miles long and about a mile wide, has been producing smooth, aromatic coffee for more than a century. The slopes...

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Banyan Drive's Trees

The history of the giant trees lining Hilo's Banyan Drive is one of the Big Island's most interesting and least known stories. Altogether, some...

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A Walking Tour of Hilo

Put on some comfortable shoes, because all of the downtown destinations are within easy walking distance of each other. Start your excursion...

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Mauna Kea's Telescopes

There's a meeting of the minds on the mountaintop, with 13 telescopes operated by astronomers from around the world. Although the telescopes...

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Hawaii's Flora and Fauna

More than 90% of native Hawaiian flora and fauna are endemic (they evolved into unique species here), like the koa tree and the yellow hibiscus...

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The Big Day

Choosing the Perfect Place. When choosing a location, remember that you really have two choices to make: the ceremony location and where to...

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Hawaiian Stargazing

One advantage of being the most remote island chain in the world is that Hawaii has clarity of air found in few places on the planet. This,...

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Back-to-Basics Agriculture

Emulating how the Hawaiian ancestors lived and returning to their simple ways of growing and sharing a variety of foods has become a statewide...

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Sustainability

Although sustainability is an effective buzzword and authentic direction for the Islands' dining establishments, 90% of Hawaii's food and energy...

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Sovereignty

Political issues of sovereignty continue to divide Native Hawaiians, who have formed myriad organizations, each operating with a separate agenda...

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Tourism and the Economy

The over-$14.3-billion tourism industry represents a third of Hawaii's state income. With a record number of visitors coming to the Islands...

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Rise of Hawaiian Pride

After the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893, a process of Americanization began. Traditions were duly silenced in the name of citizenship. Teaching...

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Hawaii's Geology

The Hawaiian Islands comprise more than just the islands inhabited and visited by humans. A total of 19 islands and atolls constitute the State...

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The Arts

The Hawaiian Islands have inspired artistic expression from the time they were first inhabited. From ancient hula to digital filmmaking, the...

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Traditional Plate Lunches in Hawaii

To experience island history firsthand, take a seat at one of Hawaii's popular "plate lunch" eateries, and order a segmented Styrofoam plate...

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Big Island Farm Tours

As local ingredients continue to play a prominent role on Big Island menus, chefs and farmers are working together to support a burgeoning...

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Hawaiian Music on the Big Island

It's easy to forget that Hawaii has its own music until you step off a plane onto the Islands—and then there's no escaping it. It's a unique...

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