Sights & Attractions in Big Island

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Fodor's Choice Sights in Big Island

Sights Overview
Name Category Location
 
Akaka Falls State Park
An easy, meandering 10-minute loop trail (approximately 4/10-mile)...
Parks Hamakua Coast
 
Anaehoomalu Bay
Also known as "A-bay," this expansive stretch of white sand fronts...
Beaches Kohala Coast
 
Anna Ranch Heritage Center
This stunning heritage property, on the National Register of...
Architectural Sites, Farms Waimea
 
Captain Cook Monument
No one knows for sure what happened on February 14, 1779, when...
Memorials / Monuments Kona Coast
 
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
One of Hawaii's finest beaches, Hapuna is a 1/2-mile-long stretch...
Beaches, Parks Kohala Coast
 
Hawaii Forest & Trail
This comfortable, highly educational tour packs a lot of fun...
Trails, Tours Mauna Kea
 
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Since the latest eruption began in 1983, Kilauea Volcano has...
Volcano, Parks Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
 
Hulihee Palace
A lovely two-story oceanfront home surrounded by jewel green...
Castles / Palaces Kailua-Kona
 
Imiloa Astronomy Center
Part Hawaiian cultural center, part astronomy museum, this center...
Observatories / Planetariums Hilo
 
Ka Lae (South Point)
It's thought that the first Polynesians came ashore at this southernmost...
Parks Kau
 
Kapoho Tide Pools
Snorkelers find tons of coral and the fish who feed off it in...
Beaches Puna
 
Kaunaoa Beach
Hands-down one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, if...
Beaches Kohala Coast
 
Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
When Hurricance Iniki slammed into Hawaii in 1992, this park...
Beaches Kona Coast
 
Kealakekua Bay State Park
This underwater marine reserve is one of the most beautiful spots...
Bodies of Water, Viewpoints Kona Coast
 
Kekaha Kai State Park—Mahaiula Side
It's slow going, down a 1.8-mile, bumpy, mostly unpaved road...
Beaches Kohala Coast
 
Mokuaikaua Church
Site of the first Christian church in the Hawaiian Islands, this...
Religious Sites Kailua-Kona
 
Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens
Billed as "the only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the United...
Zoos / Aquariums Hilo
 
Punaluu Black Sand Beach Park
A great stop on a south southeast–bound trip to the volcano...
Beaches Kau
 
Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
This 420-acre National Historical Park houses the best preserved...
Parks Kona Coast
 
Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site
Quite simply, this is one of the most historic sites in all of...
Parks, Historic Districts / Sites Kohala Coast
 
Waipio Valley
Bounded by 2,000-foot cliffs, the "Valley of the Kings" was once...
Nature Preserves Hamakua Coast
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