Sights & Attractions in Big Island


Fodor's Choice Sights in Big Island

Sights Overview
Name Category Location
Akaka Falls State Park
An easy, meandering 10-minute loop trail...
Parks Hamakua Coast
Anaehoomalu Bay
Also known as "A-bay," this expansive stretch of...
Beaches Kona Coast
Anna Ranch Heritage Center
This stunning heritage property, on the National...
Architectural Sites, Farms Waimea
Captain Cook Monument
No one knows for sure what happened on February...
Memorials / Monuments South Kona and Kealakekua Bay
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
One of Hawaii's finest beaches, Hapuna is a...
Beaches, Parks Kona Coast
Hawaii Forest & Trail
This comfortable, highly educational tour packs a...
Trails, Tours Mauna Kea
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Since the latest eruption began in 1983, Kilauea...
Volcano, Parks Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hulihee Palace
A lovely two-story oceanfront home surrounded by...
Castles / Palaces Kailua-Kona
Imiloa Astronomy Center
Part Hawaiian cultural center, part astronomy...
Observatories / Planetariums Hilo
Ka Lae (South Point)
It's thought that the first Polynesians came...
Parks Kau
Kapoho Tide Pools
Snorkelers find tons of coral and the fish who...
Beaches Puna
Kaunaoa Beach
Hands-down one of the most beautiful beaches on...
Beaches Kona Coast
Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
When Hurricance Iniki slammed into Hawaii in...
Beaches Kona Coast
Kealakekua Bay State Park
This underwater marine reserve is one of the most...
Bodies of Water, Viewpoints South Kona and Kealakekua Bay
Kekaha Kai State Park—Mahaiula Side
It's slow going, down a 1.8-mile, bumpy, mostly...
Beaches Kona Coast
Mokuaikaua Church
Site of the first Christian church in the...
Religious Sites Kailua-Kona
Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station
At 9,200 feet, this excellent amateur observation...
Observatories / Planetariums, Information Centers, Mountains Mauna Kea
Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens
Billed as "the only natural tropical rainforest...
Zoos / Aquariums Hilo
Punaluu Black Sand Beach Park
A great stop on a south southeast–bound trip to...
Beaches Kau
Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
This 420-acre National Historical Park houses the...
Parks South Kona and Kealakekua Bay
Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site
Quite simply, this is one of the most historic...
Parks, Historic Districts / Sites Kohala Coast
Waipio Valley
Bounded by 2,000-foot cliffs, the "Valley of the...
Nature Preserves Hamakua Coast


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