Big Island Sights

Nicknamed "The Big Island," Hawaii Island is a microcosm of Hawaii the state. From long white-sand beaches and crystal-clear bays to rain forests, waterfalls, valleys, exotic flowers, and birds, all things quintessentially Hawaii are well represented here.

An assortment of happy surprises also distinguishes the Big Island from the rest of Hawaii—an active volcano (Kilauea) oozing red

lava and creating new earth every day, the clearest place in the world to view stars in the night sky (Mauna Kea), and some seriously good coffee from the famous Kona district, and also from neighboring Kau.

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Hilo 25

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Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center

  • Museum/Gallery

This informative museum, located at the airport, was opened as a tribute to Hawaii's first astronaut, who was killed in the 1986 Challenger...

Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

  • Hotel–Sight

Stroll through the high-ceiling lobby of this Kailua-Kona fixture to view displays of Hawaiian artifacts and mounted marlin from Hawaiian...

Hulihee Palace

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

A lovely two-story oceanfront home surrounded by jewel green grass and elegant coco palms and fronted by an elaborate wrought-iron gate,...

Kahaluu Beach Park

  • Beach–Sight

This shallow and easily accessible salt-and-pepper beach is one of the Big Island's most popular swimming and snorkeling sites, thanks...

Kailua Pier

  • Marina/Pier/Dock

Though most fishing boats use Honokohau Harbor, this pier dating from 1918 is still a hub of ocean activity. Outrigger canoe teams practice...

Kaloko–Honokohau National Historical Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

The trails at this sheltered 1,160-acre coastal park near Honokohau Harbor, just north of Kailua-Kona, are popular with walkers and hikers.

Kamakahonu Beach

  • Beach–Sight

This is where King Kamehameha spent his final days—the restored Ahuena Heiau sits on a platform across from the sand. Fronting the...

Kamakahonu and Ahuena Heiau

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

In the early 1800s, King Kamehameha the Great built a royal compound at Kamakahonu, the bay fronting what is now the Courtyard King Kamehameha...

Kuamoo Battlefield and Lekeleke Burial Grounds

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

In 1819, an estimated 300 Hawaiians were killed on this vast lava field. Their spooky burial mounds are still visible at the south end...

Magic Sands Beach Park

  • Beach–Sight

Towering coconut trees provide some shade and lend a touch of tropical beauty to this pretty little beach park (also called La'aloa),...

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