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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Hawi and Kapaau

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Near the birthplace of King Kamehameha, these North Kohala towns thrived during the plantation days, once bustling with hotels, saloons,...

Kawaihae Harbor

  • Marina/Pier/Dock

This no-frills industrial harbor, where in 1793 the first cattle landed in Hawaii, is a hub of commercial and community activity. It's...

Keokea Beach Park

  • Beach–Sight

A newly renovated pavilion (damaged in the 2006 quake) welcomes visitors to this seven-acre beach park fronting the rugged shore in North...

King Kamehameha Statue

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

A statue of Kamehameha the Great, the legendary king who united the Hawaiian Islands, stands watch over his descendants in North Kohala.

Kohala Mountain Road Lookout

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

The road between North Kohala and Waimea is one of the most scenic drives in Hawaii, passing Parker Ranch, open pastures, and tree-lined...

Lapakahi State Historical Park

  • Historic District/Site

A self-guided, 1-mile walking tour leads through the ruins of the once-prosperous fishing village Koai‘e, which dates as far back as...

Mookini Heiau

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

This isolated National Historic Landmark is so impressive in size and atmosphere that it may give you what locals call "chicken skin"...

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site

  • Historic District/Site

Quite simply, this is one of the most historic sites in all of Hawaii. It was here in 1810, on top of Puukohala (Hill of the Whale),...

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