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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Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

  • Garden/Arboretum

Exhibiting a wealth of Hawaiian ethnobotanical traditions and some rare plants found only in cultivation, this 12-acre garden contains...

Anaehoomalu Bay

  • Beach–Sight

Also known as "A-bay," this expansive stretch of white sand fronts the Waikoloa Beach Marriott and is a perfect spot for swimming, windsurfing...

Captain Cook Monument

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

On February 14, 1779, famed English explorer Captain James Cook was killed here during a seeming misunderstanding with local residents.

Greenwell Farms

  • Farm/Ranch

The Greenwell family played a significant role in the cultivation of the first commercial coffee in the Kona area. Depending on the season,...

H.N. Greenwell Store Museum

  • Historic District/Site

Established in 1850, the homestead of Henry N. Greenwell served as cattle ranch, sheep station, store, post office, and family home all...

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

One of Hawaii's finest beaches, Hapuna is a ½-mile-long stretch of white perfection. The turquoise water is calm in summer with just...

Hikiau Heiau

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

This stone platform was once an impressive temple dedicated to the god Lono. When Captain Cook arrived in 1778, ceremonies in his honor...

Holualoa Kona Coffee Company

  • Farm/Ranch

There is a lot going on at this truly organic coffee farm and processing facility, from growing the beans to milling and drying. The...

Holualoa Town

  • Town/Village

Hugging the hillside along the Kona Coast, the artsy village of Holualoa is 3 miles up winding Hualalai Road from Kailua-Kona. Galleries...

Hookena Beach Park

  • Beach–Sight

The 2½-mile road to this quiet, secluded little gem feels like you're venturing off the beaten path. The area is rich in cultural history,...

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