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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Ahalanui Park

  • Beach–Sight

There's nothing like swimming in this natural, geothermally heated pool next to the ocean with palm trees swaying overhead. Popular with...

Kapoho Tide Pools

  • Beach–Sight

Snorkelers find abundant coral reefs and the fish who feed off them in this large network of tide pools at the end of Kapoho-Kai Road.

Lava Tree State Monument

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Tree molds that rise like blackened smokestacks formed here in 1790, when a lava flow swept through the ‘ohi‘a forest. Some reach...

MacKenzie State Recreation Area

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

This coastal park, on rocky shoreline cliffs in a breezy, cool ironwood grove, has a pavilion, picnic tables, restrooms, and a tent-camping...

Pahoa Town

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This eclectic little town is reminiscent of the Wild West, with its wooden boardwalks and vintage buildings—not to mention a reputation...

Star of the Sea Painted Church

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This historic church, now a community center, was moved to its present location in 1990 just ahead of the advancing lava flow that destroyed...

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