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 (Maunakea), and some seriously good coffee from the famous Kona district, and also from neighboring Kau.

Home to eight of the world’s 13 sub-climate zones, this is the land of fire (thanks to active Kilauea volcano) and ice (compliments of not-so-active Maunakea, topped with snow and expensive telescopes). At just under a million years old, Hawaii is the youngest of the main Hawaiian Islands. Three of its five volcanoes are considered active: Mauna Loa, Hualalai, and Kilauea. The Southeast Rift Zone of Kilauea has been spewing lava regularly since January 3, 1983; another eruption began at Kilauea's summit caldera in March 2008, the first since 1982. Back in 1984, Mauna Loa's eruptions crept almost to Hilo, and it could fire up again any minute—or not for years. Hualalai last erupted in 1801, and geologists say it will definitely do so again within 100 years. Maunakea is currently considered dormant but may very well erupt again. Kohala, which last erupted some 120,000 years ago, is inactive, but on volatile Hawaii Island, you can never be sure.

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Ackerman Gift Gallery

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In Kapaau, browse through this longtime gallery's collections of local art, including glass, woodworks, bowls, fine art photography,...

Ahalanui Park

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There's nothing like swimming in this natural, geothermally heated tide pool next to the ocean with palm fronds rustling lazily overhead.

Akaka Falls State Park

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A paved, 10-minute loop trail (approximately ½ mile) takes you to the best spots to see the spectacular cascades of Akaka. The majestic...

Anaehoomalu Bay

  • Beach–Sight

Also known as "A-Bay," this expansive stretch of white sand, classically fringed with coco palms, fronts the Waikoloa Beach Marriott...

Anna Ranch Heritage Center

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This stunning heritage property, on the National and State Registers of Historic Places, belonged to the "first lady" of Hawaii ranching,...

Banyan Drive

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More than 50 enormous banyan trees with aerial roots dangling from their limbs were planted some 60 to 70 years ago by visiting celebrities...

Captain Cook Monument

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

Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

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Stroll through the expansive lobby of this Kailua-Kona fixture to view impressive displays of Hawaiian artifacts, including feathered...

Firehouse Gallery

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Local Big Island artwork is featured at this historical gallery, an 80-year-old fire station at the intersection of Lindsey Road and...

Greenwell Farms

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The Greenwell family played a significant role in the cultivation of the first commercial coffee in the Kona area (as well as the first...

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