The Big Island
The Big Island of Hawaii is a land of contrasts. Its two tallest
mountains pierce the sky almost 14,000 feet above sea level, and yet it
is encircled by more than 260 miles of shoreline where the water is
warm enough for swimming every day of the year.
The youngest and largest Hawaiian Island, the Big Island is still
growing, with volcanic eruptions from Kilauea Crater adding to its
acreage on a regular basis. It also is a place where the past is
tangibly within reach.
Farther south on the shore of Kealakekua Bay is Puuhonua O Honaunau,
a place of refuge in ancient times. Noncombatants and defeated warriors
alike were safe within its walls during wartime, as were people who had
violated a rule and sought absolution.
Displays include reproductions of traditional Hawaiian houses. One
of the most impressive sights is a massive wall that separated the
place of refuge from the grounds of the palace that used to exist
nearby. The L-shaped wall was built by hand without the use of mortar
and it has stood for four centuries.
At sea level, the waters off the Kona coast are renowned for their
supply of gamefish. Every angler dreams of landing "the big one," and
in Kona these fantasies come true for everyone from world-class
competitors to weekend hobbyists. Charters are easily arranged, so have
a great time and don't forget your camera and your sunscreen!
Each district of the Big Island offers a distinct experience of its
own. Hilly North Kohala is home to placid herds of cattle. The seaward
reaches of South Kohala are striped by relatively recent lava flows and
beautifully clear water.
Explore the bountiful, beautiful Big Island -- it's bursting with great experiences for you to enjoy.
No other Hawaiian Island (and few other places on earth) can match the spectacularly beautiful diversity of he Big Island. Ski snow-capped Mauna Kea, or stroll along a palm-fringed beach - take your pick of white or black sand. Watch rivers of fiery lava flow to the sea, or stand under a cool tropical waterfall.
Battle a billfish, or laze by the pool. Visit historic churches and ancient Hawaiian shrines, or dance till dawn.
And of course there's championship golf, tennis, horseback riding, four wheeling, and every imaginable sport. Come discover the incredible wealth of natural wonders and leisure activities on the Big Island.
Points of interest:
- Akaka Falls: Plunging over 400 feet in a sheer drop off a volcanic cliff.
- Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden: A spectacular garden in a valley on the ocean; acclaimed to be the most beautiful area in Hawaii.
- Mauna Kea Observatory: One of the world's clearest views of space, home to 7 observatories from around the world.
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: here is the worlds most active volcano, it has been erupting since 1983. A must see.
- World Under the Sea: Kona's crystal waters team with colorful fish and marine life. Highly recommend a snorkel cruise.
- World Underground: Explore the world below Hawaii by venturing into entwined miles of lava tube.
Don't forget to ask about my great rates on air, inter-island air and car rentals for all the islands.
BIG ISLAND BEACHES:
Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
It is located at the south of the island, which is just 45 minutes away from Hawaii Volcano National Park.
Soft black sand and sunny weather, Black Sand Beach is a good place to experience southern Hawaii.
The bay is legally protected by the government and has retained its primitive underwater environment.
This is the best spot for people to go snorkeling.
Leleiwi Beach Park
Hilo's beaches may be few, but Leleiwi is one of Hawaii's most beautiful. This unusual cove of palm-fringed black-lava
tide pools fed by freshwater springs and rippled by gentle waves is a photographer's delight - and the perfect place to
take a plunge.
Kahaluu Beach Park
This is the most popular beach on the Kona Coast; this reef-protected lagoon attracts people all day. Kahaluu is the best
all-around beach on Alii Drive, with coconut trees lining a narrow salt-and-pepper-sand shore that gently slopes to
Kekaha Kai State Park (Kona Coast State Park)
Located on the shoreline with a half-dozen long, curving beaches and a big cove on Mahaiula Bay, as well as archaeological
and historical sites. The series of well-protected coves is excellent for swimming, and there's great snorkeling and diving
offshore; the big winter waves attract surfers.
White Sands Beach
Don't blink as you cruise Alii Drive, or you'll miss White Sands Beach. This small, white-sand pocket beach located south of
Kailua-Kona - very unusual on this lava-rock coast - is sometimes called Disappearing Beach because it does just that,
especially at high tide or during storms.
Hapuna Beach Park
Hapuna Beach Park is one of the finest white-sand beaches in the world. As there is very little rain there,
about 6" per year, this beach has practically guaranteed great weather. My favorite.
WHERE TO SHOP:
Keauhou Shopping Center
An open air shopping center offering great shopping, dining,
entertainment, and a seven-plex theater. In addition, there are FREE ukulele lessons, lei making,
and a Polynesian Show in the evenings.
This charming first-class resort shopping center in the Waikoloa Beach Resort
features a unique blend of trendy upscale designer boutiques with exciting shops rich in Hawaiiana
and an array of dining options. The Queen's Shops are new and have something for everyone.
A cool, upcountry shopping center located in the heart of Waimea Town,
offering a little of everything including gift shops and an array of food services.
Farmers' Market (Hilo) - On two mornings a week, Wednesdays and Saturdays, farmers bring exotic
produce and tropical flowers to this multilingual open-air marketplace.
Alii Gardens Marketplace
Outdoor market located 2 miles south of Kailua Pier with over 50
local merchants offering hundreds of handmade products from fresh produce to exotic flowers to
black pearls. Offering free ukulele and hula lessons; open Wednesdays through Sundays.
Top 5 Things To Do on Your First Trip to Hawaii’s Big Island:
5. Take a scenic drive down the lush Hamaukua Coast.
4. Stargaze atop
the tranquil summit of mount Mauna
3. Step back in time for a glimpse at ancient Hawaiian culture at Puuhonua
o Honaunau National Historic Park on the Kona Coast.
Sunbathe on the white sand beaches of Hapuna Beach State Park.
through the 400 foot Thurston
Lava tube and view Kilauea at Hawaii Volcanoes