About Hawaii Island
It’s easy to feel awed on Hawaii Island. From the molten magma flowing from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the snow-capped heights of Maunakea; from the green rainforests of the Hamakua Coast to the jet-black sands of Punaluu Beach; Hawaii Island is an unrivaled expression of the power of nature.
To avoid confusion with the name of the entire state, the Island of Hawaii is often called the “Big Island,” and what an appropriate name it is. Nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined, its sheer size can be inspiring. You’ll find all but two of the world’s climatic zones within this island’s shores.
The dramatic size and scope of the largest Hawaiian Island create a microcosm of environments and activities. On this island’s vast tableau, you’ll find everything from extravagant resorts and incredible golf courses to modest local towns and sacred Hawaiian historical sites, from the birthplace of King Kamehameha I to Hawaii’s first missionary church in Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona). With so much to see, it’s best to experience the island in small pieces. There’s plenty of room on Hawaii Island for your return.
|Hawaii Island Adventures||Is that sound you hear the helicopter or the beating of your heart? As you hover above Kilauea Volcano’s steaming Puu Oo vent it’s hard to tell. Taking a helicopter tour for a bird’s-eye view of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the rest of the island’s hidden waterfalls, lush valleys and balmy beaches is just the beginning of an exhilarating Hawaii Island expedition.|
Hawaii Island Golf
|Just try to concentrate. Focus on your swing and not the pristine, black lava-lined fairways and palm tree-speckled greens. Block out the crystal blue waters and the rhythmic crash of waves just beyond the bunker. Try your best to forget that you’re playing on one of the most beautiful golf courses you’ve ever seen. It may take a few holes, but you’ll get used to it.|
|Hawaii Island Romance||On an island this big, you’ll remember the small moments. A snapshot together by Akaka Falls along the flourishing Hamakua Coast. A sea of stars in the ink-black sky above Maunakea. A glass of wine and a taste of Hawaii Regional Cuisine during sunset on the Kohala Coast. You’ll discover romantic settings of every scope and size on Hawaii Island.|
|Hawaii Island Weddings||The biggest day of your life just found an appropriate home. The venue choices on Hawaii Island are endless, from a sunset beach ceremony on the Kona or Kohala Coast to the serene pagodas of Liliuokalani Gardens with Maunakea towering in the background. Fill a formal ballroom of a world-class resort with family and friends or exchange flower lei in a private ceremony, barefoot in the sand or with an erupting volcano as your backdrop.|
|Hawaii Island Arts & Culture||
The Merrie Monarch Festival (follows Easter Sunday in March – April) is the world’s premier hula event held in Hilo. This weeklong celebration of the native art of the hula happens every Easter with halau (hula schools) from every island and the mainland practicing year-round for the event. This moving expression of music, dance and storytelling is part of how the people of Hawaii Island continue to perpetuate and interpret the Hawaiian culture and its uniquely affirmative spirit of aloha.
|Hawaii Island Honeymoons||Begin your life together with the adventure of a lifetime. First, take some time off to relax and indulge in the comforts of Hawaii Island’s finest resorts, beaches and restaurants. Then set out on some romantic day-trips, hunting for waterfalls in Hilo and along the Hamakua Heritage Corridor, exploring the lava tubes and trails of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and sharing unforgettable views at the Pololu Valley Lookout and the Waipio Valley Lookout.|
|Family Fun on Hawaii Island||As far as childhood memories go, this may be hard to beat. Watch as your kids run over several Japanese bridges in Liliuokalani Gardens. See them discover ancient petroglyphs carved into the rocks at sites along the Kohala Coast. Let them stargaze through telescopes at the Ellison S. Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, 9,300 feet atop Maunakea (but note that the high altitude may not be suitable for younger children). Or join them as you explore the planetarium and interactive exhibits in the amazing Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii.|
Unexpected Hawaii Island
|Yes, it does snow in Hawaii. During winter months you may see the snow-capped peaks atop the 13,796-foot Maunakea, the tallest sea mountain in the world. Stargazing or taking a tour atop Maunakea is just one example of the many unexpected attractions and activities you’ll find on Hawaii Island.|