About Big Island

Planning your itinerary on Hawaii's largest and youngest Island is no mean feat. Hawaii Island is an remains a unrivaled expression of the power of mother nature and it’s easy to feel overawed. 

Fondly called the Big Island, Hawaii the island is a microcosm of Hawaii the State, with its long white-sand beaches and crystal-clear bays to waterfalls, rain forests, exotic flowers, birds, hiking trails and all things that are quintessentially Hawaiian are represented all over the island.

The Big Island is home to the world’s largest mountain Mauna Loa and the tallest sea mountain Mauna Kea, which towers at 33,000 feet and surprisingly has a soft layer of snow blanketing its peak nearly year-round, the Big Island is only getting bigger and bigger, thanks to Kilauea's steady lava flow adding to the island’s mass. Pele, Hawaiian legend’s powerful and passionate volcano goddess, is said to be responsible for these fiery eruptions. 

From the molten magma flowing from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the snow-capped heights of Maunakea; from the green rain forests of the Hamakua Coast to the jet-black sands of Punaluu Beach; 

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 will 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 plateau, you will 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 an there’s plenty of room on Hawaii Island for your return.

Airports: Kona International Airport (KOA) in Kona on the west or Hilo International Airport (ITO) in Hilo on the east.

Map of Hawaii Big Island

Explore Big Island by region: HiloHamakua CoastNorth KohalaKohala CoastKonaPunaKau.

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Island Highlights

- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Home to Kilauea Volcano, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
- Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona): Lively, historic gathering place in the heart of Kona.
- Hilo: Home to botanical gardens, waterfalls and off-the-beaten-path local shops and restaurants.
- Waimea: Experience the cool uplands of paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) country.
- Holualoa: Visit coffee country and taste why 100% Kona coffee is so famous.


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Memberships and Certification

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