Big Island Quick Facts

Hawaii has several National Parks and historical sites and four can be found on the Big Island. Aloha wear is acceptable everywhere, so you may want to plan on buying an aloha shirt or a muumuu (a Hawaiian-style dress) while you're in the islands.

Map of Hawaii Big Island

Explore Big Island by region: HiloHamakua CoastNorth KohalaKohala CoastKonaPunaKau.

Download Tour Map of Hawaii (Big Island)

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.


Island Facts

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

Hawaii Island Resort Areas: Major resort destinations on Hawaii Island include the Kohala Coast area, Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) and Keauhou, both in Kona. There are also hotels and accommodations in Hilo and Puna on the east side.

Capital City: Hilo

Population: 175,784

Time Zone: Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), 5 hours behind the US East Coast, 6 hours behind during Daylight Saving Time (Hawaii does not observe Daylight Saving Time).

Languages: English, Hawaiian

Currency: US Dollar. Credit cards and Traveler's checks are widely accepted at many local businesses.

Climate: Average temperature: 75˚ - 85˚ F.

Area Code/Cell Phones: Area code for Hawaii is (808) and applies to all Islands. Cell phone coverage is readily available in most places if you are coming from the continental United States.

Internet Access: Internet access is readily available on Hawaii Island and at many hotels.

Accommodations: Luxury resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, rental cottages and condos are located throughout the island.

Transportation: Rent a car at Kona International Airport (KOA) or Hilo International Airport (ITO) to explore the island. Other options include tour buses, shuttles, taxis or city buses.

Clothing: Dress casually, bring a jacket for nights and rain forests, warmer clothes for higher elevations. Semi-casual dress clothes for restaurants and nightlife. Suits and ties are rarely worn.

Tipping: U.S. standards apply: 15-20% on meals, at least $1 per bag for porters and at least $1 per night for housekeeping.

Customs: For details regarding U.S. Customs and Border Protection, consult your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, or U.S. Customs (www.cbp.gov). You cannot take home fresh fruit, plants, or seeds (including some leis) unless they are sealed and you cannot seal and pack them yourself.


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Memberships and Certification

 Hawaii Tourism Authority

Certified Hawaii Tourism Authority 'Destination Expert'.

A member of Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau and the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

 Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau

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