About the Big Island of Hawaii

Big Island Information

The Big Island, otherwise known as the Island of Hawaii or Hawaii Island, is an outstanding place to visit. Being the largest island in the US, more than twice the size of the other Hawaiian Islands combined, the Big Island is certainly deserving of its name. More than that, it has a big reputation for its fascinating history, natural beauty, extravagant resorts, unbelievable beaches, and picture-perfect weather. 


Big Island Tour Information

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There’s much confusion between this single island, called “Hawaii Island” or the “Island of Hawaii,” and the rest of the archipelago, which is referred to collectively as the “Hawaiian Islands.” That difficulty is based in history. Prior to the late 18th century, each of the eight main Hawaiian Islands was its own independent chiefdom. But in 1795, Kamehameha the Great of Hawaii Island unified them all under his reign, and dubbed the entire island chain “Hawaii” after his native island. 

The Big Island is huge and extremely volcanic. It covers a land area of more than 4,000 square miles, and stretches as much as 93 miles across at its widest point. The five volcanoes on the island are, from north to south, Kohala, Mauna Kea, Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and world-famous Kilauea. The first is extinct, the second and third are dormant, and the final two are active. It’s because of this volcanic activity that the Big Island is so massive; and, indeed, it continues to grow, largely due to Kilauea’s consistent lava stream that has poured forth for the better part of the past 30 years. 

Hawaii MapOne of the main attractions on the Big Island is its many volcanoes. The most famous is Mt. Kileauea, which is located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and has remained active for the past 30 years. Adjacent to Kilaeua is Mauno Loa; also active, it is not only the largest volcano on Hawaii, but the largest on the planet with respect to its sheer volume and land area covered. For these reasons, Volcanoes National Park is a major tourist destination. 

Two of these volcanoes have earned distinctions, as well. Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on Earth with respect to both volume and area covered; similarly, Mauna Kea, measured from its base on the sea floor to its 13,803-ft. peak, is the tallest mountain in the world at 33,500 ft., double the height of Mt. Everest! It’s for that reason that volcanic enthusiasts flock to the Big Island, for it’s here that these peaks can be explored either by foot, or better yet, by air transport. There’s nothing quite like seeing Mauna Kea’ snowcapped summit or beholding Kilauea’s explosive power from a helicopter tour. 

The Big Island also features a series of waterfalls that may be of interest to the traveler. The tallest is Akaka Falls, which features a single drop that stands over 400 ft. tall. It can be found at Akaka Falls State Park. Visitors there may also enjoy scenic Rainbow Falls located in Hilo, where water from the Wailuku River pours down some 80 ft., in front of a natural lava cave and into the pool below. 

Finally, one should also be aware of the fact that the Big Island is known as the “Golf Capital of Hawaii.” Golf legend Jack Nicklaus designed Hualalai Golf Course, for example. And there is even a Robert Trent Jones, Sr., course at Mauna Kea Resort, and two Robert Trent Jones, Jr., courses at Waikoloa Beach Resort. All in all, the Big Island is home to nearly 20 golf courses.

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