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.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers the most unexpected sights of all. From hundreds of miles of trails through steaming lava fields, arid deserts and tropical rainfalls to walking through lava tubes and even seeing lava enter the sea, the natural wonders of Hawaii Island will leave you speechless. Other amazing land adventures include discovering waterfalls along the Hamakua Heritage Corridor, seeing the stunning views from the Pololu Valley Lookout and the Waipio Valley Lookout, and exploring the beautiful oasis of Hawi Town and the charming art and coffee village of Holualoa.

And Hawaii Island’s coastlines offer even more surprises. Black, white and even green sand beaches encircle the island’s 266 miles of coastline, from Punaluu Black Sand Beach to Hapuna BeachScuba and snorkel in the clear waters of Kona and see honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles), humpback whales in the winter, and massive manta rays who harmlessly swim within inches of you, taking your breath away. With so much ground to cover on Hawaii Island, you’ll never know what you’ll find just around the corner.

Whether it’s through paintings, sculptures, glassware, jewelry or hand-carved koa wood bowls, you’ll see the distinct styles that make the art found on Hawaii Island truly unique.
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Hawaii Island features some of the most picturesque and varied beach landscapes in the islands.
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From romantic catamaran cruises to fishing charters, Hawaii’s Big Island offers a variety of ways to set sail and explore the seas.
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One visit to a Hawaii Island festival will inspire you to return again and again.
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Hawaii’s Big Island is world famous for its sport fishing, its waters full of marlin and other big-game fish.
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Whether you're looking for a challenging trail on fields of lava to short, Hawaii Island is heaven for hikers.
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From the birthplace of King Kamehameha to the birthplace of paniolo, Hawaii Island is home to some of the most historic places in Hawaii.
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Explore the wealth of scenic, open landscapes in Waimea and other spots throughout the island on horseback.
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See authentic hula throughout Hawaii’s Big Island at seasonal festivals, competitions, luau and live performances at hotels and resorts.
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The protected waters of the Kona, Kohala and Hilo coasts make Hawaii Island a perfect place to take a guided kayak or outrigger canoe tour.
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You'll find live music venues throughout Hawaii Island in restaurants, lounges and in the island's fine hotels and resorts.
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The Kona Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island offers the best opportunity to encounter Hawaii’s amazing manta rays.
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Explore the waters of Hawaii Island and you may see everything from manta rays and humpback whales to green sea turtles and dolphins.
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From Kilauea Volcano to the peaks of Maunakea, Hawaii Island is home to a variety of incomparable natural wonders.
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Hawaii’s Big Island has a rich paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy, culture dating back to the early 1800’s.
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Hawaii Island features four National Parks, including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, as well as beautiful state and county parks.
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Celebrated fashion designer Sig Zane shares his favorite spots in Downtown Hilo.
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From North Kohala to South Kona, Hawaii’s Big Island is famous for its calm and clear waters perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving.
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Maunakea on Hawaii’s Big Island is home to one of the most renowned astronomical sites on the planet.
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Whether watching surfers or taking your first surf lesson, Hawaii’s Big Island offers fantastic surf adventures from Hilo to Keauhou.
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Recent updates on volcano activity in and around Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island.
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Some of Hawaii Island’s most breathtaking and accessible waterfalls can be discovered along the Hilo and Hamakua Coast.
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From December to May, go on a whale watching tour or spot humpback whales from Hawaii Island's coastal areas.
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