Hawaii’s Big Island Quick Facts
Hawaii’s Big Island
Hawaii's Big 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-track 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.
Kona International Airport (KOA) in Kona on the west or Hilo International Airport (ITO) in Hilo on the east.
Hawaii's Big Island Resort Areas:
Major resort destinations on Hawaii’s Big Island include the Kohala Coast area, Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) and Keauhou, both in Kona. There are also hotels and accommodation in Hilo and Puna on the east side.
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).
US dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted. Travellers cheques are accepted at many businesses.
Average temperature: 23˚-29˚ C.
Area Code/Mobile Phones:
The area code for all of Hawaii is (808). Mobile phone coverage is readily available in most places if you’re coming from the continental United States.
Internet access is readily available on Hawaii’s Big Island and at many hotels.
Luxury resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, rental cottages and condos (apartments) are located throughout the island.
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.
Dress casually. Bring a jacket for nights and rainforests, warmer clothes for higher elevations. Semi-casual dress clothes for restaurants and nightlife. Suits and ties are rarely worn.
US standards apply: 15-20% on meals, at least $1 per bag for porters and at least $1 per night for housekeeping.