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Welcome to the Island of Hawaii

The island of Hawaii is the youngest and largest island in the Hawaiian chain. Nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined (hence, its nickname, “Big Island”), its sheer size is awe-inspiring. You can travel through all but four of the world's different climate zones here, ranging from Wet Tropical to Polar Tundra, a result of the shielding effect and elevations of the massive volcanoes Maunakea and Maunaloa. From the many geological features at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the snow-capped heights of Maunakea; from the lush valleys of the Hilo and Hamakua Coasts to the jet-black sands of Punaluu Beach, the island of Hawaii is an unrivaled expression of the power of nature. However you decide to experience the island, it is sure to leave you humbled! Check out the island of Hawaii's regions to explore this vast island. 

Regions of Island of Hawaii

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Hamakua Heritage Corridor
Take a memorable drive from Hilo to the Waipio Valley Lookout to see scenic overlooks, waterfalls, botanical gardens and small towns. 
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This friendly, small town is the gateway to the Waipio Valley, and home to cute local shops and restaurants.
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Waipio Valley Lookout
Located on the northern Hamakua Coast, the sacred Waipio Valley was the boyhood home of King Kamehameha I and an important center for political and religious life in Hawaii. 
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Hilo Farmers Market
The Hilo Farmers Market is one of the best open markets in Hawaii, featuring fresh fruit, vegetables, plants and local crafts.
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Liliuokalani Gardens
Liliuokalani Gardens is a beautifully landscaped, 30-acre Japanese garden featuring fishponds, pagodas and rock gardens.
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Akaka Falls State Park
Akaka Falls State Park features two amazing waterfalls, Akaka Falls (442 feet) and Kahuna Falls (100 feet). 
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Downtown Hilo
Downtown Hilo is the island of Hawaii's biggest small town, featuring centuries-old wooden storefronts—many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places—housing a variety of sophisticated galleries, shops, restaurants and cultural sites.
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Wailuku River State Park
If you’re looking for a waterfall near Downtown Hilo, take a short drive west on Waianuenue Avenue to Wailuku River State Park.
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Punaluu Black Sand Beach
This famous black sand beach is a great photo opportunity and is almost as popular with honu (green sea turtles) as it is with visitors.
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Kalae (South Point)
The southern-most point in the Hawaiian Islands (and the United States) offers beautiful ocean views.
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One of the state’s most famous attractions is a testament to the power of nature and a rare opportunity to see an active volcano.
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Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site
Part of the National Park System, this historic site is home to one of the largest and last heiau (temple) built in Hawaii.
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Puako Petroglyph Archeological Preserve
The Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve is one of the most extensive petroglyph fields in Hawaii.
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Hapuna Beach
Hapuna Beach on the Kohala Coast is one of the largest white sand beaches on the island of Hawaii.
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Pololu Valley Lookout
The Pololu Valley Lookout offers a breathtaking view overlooking Pololu Valley, a black sand beach and the northeastern coastline.
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Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
Visit Puuhonua o Honaunau and learn about early Hawaiian history at this National Historic Park, historic place of refuge and former royal grounds.
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The Keauhou resort area, just south of Historic Kailua Village in Kona, is where you can often spot manta rays and honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles).
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Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona)
Historic Kailua Village is a lively seaside town in the heart of Kona home to shopping, dining and important historic sites.
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Hulihee Palace
Travel back to the days of the Hawaiian monarchy at Hulihee Palace, located right on Alii Drive in the heart of Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona).
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Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
Just south of Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport, is Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. Explore this coastal park and discover how an early Hawaiian settlement survived on the rugged Kona coast.
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Lava Tree State Park
This seven-acre State Monument is home to unusual lava tree structures that rise up out of the ground.
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Volcano Village
Visit this charming artist community located five minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Once a historic town partially destroyed by lava, now a lava viewing area on the southeastern coast of the island of Hawaii.
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Hamakua Coast
Onomea Bay on the Hamakua Coast on the island of Hawaii
If you’re driving along the Hamakua Coast be sure to stop to explore some of its hidden gems, including taro farms, black sand beaches, splendid waterfalls and more.
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Scenic view of the Hilo coast on the island of Hawaii
The perfect place to explore local shops, a famous farmers market, beautiful beaches and dramatic waterfalls.
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Lava Trees State Park in Puna on the island of Hawaii
See dramatic features such as lava trees and molds at Lava Trees State Park and swim in volcanically heated tide pools.
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Punaluu Black Sand Beach in Kau on the island of Hawaii
See an active volcano at Hawaii Volcanoes National park and learn how the Hawaiian Islands were formed.
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Crystal clear beaches in Kona on the island of Hawaii
Bright blue water, abundant resorts, coffee tastings, and unique historical and cultural landmarks — your options are plentiful.
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Hapuna Beach State Park in Kohala on the island of Hawaii
The island of Hawaii is often called the “Golf Capital of Hawaii” because of the renowned courses found along the Kohala Coast.
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The Hawaiian Islands Weather


Poipu, Kauai


Honolulu, Oahu
West Side
North Shore (Turtle Bay)


Hoolehua, Molokai
Molokai Airport
Kaunakakai City


Lanai City, Lanai
Manele Bay Beach
Lanai Airport


Kahului Airport, Maui
Whalers Village in Kaanapali
The Shops at Wailea in Wailea


Hilo, Hawaii

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