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Island of Hawaii Maps & Geography

The island of Hawaii is the largest island in the Hawaiian chain with climatic contrasts across its 6 main regions: the Hamakua CoastHiloPunaKauKona and Kohala. The island is 4,028 sq. miles, which is so big that the other Hawaiian Islands could fit on it nearly twice. Yet the island of Hawaii is the youngest in the Hawaiian chain, a mere 800,000 years old.

The island is home to Maunakea which is the tallest sea mountain in the world, with a summit that stands 13,796 feet above sea level, and rises over 32,000 feet from its base on the ocean floor, making it taller than Mt. Everest. Maunaloa is the most massive mountain in the world, covering half the island. But the island of Hawaii is most famous for Kilauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, erupting continuously since 1983.

The lush east-side town of Hilo gets more than 130 inches of rain annually, while the Kohala Coast usually gets less than ten inches per year. Ranging from the fern forests of Puna and the cool, misty breezes of Waimea, to the sunny lava plains of Kona and the dry heat of Kau, the island of Hawaii is a place of stunningly distinct environments.

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