Hawai'i, The Big Island

The Orchid Isle

 

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The rugged nature of Big Island can be viewed by driving through the southern and eastern regions which are dominated by the volcanic geography of  the Kīlauea and Mauna Loa active volcanoes. Volcano National Park encompasses a large region.

The Crater Rim Drive passes steam vents and the Jaggar Museum, which features volcanology exhibits and a viewpoint overlooking Halema'uma'u Crater.

There are places where lava has overtaken roads and buildings.

Pahoa is typical of small-town Hawai'i, once booming during the sugar and cattle industry era, but now a picturesque tourist destination.

Wailuku River State Park features Waianuenue, or Rainbow Falls, with its colorful mist effects. Nearby are the bubbling basalt-lava rock pools known as the Boiling Pots (pictured at top of previous page).

Hilo is the hub of the east shore. An early farming and fishing community, it became a hub for the sugar industry in the 1800s. Hilo has been hit by severe tsunamis.

The Liliuokalani Gardens is a peaceful Japanese themed park in central Hilo.

Along Pepeekeo Scenic drive are short hiking trails into streams, waterfalls and coves.

A view from the Waipi'o Valley overlook takes in a remote and beautiful area, once the home of Hawai'ian royalty (alii), now considered sacred tribal land.

Akaka Falls State Park features a 422 foot cascade.

The Kalapana-Kapoho Road is one of the five main scenic drives on the island.

 

At the northern tip of the island lies Kapa'au with its statue of King Kamehameha who unified the Hawaiian islands.

Punaluʻu Beach, lying between Pāhala and Nāʻālehu, has black sand made of basalt and created by lava flowing into the ocean which explodes as it reaches the ocean and cools.
 

The endangered Hawaiian green turtle, the Honu, is indigenous to the area.

Located on the Big Islandís Hamakua Coast (east shore), Laupahoehoe Point is a rugged peninsula where a tsunami  killed 19 school children and 5 adults on April 1, 1946. 

The stunning Pololu Valley overlook is literally at the end of the road.

 

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