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Hawaii

Hawaii Big Island

Hawaii's Big Island is the youngest and largest of the Hawaiian Islands with 4,028 square miles and it's still growing as long as lava continues to pour out of Kilauea, the world's most active volcano.
It has 266 miles (428 km) of coastline.


Hawaii Big Island stretches from sea level to the volcanic peaks of Mauna Kea, 13,796 feet (4,205m), and Mauna Loa, 13,677 feet (4,169).
Hawaii's big Island has the Islands' highest lake, Lake Waiau, at 13,020 feet (3,969m) above sea level
the state's longest sheer drop waterfall, Alaska Falls, 422 feet (135m)
the southernmost tip of the United States, Ka Lae (South Point)
and the tallest mountain measured from the ocean floor, Mauna Kea.

Of all the islands, Hawaiis Big island is the most ecologically diverse, with natural environments ranging from the desert plains of Ka'u to rain forests above Hilo, to snowcapped Mauna Kea. There are said to be 13 climatic regions on earth and the Big Island has all but two, the Arctic and the Saharan.

Top rated Attractions
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Akaka Falls
Koloko Honokohau Natl. Historical Park
Volcano Art Center
Lyman House Memorial Museum
Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau national Historical Park
Parker Ranch
Hulihee Palace
Waipio Valley

Fascinating Facts:
Ka Lae is the southernmost point in the United States.

Kilauea is the world's most active volcano and has been regions continually erupting since 1983.

Nearly every one of the Big Island's stunningly diverse regions - from the lava fields of Puna to Kohala's lush valleys-boasts it's own nationally recognized park.

Parker Ranch is one of the largest privately held ranches in the United States.

Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world ( measured from it's base at the ocean floor) and is home to more than 13 world-class telescopes representing 11 countries.

Hawaiis Big Island has 12 spas, making it the perfect destination to renew the spirit.

Seven botanicals gardens, each unique in construction and specialty, showcase Hawaiis big Island's rich natural and cultural significance.

Hawaiis Big Island is a worldwide leader in harvesting macadamia nuts and orchids.

Hawaiis Big Island is known as the Golf Capitol of Hawaii with 20 golf courses and several more scheduled for completion.

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Mauna Kea Observatory
Mauna Kea Observatory

Mauna Kea Golf Course
Mauna Kea Golf Course

Lava flowing into the ocean
Lava flowing into the ocean

Rainbow Falls
Rainbow Falls

   
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Source: Hawaii VCB, photos: Kirk Lee Ader
Last modified: 20040820
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