Hawaii (The Big Island)- "The Orchid Isle"

The island of Hawaii was formed from the coalescent of five volcanoes. Dormant Mauna Kea rises to an elevation of 13,796 feet and usually is snowcapped during winter. Rising high above Kailua-Kona is Hualalai volcano, still active, is the youngest of all five volcanoes. Hawaii Island is the largest of all the islands with more distinct climate zones. There is a diversity of agriculture consisting of Macadamia nuts, papaya, flowers, tropical and temperate vegetables and specialty coffee.

The Big Island Points of Interest

AKAKA FALLS - north of Hilo, plunges over 420 feet in a sheer drop over a volcanic cliff.
BLACK SAND BEACHES - made up of pulverized lava, located on the south-eastern cliff.
CAPTAIN COOK MONUMENT - at Kealakekua Bay, is a tribute to the British navigator and
discoverer of the Hawaiian islands who was killed on the shoreline in 1779.
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH - at Kailua-Kona, was erected by American missionaries who first landed on this coast in 1820.
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK - one of the top scenic attractions in the Aloha State, has an array of unique volcanic formations, forests of giant tree ferns, steaming craters and a volcanological museum which shows free color movies daily.
HULIHEE PALACE - in the village of Kailua-Kona was once the summer home of Hawaiian
royalty and now houses a rare collection of Hawaiiana.
KAMEHAMEHA STATUE - in Kohala. This, the original statue was lost at sea during shipment to Hawaii and later recovered after a replica had been made and erected in Honolulu.
KAMUELA MUSEUM - in Kamuela/Waimea, with royal Hawaiian treasures from the Iolani
Palace, ancient Hawaiian artifacts and art objects from around the world.



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LAPAKAHI STATE HISTORICAL PARK - north of Kawaihae, was once an ancient Hawaiian fishing village.
LAUPAHOEHOE - which literally translated means "leaf of lava" is one of the Hamakua Coast's many scenic and historic spots.
LAVA FLOWS - are marked by Warrior signs which designate flows which have surged down the mountains of Mauna Loa and Kilauea since prehistoric times.
LYMAN MISSION HOUSE MUSEUM - in the city of Hilo, contains a collection of historic Hawaiian relics.
ORCHIDS AND ANTHURIUMS - grow in profusion in Hilo and surrounding areas for export to far ports of the world.
PAINTED CHURCHES - at Honaunau, St. Benedict's is the oldest Catholic church on the Island
constructed in 1875. The church has brilliantly hued murals depicting biblical scenes on the interior walls. Murals in the Star of the Sea Catholic church at Kalapana were painted by a priest half a century ago.
PARKER RANCH - in the Waimea-Kamuela district at the foot of Mauna Kea, is the second largest cattle ranch under the American flag, and the largest privately owned cattle ranch in the world.
POLOLU VALLEY - in Kohala, was once the locale of a number of ancient Hawaiian heiau (temples).
PU'UHONUA O HONAUNAU (PLACE OF REFUGE) - a National Historical Park, is said to have been built at the Honaunau location in the 12th century to provide political and religious asylum.
PUUKOHOLA HEIAU - near Kawaihae, was built by Kamehameha the Great and is now a National Historical Site.
RAINBOW FALLS - one of the Big Island's loveliest waterfalls, is located in Hilo.
WAHA'ULA HEIAU - at the foot of the Chain of Craters Road is maintained by the National Park Service as part of the Volcanos National Park. Walking tours available.
WAIPIO VALLEY - north of the town of Honokaa, was once the home of kings of old Hawaii.
WHITE SAND BEACHES - Hapuna State Beach Park, Anaehoomalu Beach, and Magic Sands Beach, Kailua, all on the western side of island.


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