Hawaii’s Big Island lies in the North Pacific Ocean and it is the youngest and largest of the Hawaiian Islands. There are a range of climate zones in this still growing land mass. Some friends of mine who run and Edmonton Roofing company said that their recent trip to the Big Island was the highlight of their Hawaiian adventure. Nature’s elements collide spectacularly on this volcano rich island. Enjoy the ocean breezes and the warm blue water, delve into a lush green jungle and see the red hot lava flow. Their special connection to nature and Hawaiians unique Polynesian culture is ever present.
It is also the domain of Pele – the mythical goddess of passion, volcanoes, and fire. Remember, nobody is in a hurry here, so take your time to see the island’s natural wonders or drive around the big island. The west side of the Big Island is resort rich and offers water sports, history, and beaches. Here are some must see attractions on Hawaii’s Big Island.
Kaloko-honokohau National Historical Park
Here the Pacific Green turtles crawl ashore and you can dive into the sheltered Kahaluu Bay to greet the Honu underwater. It is a beach park that is part of Kailua Kona which is the main resort hub on the island. This is a relaxing place to try some paddle boarding and enjoy the sunshine. Treat your children to one of Hawaii’s specialty shave ice or taste of their exclusive brew when you are ready for a break.
Mauna Kea Beach
Relax for a few days on this beach which has the highest point of the Mauna Kea Volcano in its backdrop.
Captain Cook Village
Captain Cook was a famous English explorer that was killed in 1779. The jetty built in Captain Cook’s honor is now used for people watching and sunbathing.
Pu’uhonua o Honaunau
This place was used for refuge in ancient times. Here you can walk around the burial temple of Hawaiian Chiefs, play board games, or see primitive canoe huts.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Explore this historic national park and spend some time in Hawaii’s interior. Visitors from around the world come here to see the steaming craters of the Kilauea volcano. This volcano had been erupting for more than 30 years now and you can see as the lava pours into the ocean by joining a cruise.
Hawaii is one of the wettest cities in the United States but you will be entertained by the many indoor attractions here when the heavens open. Overlooking the sprawling forest reserves of the Big Island is the Pololu valley on the island’s northern tip. This is the birthplace of the king who unified the Hawaiian Islands – Kamehameha the first.
KAPA’AU and Javier
You can browse the galleries and boutique shops in the rustic and historic towns of Javier and KAPA’AU.