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Hawaii (Big Island)

Listed under Islands in Hawaii, United States.

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  • Photo of Hawaii (Big Island)
  • Photo of Hawaii (Big Island)
  • Photo of Hawaii (Big Island)
  • Photo of Hawaii (Big Island)
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Perfect beaches lined with palm trees and lush forests, beautiful women in grass skirts dancing the hula, waves ripe for conquering…If Hawaii wasn’t named for the legendary realm of the Polynesian gods as it’s reputed to be then it’s still considered by many a paradise on earth.

Hawaii was volcano born and bred, five volcanoes bore it to be exact, their shield heads and lava have been changing the shape of the island for hundreds of years. One of the volcanoes is now extinct and two are considered dormant, but Mauna Loa and Kilauea are both still active – Kilauea is quite vocal about it as well. The volcanoes are still growing the island, and in the course of it destroying settlements, but they’re one of the main tourist attractions on the Big Island, home to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and the black beaches caused by the exploding hot lava as it comes into contact with the ocean.

Fact fans may already know this but Mauna Kea is actually the world’s tallest mountain – if you start counting below sea level it’s taller than Everest.

Written by  JP Condella.

Other expert and press reviews

“The East Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii”

Not only is the Big Island of Hawaii the least known and least visited Hawaiian island, but it is arguably the most diverse and spectacular. As a whole, the island is home to 11 of the 14 micro-climates that exist in the world, and both the world’s… Read more...

Written by  Nora Dunn. Read about Nora's Big Island Trip on theprofessionalhobo.com

“Hawaii on a Dime”

By Matt Gross Published: January 27, 2008 The beauty of the Hawaiian islands is hardly subtle. Jungle-smothered volcanic peaks loom around every highway switchback, verdant plants sprout flowers as brilliant and meaty as hallucinations, and surroundin… Read more...

Written by press. Continue reading on travel.nytimes.com

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