About the Big Island

The Island of Hawaii, the "Big Island," is the largest, youngest, and perhaps most dramatic of the Hawaiian Island chain. Twice the size of Maui, O'ahu, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai put together, the Big Island is still growing today, as the active eruption of Kīlauea sculpts raw lava landscape on the eastern coast.

A study in contrast and natural diversity from the mountains to the sea, Hawaii Island is both rugged and refined, lush and sere, serene and spectacular. Nowhere else in the state of Hawaii offers the depth and breadth and height of the Big Island experience.

From your luxury resort vacation rental and beyond, the Island of Hawaii offers everything you imagine for your tropical Hawaii vacation.

Attractions

Exploration is a must for most Hawaii Island visitors, and our Big Island has countless adventures waiting to be discovered in the natural beauty of its dramatic landscape. A few attractions we suggest you visit on your Big Island, Hawaii vacation:

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center - Hilo
  • Onizuka Center for International Astronomy at the 9,300 foot level of Mauna Kea
  • Waipi'o Valley
  • Akaka Falls State Park
  • Parker Ranch and Anna Ranch Heritage Center - Waimea (Kamuela)
  • Pu'ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site
  • Kailua-Kona historic sites, shopping, visitor attractions and activities
  • Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau, City of Refuge, South Kona

The western Kohala Coast on the leeward side of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa is rich with dependable sunshine year-round, superb sandy beaches, warm turquoise waters filled with schools of tropical fish along the coral reefs, swaying coconut palms and brilliant gardens against stark black lavascapes. To the south, bustling Kailua-Kona is home to the original Ironman World Cup Triathlon and the world of Kona Coffee Country.

Traveling into higher elevations, the countryside grows green and lush, leading into vast expanses of pastureland, tracts of untouched rainforest and tall cascading waterfalls. Waimea or Kamuela (known by both names), just 12 miles away is a picturesque paniolo (cowboy) town, home to one of the country's largest private cattle ranches.

Eastward, the fertile Hamakua Coast stretches south to Hilo, the Hawaii County seat and host of the world's most prestigious hula competition, the Merrie Monarch Festival. To the south, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park contains natural wonders unlike anywhere else: ribbons of red lava, verdant forests alive with native birds, cool caves waiting to be explored.

Shopping

If vacation shopping is on your list of favorite things to do in Hawaii, there's a wealth of shopping options available from your luxury Mauna Kea Resort vacation rental property. Explore a great selection of Big Island shopping, from designer boutiques, galleries and jewelers to open-air markets and resort shopping centers, designed for fun.

  • Resort Shops at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
  • The Shops at Mauna Lani (10 minutes away)
  • King's Shops and Queens' MarketPlace,Waikoloa Beach Resort (15 minutes away)
  • Waimea/Kamuela (20 minutes away), various locations
  • Kailua-Kona (40 minutes away), several shopping centers
  • Keauhou Shopping Center (1 hour away)
  • Prince Kuhio Shopping Plaza in Hilo (2 hours away)

Area Events

There are countless things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii. Almost every weekend, communities spring to life with Hawaiian music, arts and crafts, farmers markets and all kinds of festivals to celebrate our diverse multi-cultural society. The Kohala Coast hosts headliner concerts, major hula competition, professional golf tournaments, canoe races, film festivals and quality food and wine events. And, the world spotlight shines on celebrated events like the original Ironman Triathlon, Hawaii International Billfish Tournament, the prestigious Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition, the Kona Coffee Festival and many more.

Big Island Events

To find out what's happening during your stay, visit the Big Island Visitors Bureau Calendar of Events. http://www.bigisland.org/calendar