The Is­land of Hawai‘i

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - WELCOME -

“ Go big or go home” could very well be the un­of­fi­cial slo­gan for Hawai‘i Is­land. Aptly known as Hawai‘i’s Big Is­land, this youngest of the Hawai­ian Is­lands also is the largest, thanks in no small part to its mostac­tive vol­cano, Ki­lauea, which con­tin­ues to add to the is­land’s mass through steady lava flows that travel from crater to sea.

Ac­cord­ing to Hawai­ian mythol­ogy, the pas­sion­ate and pow­er­ful vol­cano god­dess Pele is the one re­spon­si­ble for th­ese erup­tions, and is­land vis­i­tors can wit­ness the fiery god­dess in all her glory through a mag­ni­tude of ways, be it on a awe-in­duc­ing boat ride to the edge of a red-hot lava field at night or dur­ing a heart-pump­ing bike ride that vis­its the rim of the caldera be­fore de­scend­ing into a trop­i­cal rain­for­est.

Hawai‘i Is­land’s other vol­ca­noes are no small mat­ter. At Mauna Kea, where snow cov­ers the vol­cano’s moun­tain­ous peaks nearly year-round, lies the world’s largest as­tro­nom­i­cal ob­ser­va­tory. On the other end of the spec­trum, be­neath Mauna Loa (which hap­pens to be the largest vol­canic moun­tain in the world!) hides a labyrinth of caves, canyons and coral reefs.

The Big Is­land also is home to a few other “big-ticket” ad­ven­tures that are es­pe­cially en­joy­able dur­ing th­ese leisurely sum­mer months. Hike to se­cret wa­ter­falls and along moun­tain cliffs; go zi­plin­ing on some of the state’s long­est and most pic­turesque cour­ses; float through a cloud­less sky with a para­sail tow; or get up-close with col­or­ful marine life, in­clud­ing ex­otic fish, dol­phins and manta rays.

In Au­gust, ex­pect to find the best big-game an­glers trolling the Kona Coast for the Hawai­ian In­ter­na­tional Bill­fish Tour­na­ment. Catch ev­ery sec­ond of this thrilling fish­ing con­test from tour­na­ment head­quar­ters at Kailua Pier.

Or char­ter a fish­ing ves­sel your­self and see if you can’t hook a whopper!

Those who like things a lit­tle tamer should opt to take ad­van­tage of the longer days and go for a ro­man­tic stroll along a black-sand beach, es­cape to a sea­side yoga re­treat, soak in a nat­u­ral hot spring or sad­dle up for an is­land tour on horse­back.

And for those who are big on cul­ture and food, don’t worry—from lo­cal farm­ers’ mar­kets, fine-din­ing es­tab­lish­ments, mom-and-pop stores, cof­fee plan­ta­tions, his­toric homes and miles upon miles of coastal high­way, there’s no short­age of things to do and see.

That’s where this guide comes in. To help make this very big is­land a lit­tle more man­age­able, we’ve sorted through all there is to do and com­piled a list of the top 101 ac­tiv­i­ties, des­ti­na­tions and at­trac­tions.

If your stay with us is just too short to jam ev­ery­thing in this time around, don’t worry—you can al­ways re­turn for an­other su­per-sized ad­ven­ture! We’ll be ea­gerly wait­ing to wel­come you back with 101 Things to Do.

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