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ad­ven­ture awaits on Hawai‘i Is­land, known ap­pro­pri­ately enough as the Big Is­land of Hawai‘i.

This youngest of the Hawai­ian Is­lands chain also is the largest, thanks in no small part to its most-ac­tive vol­cano, Ki­lauea, which con­tin­ues to add to the is­land’s mass through

steady lava flows that travel from crater to sea. Those with enough courage—or maybe just a bit too much cu­rios­ity—can wit­ness the pas­sion­ate and pow­er­ful vol­cano

god­dess Pele in all her fiery glory through a mag­ni­tude of ways, be it on an awe-in­duc­ing he­li­copter ride over a red-hot lava field at night or dur­ing a heart-pump­ing bike ex­cur­sion that vis­its the rim of the caldera be­fore de­scend­ing into a trop­i­cal rain­for­est.

Hawai‘i Is­land’s other vol­ca­noes are not lack­ing on thrilling op­por­tu­ni­ties, ei­ther. 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 beg­ging for ex­plo­ration. Other “big-ticket” es­capes not to miss out on are as vast and var­ied as the is­land it­self: Hike along moun­tain cliffs that end with a col­or­ful rain­bow at a se­cret wa­ter­fall; go zi­plin­ing on some of the state’s long­est and most pic­turesque cour­ses; get up­close with col­or­ful marine life, in­clud­ing ex­otic fish, dol­phins and manta rays; or sad­dle up on a horse­back ride through a cat­tle ranch that also is home to his­toric Hawai­ian sites.

Those who like things a lit­tle tamer won’t be reg­u­lated to the ho­tel pool. Why not go for a ro­man­tic stroll along a

black-sand beach or es­cape to a sea­side yoga re­treat? Other low-key ways to un­wind dur­ing your trip could in­volve a soak in a nat­u­ral hot spring, a glass of wine en­joyed from a vine­yard lo­cated 4,000 feet above sea level and a day spent in a hip up­coun­try town where the past melds seam­lessly with the present. Big buzz al­ways sur­rounds the an­nual Kona Cof­fee

Fes­ti­val, an iconic, award-win­ning cel­e­bra­tion of the 600-plus in­de­pen­dent farms that make up the Kona cof­fee belt. Those who hap­pen to be on-is­land Nov. 1-10 should check it out.

And for those who are big on cul­ture and food, don’t worry—there’s plenty of lo­cal farm­ers’ mar­kets, fine­din­ing es­tab­lish­ments, mom-and-pop stores, his­toric homes and miles upon miles of coastal high­way to sat­isfy the largest of ap­petites.

If you’re still hun­gry for more, then that’s where this guide comes in. We’ve sorted through all there is to do on this very big is­land 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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