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Hawai'i 'The Big island"

Quick Facts -- Hawai'i (The Big Island)

• Nickname: The Big Island/The Orchid Isle

• Flower: lehua 'ohi'a

• Island color: red

• Area: 4,028 square miles (twice the combined size of the other Hawaiian Islands)

• Average temperature:
- Hilo: 71.2� F
- Kailua-Kona: 73.1� F
- Mauna Kea summit temperatures range from 31 to 43� F

• Average annual rainfall:
- 131 inches at Hilo Airport
- 10 inches near Kawaihae (Kona Coast)

• Population (1998): 143,135

- By age (1997):
Under 5: 7.7 %
5 to 19: 23.4 %
20 to 44: 33.2 %
45 to 64: 21.3 %
65+: 14.4 %

- By ethnic group (1998):
Caucasian : 26 %
Japanese: 14 %
Hawaiian/part Hawaiian: 31 %
Filipino: 9 %

- Main cities and towns (1990):
Hilo: 37,808
Kailua-Kona: 9,126
Waimea: 5,972

-scented sea breezes and tropical island style kona winds and waves that lure ocean goers from all around the world.. Where East merges with West bringing a fusion to your taste buds art and dance to hula and traditional japanese bone dance , Shinto shrines and surf clubs.

Mark Twain declared Hawaii to be 'the loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean', and not even thirty years of mass tourism have managed to prove him wrong.

Hawaii is still home to one of the rarest species of monk seal, so-called because of the cowl-like folds of skin around its neck. Hawaiians know it as ilio holo kai, meaning 'dog that runs in the sea'.

Camping

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Cabins
Cabins at the top of Kilauea Volcano.
Info/reservations: (808) 967-7321

Hapuna Beach A-Frame Shelters
Landscaped beach park offering swimming (in calm seas), bodysurfing for experienced surfers only, picnicking and other beach activities. Note: Dangerous rip currents and shore breaks during high surf (over three feet).
Where: Kohala Coast, on Queen Ka‘ahumanu Hwy.
Info/reservations: Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks/Hilo: (808) 974-6200

Kalopa State Recreation Area
Duplex cabins and large-group cabins with beds, bedding, linen, toilet facilities, and hot showers. The area features picnicking, an easy nature hike in a native ‘ohi‘a forest, plus additional trails in the forest reserve.
Where: At 2,000 feet, three miles inland from Mamalahoa Hwy.
Info/reservations: Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks/Hilo: (808) 974-6200

Mauna Kea State Recreation Area
Large-group cabins and smaller housekeeping cabins with beds, bedding, linen, toilet facilities, hot showers and electric heater. The area features picnicking, great views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, and seasonal pig, sheep and bird hunting.
Where: At 6,000 feet in the saddle between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, off the Saddle Road. (Note: Car rental companies may prohibit or impose conditions for use of their vehicles on the Saddle Road.)
Info/reservations: Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks/Hilo: (808) 974-6200

Big Island Parks

‘Akaka Falls State Park
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Kalopa State Recreation Area
Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
Kona Coast (Kekaha Kai) State Park
Kohala Historical Sites State Monument
Lapakahi State Historical Park
Lava Tree State Monument
MacKenzie State Recreation Area
Manuka State Wayside
Mauna Kea State Recreation Area
Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area
Wailoa River State Recreation Area
Wailuku River State Park

National Parks in Hawaii

Hawai‘i (Big Island)
# Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
# Kaloko-Honokchau National Historic Park
# Pu‘uhonua a Honaunau National Historic Park
# Puukohola Heiau National Historic Sight

Beaches

Anaehoomalu Beach
- nickname: "A-Bay"
- salt and pepper sand
- lots of sharp rocks and coral in the water -- wear foot protection
- windsurfing, sailboarding
- restrooms, showers
- entrance through Waikola Beach Resort off Route 19

Coconut Island Park
- access via footbridge behind the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
- locals' favorite for fishing, picnicking, swimming
- once known as "healing island"

Hapuna Beach State Park
- west side of the island, north of Puaho on Route 19
- favorite of locals
- restrooms, showers
- bodysurfing, boogie boarding -- beware strong currents & undertow

Hilo Bayfront Park
- gray sand
- not good for swimming, but fishing is popular
- home to canoe clubs, with canoe races year-round

Honaunau Bay
- snorkeling, shore diving, canoe teams practicing
- small sandy beach

Honokahau Harbor
- part of Koloko Honokahau National Park
- long, private area of white sand beaches
- snorkeling, shore diving

Ho'okena State Park
- gray sand - watershoes highly recommended
- snorkeling, advanced body boarding, shore diving (not recommended when surf is up)

Kahalu'u Beach Park
- favorite snorkel spot, good for calm body boarding

Kaunaoa Beach
- located at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on Route 19
- bodysurfing, boogie boarding -- beware strong currents & undertow
- restrooms

Ka'upulehu Beach
- white sand
- fishing, with eco-restrictions
- restrooms, showers

Kealakekua Beach
- located at Kealakekua Bay Marine Life Conservation District and Underwater Park - off route 11 south of the town center
- salt and pepper sand
- good dolphin-watching, snorkeling, kayaking

Keauhou Bay
- birthplace of King Kamehameha III
- local canoe club & beach volleyballers meeting place

Keaukaha Beach Park
- lush green grasses
- picnicking, fishing

Keokea Beach Park
- near the end of Route 270
- camping allowed
- year round high surf

King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
- calm surf, good for young children
- white sand
- snorkeling, especially beyond the inner bay; SCUBA, dive instruction and novice diving
- near the temple (Ahu'ena Heiau), where King Kamehameha I ruled and died

Kolekole Beach Park
- fresh water river meets the ocean here
- fishing, picnicking

Kona Coast State Park
- black and white sand
- snorkeling, shore diving, body boarding and seasonal whale watching

Laupahoehoe Point Park
- created by a lava flow from Mauna Kea, forming a wide, leaf-shaped flat point
- favorite campground

Old Airport Beach Park
- Former Kona Airport
- numerous tide pools contain lots of little ocean creatures

Pu'ala'a Beach Park
- lava lined pool heated to 95 degrees by volcanic stream
- 2 miles from Mackenzie State Park, a pine forest with steep cliffs and pounding surf

Punalu'u Beach Park
- black sand
- picnicking, snorkeling
Spencer Park
- off Route 270 near the intersection of Route 19
- King Kamehakameha I�s temple nearby

White Sands Beach Park
- called "Disappearing Sands" because the beach loses its sand during the high surf months, November through April, but returns in the spring
- advanced body boarding, shore diving to 60 feet with caverns and lava tubes

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 


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