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Tip: An annual remembrance ceremony held on Memorial Day at Ala Moana Beach Park.

The Island of Hawaii

The Big Island

The Big Island of Hawaii, or simply “the Big Island,” is the largest island in the island chain. Due to its size, the Big Island’s regions vary considerably. There are twelve distinct climate zones here, ranging from East Hawaii’s tropical rain forests and the frozen slopes of Mauna Kea to Kaʻu’s arid desert in the south. The dramatic size of the largest Hawaiian Island creates a microcosm of environments and activities.

Hilo is a sleepy small town on the east side known for its laid-back atmosphere and magnificent waterfalls, the Kohala coast has many extravagant resorts, Keaʻau has the famous black sand beaches, and Kona, the biggest city on the Big Island, is home to many coffee farms and a growing food scene. Visit Kilauea, the most active volcano on earth or the rare green sand beach at Papakolea. Since there’s so much to do and see here, the Big Island will have you planning return trips for years to come.

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What to do on the Big Island