Not only is Hawaii Island the largest island in the state, but it is the most ecologically diverse islands in world. You can travel from the rainy jungles of the east to the dry, almost desert like west in a little more than one hour. More amazing is that the big island is smaller than the average US State, yet the most climatic.
Hawai’i Island also has the most active volcanos and is a growing island with more lava deposited along the shores from Kilauea, the most active on the island and of the entire Hawai’i islands. Nowhere else in the world can you experience a growing island both in people and land size, as the volcanic lava makes its way to the shores and begins to add to the size of the island.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
At the summit of Kilauea, you can observe the crater of volcano and get an up close and personal experience with one of Hawaii’s most active volcanoes.
Big Island Facts
- The Big Island has two major climates between the east and west. The west is more dry due to the tradewinds. The east side can see well over 5 feet of rain per year.
- You can actually visit the summit of Kilauea and see a volcano in action. It is one of the few places in the world you can get that close to an active volcano.
- The coqui is a frog that is not native to the Big Island. It came over from Puerto Rico many years ago. Many find the frog’s loud chirp highly annoying. Others find the peacefulness that it’s homeland natives are very fond of.
- Hawaii Island is the largest island in the Hawaii Island chain. It also has the most sparse population density of all the islands.
- King Kamehameha kept his court on the Big Island until 1804 when it was moved to Oahu.