Hawaii (Big Island) Journals

Big Island of Hawaii

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A September 2006 trip to Hawaii (Big Island) by RoBoNC

Green Sand Beach Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Here you witness an actual lava flow or go stargazing on the highest point in Hawaii or take a journey to the Green Sand Beach.

Big Island of Hawaii

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Overview

Green Sand Beach Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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Hawaii is the youngest and largest of all the islands in the Hawaiian Chain. The island is commonly known as “The Big Island”, to eliminate confusion with Hawaii, the state. The interesting thing about Hawaii is that the island continues to grow thanks to Mount Kilauea. Mount Kilauea is an active volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park which continues to spew lava into the ocean creating more land. The Big Island is not known for its beaches as the other islands are, but this island offers a lot more than others. The Volcanoes National Park is the centerpiece of the island and attracts many visitors every year to admire the wonder of an active volcano that has been continually erupting since 19...Read More

Royal Kona Resort

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Hotel

Royal Kona Resort Photo, Kona, Hawaii
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The Royal Kona Resort is located in Kona, one of the two major cities on the Big Island, the other being Hilo on the other side of the island. The resort is situated directly next to the ocean which offers scenic views during your stay. The resort has 436 rooms located in three different towers spanning twelve acres. The hotel is a mere 9 miles from the Kona International Airport and minutes from downtown Kona. The lobby, like most hotels in Hawaii, is open-air and is accessed by walking over the pedestrian bridge spanning a Koi pond. The resort is split into three towers named the Alii Tower, Lagoon Tower, and the Bay Tower. All of the towers are six floors except for the Alii Towe...Read More

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Royal Kona Resort
75-5852 Alii Drive
Kona, Hawaii
329-7230

Pu'uhonua o Honaunou

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Attraction

Sacred Hawaiian Grounds Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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If you happen to be coming from Kona, perhaps on your way to the Volcano National Park, try stopping off at another national park that lies directly next to the ocean. The park is called Pu’uhonua o Honaunou, which I still do not know how to pronounce, but translates into Place of Refuge. The park is accessible from Highway 11, known as Volcano Road, which is where you pick up Route 160 which leads to the coast and the park. Pu’uhonua o Honaunou was a sacred place among Hawaiians which is evident from the enormous wood carved Tiki statues that adorn the grounds. The park is known as "Place of Refuge", because until the 19th century, if a Hawaiian broke a law, the penalty for such an of...Read More

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Mauna Kea-Summit/Observatories

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Attraction | "Stargazing on Mauna Kea"

Mauna Kea-Summit/Observatories Photo, Kona, Hawaii
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Mauna Kea is the largest mountain in the world. How can that be when Mount Everest is the tallest in the world? Mount Everest has a height of 29,029 feet while Mauna Kea has a height of 13, 796 feet. However, when Mauna Kea is measured from its base to its summit, it is 33000 feet, 20000 feet which is below the Pacific Ocean. Mauna Kea is flanked by its neighbor, Mauna Loa, which has a height of 13, 679 feet, a little over 100 feet smaller. Mauna Kea has been considered one of the most important astronomical sites in the world. There is an observatory at the top of the mountain and scientists from around the world come to Mauna Kea to do research because in a given year there are over ...Read More

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Mauna Kea-Summit/Observatories
Saddle Road
Kona, Hawaii

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Story/Tip

Pacific Ocean view from Southpoint Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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The Big Island has perhaps one of the most unique National Parks in the United States and resides just off the southeastern coast, known as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It is the only place in the US that you can see an active volcano, Mount Kilauea. The volcano has continuously been erupting since 1983 and is the reason why the island continues to grow in size. The park is so unique that it has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. A visit to the park begins off of Highway 11, otherwise known as Volcano Road, for obvious reasons. Our first stop in the park is at the Kilauea Visitor Center, where you can pick up maps of the park and find out the latest eru...Read More