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Hawaii, The Big Island:
The tropical paradise of Hawaii stands apart from the USA, separated from the mainland by around 3,700km (2,300 miles) of Pacific Ocean. It has an ethnically diverse population and a rich Polynesian heritage. When Captain James Cook landed here in the 18th century, Hawaii had been untouched by the West. Honolulu is the cultural, commercial and political center of the island group and is the starting point for most visitors.

‘The Big Island’ encompasses over 10,000 sq km (4000 sq miles) and holds more attractions than initially meet the eye. Towns like Kailua-Kona and other resorts lie along the Kohala Coast on the west side of the island. Over on the east coast lies the town of Hilo as well as Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, one of the natural wonders of the world. At 4103m (13,677ft), Mauna Loa is the largest single mountain mass in the world, while at 1200m (4000ft), the still-active Kilauea’s steaming vents and frequent eruptions provide an unusual (and safe) spectator sport. The volcano is continuously erupting, and can be seen entering the ocean at sea-level.

Points Of Interest  
Lehua blossoms (ʻōhiʻa lehua), HawaiʻiʻImiloa
Astronomy Center of aiʻi in Hilo
Ka Lae, the southernmost point in the United States
Laupahoehoe Train Museum
Lyman House Memorial Museum in Hilo
Manuka State Wayside Park
Mauna Kea Observatory; Mauna Kea Observatories
Nani Mau Gardens
Onizuka Space Center; museum dedicated to the memory of Challenger astronaut Ellison Onizuka
Pacific Tsunami Museum overlooking Hilo Bay
Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo
Pua Mau Place Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Puʻuhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park
Akaka Falls; the second tallest waterfall on the island.
Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden houses many endangered Hawaiian plants.
East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park; comprising the active volcanoes Kīlauea and Mauna Loa
Huliheʻe Palace; a royal palace in Kailua-Kona
Rainbow Falls State Park
Sadie Seymour Botanical Gardens
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Botanical Gardens
World Botanical Gardens
Waipi'o Valley


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