The Big Island

– Hawaii –

Why is the Island of Hawaii called “The Big Island?” Probably because it’s almost twice the size of all the other islands combined. But that’s just a guess. What we know for sure is this paradise lets you experience a multitude of different natural experiences. That means you can see everything like lava, snow, rainforests and black sand beaches. Pretty amazing, right? And since history and golf are some of the most popular things on the island, we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t recommend checking out a treasure like Kealakekua Bay. This place is seriously worth a look.

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About The Big Island

It’s easy to feel awed on Hawaii Island. From the molten magma flowing from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the snow-capped heights of Maunakea; from the green rainforests of the Hamakua Coast to the jet-black sands of Punaluu Beach; Hawaii Island is an unrivaled expression of the power of nature. To avoid confusion with the name of the entire state, the Island of Hawaii is often called the “Big Island,” and what an appropriate name it is. Nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined, its sheer size can be inspiring. You can travel through ten* of the world’s 14* different climate zones on Hawaii ranging from Wet Tropical to Polar Tundra, a result of the shielding effect and elevations of the massive volcanoes Maunakea and Maunaloa.

Getting There

Getting to Hawaii’s Big Island is easier than ever with daily direct flights into Kona International Airport. Major air carriers from Canada, the U.S. and Japan fly directly into Kona. Most of the direct flights are from the U.S. West Coast – mostly Los Angeles and San Francisco – plus Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Chicago.


Anytime of year is a good time to visit Hawaii’s Big Island. At sea level, the average summer temperature is 85 degrees Fahrenheit, 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round. Whale watching season runs from December through May, with peak whale watching months between January and early April.

Weddings in Maui

The biggest day of your life just found an appropriate home. The venue choices on Hawaii’s Big Island are endless, from a sunset beach ceremony on the Kona or Kohala Coast to the serene pagodas of Liliuokalani Gardens with Maunakea towering in the background. Fill a formal ballroom of a world-class resort with family and friends or exchange flower lei in a private ceremony, barefoot in the sand or with an erupting volcano as your backdrop.


Insider Tip

By Jodi Minorini


Protected by the endangered Species Act, these loveable green sea turtles can be found swimming in the water or sunning on the beach.  Please feel free to admire their beauty and take pictures, but please don’t touch.

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