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Big Island, Hawaii

 The Island of Hawaii is known colloquially as “Big Island.” This is a fitting nickname, for the Island is twice the combined size of its neighboring counterparts! Big Island flaunts its colors like the plumes of a peacock: fierce reds of magma from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park contrast spectacularly with the bright white snow of Maunakea, while the electric black sands of Punaluu Beach stream into the emerald green of Hamakua Coast’s rainforests. Let Big Island’s significance as the birthplace of King Kamehameha I serve as a prelude to all of its wonders.


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Tribune Herald
West Hawaii Today


Most stores are open daily 9:30am to 9pm. or later. Most bars and clubs close around 2 a.m.




The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce
75-5737 Kuakini Highway #208
+1 808 329 1758


The Island

While Hawaii Island may be the youngest island in the archipelago, it retains its prominence as the first island to be touched by man. Coming in the form of Polynesian voyagers from the Marquesas Islands 1,500 years ago, they would become the first Hawaiians. Native Hawaiian temple ruins, royal grounds, fish ponds, sacred burial spots, and petroglyphs all remain as evidence of this early culture. And Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park also retains many areas and items of historical significance.

Throughout Hawaii’s era of discovery, Hawaii Island was divided among chiefdoms, leading to frequent skirmishes and contention between the factions. It was during this time that the last major religious “heiau” temple was built. In constructing a tribute to the war god Kukailimoku, King Kamehameha I hoped to bolster his efforts in uniting the Hawaiian Islands. He would go on to conquer the island and indeed unite the Kingdom. The temple is now the Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site in North Kohala, and there are also statues and dedications to the Great King Kamehameha around Hawaii Island.

Over the next centuries, Hawaii Island would be influenced by the influx of missionaries, along with a roaring sugar industry. Today’s Big Island continues as a cornerstone for the Hawaiian Islands’ beauty, culture, and eternal elegance.

Do & See

The Big Island is not only the largest island in Hawaii, it also has an active volcano to amaze visitors with an unparalleled view of the Earth in action. It is only one of the many natural and historical sites that enthuse visitors to the island annually.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Punaluu Black Sand Beach

Two Step Snorkeling

Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor

Royal Footsteps Along the Kona Coast

Kau Scenic Byway - The Slopes of Mauna Loa

Akaka Falls State Park


Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona)


Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park


Hamakua Heritage Corridor

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site

Pololu Valley Lookout

Anaehoomalu Beach

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

Hulihee Palace

Imiloa Astronomy Center

Kilauea Iki Trail


Big Island restaurants include small family friendly seafood spots and exquisite resort fine dining. No matter where you go, you will be greeted by the welcoming island attitude and delicious food you will find nowhere else on the planet.

Bite Me Fish Market Bar and Grill

Lotus Cafe

Rays on the Bay

Ocean Bar and Grill

Sushi Rock

Kona Beach Restaurant

Kamuela Provision Company

Arnie's Clubhouse Restaurant


Dona & Toni's Pizza

Number 3


Coast Grille

Brown's Beach House Restaurant

Lagoon Grill

Wasabi's Japanese Cuisine

Queen's Court Dining Room

Don The Beachcomber

Merriman's Restaurant

Beach Tree Restaurant


100% pure Kona coffee is a rare commodity exclusively grown in north and south Kona. The high elevation, constant cloud coverage and rich volcanic soil from Hualalai Volcano in the upland slopes of Kona create an ideal coffee experience to cherish. As such, there are several coffee shops that are run by local roasters, as well as bakeries selling delights you will only find on the island.

Kona Coffee House & Cafe

Evolution Bakery & Cafe

Punalu'u Bake Shop


Café Pesto

Bars & Nightlife

Big Island has a sleepier, more laid-back vibe than other Hawaiian islands, but that doesn't mean that the nightlife is dead. The resorts host night-time activities and events to keep guests busy, and a handful of bustling bars can be found around the island. Art is also alive and vibrant in small playhouses and movie theatres, some of which screen indie and foreign films, and there is always live music somewhere. And of course, the local specialty is the luau, a chance for visitors to experience the music and dances of the island, accompanied by fine food and finer company.

Huggo's on the Rocks

Cronie's Bar and Grill

Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge

Uncle Robert’s Awa Club

Island Breeze Luau

Beach Tree Bar and Lounge

Kahilu Theatre

Holua Poolside Bar & Lounge

Malolo Lounge

Sunset Luau

Aloha Theatre

Sam's Hideaway

Honokaʻa People's Theatre

The Mask-querade Bar

Don's Mai Tai Bar

Blue Dragon Coastal Cuisine & Musiquarium

Mehana Brewing Company

Kona Brewing Company

Humpy's Big Island Alehouse

Hilo Town Tavern


The numerous Big Island resorts all offer interesting options, as do the villages and downtown Kona. Even the touristy spots can be exciting, but, if you dig a little deeper, you can find some coveted local favourites and have a much more rewarding shopping experience. Especially appealing is the artwork and houseware made from local materials, such as lava rock and milo wood, which can be found in boutiques and galleries across the island.

Prince Kuhio Plaza

Just Ukes

Keauhou Shopping Center

Bentley's Home & Garden Collection

Hilo Farmers Market

Parker Ranch Center

Sig Zane Designs

Basically Books

Big Island Candies Inc.

Ueshima Coffee Corp

The Shops at Mauna Lani

Big Island Bees

Kona Wine Market

Hula Lamps of Hawaii

Queens' MarketPlace

Kings' Shops

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Company

Holualoa Gallery

Alii Gardens Marketplace

Kilauea Kreations


Big Island has beautiful hotels and resorts to offer. Immerse yourself in a tropical paradise with rooms overlooking the beautiful tumbling waters of the Pacific Ocean lapping up onto pristine sandy beaches. Whether your vacation goals involve exploring the island or simply going the way of the beach bum, you are never too far from the history, adventure, and cool vibes that radiate like sunshine throughout this magnificent island.

RVC at Kona Reef

Sea Mountain

Sea Village

Waikoloa Beach Resort

Kona Seaside Hotel

Paniolo Greens Resort

Volcano Village Lodge

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Luau

The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls

Volcano Forest Inn

Dolphin Bay Hotel

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Kalaekilohana Bed and Breakfast

Essential Information


Two airports serve Hawaii Island: Kona International Airport (KOA) in Kona in the west, and Hilo International Airport (ITO) in Hilo in the east.

KOA services major airlines, including Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, GO! Mokulele, Hawaiian Airlines, Island Air, United Airlines, US Airways and Westjet. KOA is accessible by car, taxi and shuttle, with The Hawaii County Mass Transit Agency Hele-On bus operating a limited service between the airport and Kailua-Kona town.

ITO services GO!, Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines. ITO is accessible by car and taxi without public transportation available.

Address: 73-200 Kupipi St, Kailua-Kona

Phone: +1 808 327 9520


Public Transport

The Hawaii County Mass Transit Agency provides public transportation around Big Island on the Hele-On bus. Additionally, the Transit Agency offers a Shared Ride Taxi program which provides door-to-door transportation within the urbanized area of Hilo.



The following cab companies serve Big Island:

Kona Taxicab LLC, +1 808 324 4444

Global Rider, +1 808 631 9196

Dakine Taxi, +1 808 329 4446


Mina Pharmacy
75-5995 Kuakini Highway
+1 808 329 1000

333 Kilauea Avenue
+1 808 935 0001

Address: 75-5995 Kuakini Highway

Phone: +1 808 329 1000

Time Zone

Big Island is in the Hawaii-Aleutian Standard time zone, and all times are reflected in Hawaii-Aleutian Standard time.


US Post Office

Address: 74-5577 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona

Phone: +1 808 326 1432



Country code: +1
Area code: 808