When I want to visit another island, I usually choose Hawaii. I like to discover the big island because I have a great love for volcanoes. Volcanoes National Park is located on Hawaii (The Big Island). There are two major airports you can fly into. There is Hilo International airport and Kona International airport. You must first decide on what you would like to see and what type of climate you want when you visit Hawaii. If you want warm, sunny, dry weather, you would want to fly into Kona. Kona is interesting and like no other place in the Hawaiian Islands. The sunny coastline is lined with black lava rocks and lava walls. At times it looks like you are on another planet. The Kona District spans about 60 miles from Kona International airport to just past Kealakekua Bay. Kona has world class shopping , deep sea fishing and everything else from coffee plantations to ancient Hawaiian landmarks. One place that you should visit in Kona is Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park (Place of Refuge). Here you will find ancient Heiau’s, petroglyphs and fishponds. Kona is home to Kona Coffee and the International billfish tournament. Kona is the much sunnier and warmer side of the island since rainfall is only 20 - 60 inches per year. Volcanoes National Park is about 95 miles from Kona.
You may also choose to discover the big island from Hilo. Hilo is much more lush, green and humid than Kona. Hilo receives about 120 inches of rainfall yearly. Hilo is a quaint, picturesque town that sits by the edge of the ocean in a valley where Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea meet. The Hilo side of the island is a photographers paradise. You will see dozens of waterfalls plunging through the jungle and wild orchids growing along the road. The roads are covered on both sides with lush green trees and vines. Volcanoes National Park is only 27 miles from Hilo. Hilo is home to Lili’uokalani Gardens and Akaka Falls, Boiling Pots and Rainbow falls are close by. Which ever way you choose to discover the big island, you will be in for a real tropical treat. To find out what there is to see and do in Hawaii, Please see the resources in the right column.
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