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Hawaii (The Big Island) - A City Guide

By Nivedita Balamurugan


There's no place on earth quite like this handful of sun-drenched, mid-Pacific islands. The Hawaii of South Seas literature and Hollywood films really does exist. Here one will find palm-fringed blue lagoons, lush rainforests, hidden gardens, cascading waterfalls, wild rivers running through rugged canyons, and soaring volcanoes. And those beaches -- gold, red, black, and even green sands caressed by endless surf - a perfect place for spending holidays.


After a series of battles that ended in 1795 and peaceful cession of the island of Kauai in 1810, the Hawaiian Islands were united for the first time under a single ruler who would become known as King Kamehameha the Great. He established the House of Kamehameha, a dynasty that ruled over the kingdom until 1872. One of the most important events during those years was the suppression of the Hawaii Catholic Church. The Newlands Resolution was passed on July 7, 1898, formally annexing Hawaii as a United States territory. In 1900, it was granted self-governance and retained Iolani Palace as the territorial capitol building. In March 1959, both houses of Congress passed the Admission Act and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into law. On June 27 of that year, a plebiscite was held asking residents of Hawaii to vote on accepting the statehood bill. After statehood, Hawaii quickly became a modern state with a construction boom and rapidly growing economy.

Place of interest

It will not be a small list if anyone tries to make a list of all tourist attractions. The partial list should be look like this:

"Akaka Falls,

"Captain Dan McSweeney's Year-Round Whale-Watching Adventures

"Captain Zodiac,

"Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center,

"Fair Wind Snorkeling and Diving Adventures,

"Hapuna Golf Course,

"Mauna Lani Frances I'i Brown Championship Courses,

"Pololu Valley Lookout,

"Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park,

"World Botanical Garden.

Museums & Art Galleries

Some of the major museums are

"East Hawaii Cultural Center

"Hulihee Palace Museum

"Jaggar Museum

"Kamuela Museum

"Kona Historical Society

"Lyman House Memorial Museum

"Mokupapapa: Discovery Center For Hawaii's Remote Coral Reefs

"Pacific Tsunami Museum

"Parker Ranch Museum

are some of the museums in Big Island.

Hawaii's Big Island has a number of art gallery and cultural centers. Among them:

"Hawaiian Art Network

"Dreams Of Paradise

"Gallery Of Great Things

"Holualoa Gallery

"Spirit Art Studio

"Volcano Garden Arts

are some to mention about.


Hawaii Big Island hosts open market places with hundreds of merchants selling their hand crafted items under the open sky. These market places are one of the main tourist attractions here. Alii Gardens Marketplace, Long Ears Coffee Company, Kuaiwi Farm, Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation, Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, Anthuriums Of Hawaii, Hawaii Greenhouse Inc., Panaewa Hawaiian Homelands Farmers Market, Volcano Farmers Market are some of the famous marketplaces.

Besides these market places shopping malls and individual shops are there in Hawaii Big Island. Hilo Hattie - The Store of Hawaii, Hilo Shopping Center, Keauhou Shopping Center, King's Shops, Kona Coast Shopping Center, Lanihau Center are some shopping centers in Hawaii Big Island.

Food & Drink

So many restaurants, so little time for a traveler when it comes the time to wine and dine in Big Island. The Big Island's delicious dilemma is its daunting size and abundant offerings of its own cuisine. Shaka Restaurant, Anthony's Bistro & Bar, Charley's Bar & Grill, Grand Palace, Ting Hao, Bamboo Restaurant, Hualalai Grille By Alan Wong, Merriman's, Aloha Angel Caf", Big Island Grill are some of the great places for wine and dine. Except these restaurants and bars, Hawaii Big Island has a lot to offer to satisfy everyone's taste bud.


Big Island hosts

"More than 37 Public schools,

"More than 15 Private schools,

"University of Hawaii at Hilo

"Hawaii Community College - part of the University of Hawaii System.

Students choosing private education attend Brigham Young University Hawai?i, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii Pacific University and University of the Nations.


Hawaii Big Island has lots to offer for the tourists to attend and participate in different sports like Scuba diving, Horse back riding, fishing, Golf, Cycling and hiking.

Hotels & Accommodation

Some budget hotels in Hawai are mentioned bellow.

"Aaah the Views Bed & Breakfast

"Affordable Hawaii at Pomaikai (Lucky) Farm Bed & Breakfast

"Cook's Discoveries Waimea Suite

"Kona Tiki Hotel

"Volcano Bed & Breakfast

"The Bay House

"Manago Hotel

Beside these budget hotels some mid range to hi-end hotels are there:

"Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu

"Kona Village Resort

"The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

"Hilton Waikoloa Village

"Horizon Guest House

"Kanaloa at Kona

Tours and Sightseeing

Organized tours are available in Hawaii Big Island. Beside the beaches these tours cover all the Hawaii Big Island places and activities. Tours' nature is guided or self guided. The tours are rich in contents. It may be walking or hiking tours through Thurston Lava Tube at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, or snorkeling Kahaluu Beach Park or it may be a submarine tour into the Underwater World. Different tours are there in offer. The Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center, Watching the Volcano is also in the content of the tour.


Flying is the most common way to get to Hawaii's Big Island. Air travelers are serviced by Kona International Airport (KOA) on the west side of the island, and Hilo International Airport (ITO) on the east. National and international carriers offer both direct and non-stop flights to KOA and ITO.

An alternate method of getting to Hawaii's Big Island is aboard a cruise ship. Several ships make weekly stops in Hilo Harbor on the East side, and also generally visit Kailua Bay on the West side.

Different car rental is available for transportation. These car rentals can be done by the on request to the hotels. The Big Island's public transportation system, called Hele-On, consists of a main route between Hilo and Kailua-Kona that operates once a day in each direction, plus several feeder routes to Volcano, Pahoa and Waikoloa that run two or three times a day.

About The Author

Nivedita Balamurugan

Occupation: Traveler


Biography: Nivedita is with The Reservation Center - providers of discounted tours to make your vacations and sightseeing trips in various cities across the world as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.


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