About Big Island, HI
Nicknamed the Big Island, Hawaii the island is a microcosm of Hawaii the state. From long white-sand beaches and crystal-clear bays to rain forests, waterfalls, luau, exotic flowers, and birds, all things quintessentially Hawaiian are well represented here.
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Seen in many movie scenes, Waipio Valley boasts high cliffs, fantastic waterfalls and a black-sand beach. It’s best explored on a guided riding tour.
The sunset vista from the top of Hawaii’s highest peak is legendary. The observatory visitor station partway up offers nightly stargazing.
Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park recreates the home of ancient chiefs. Artists demonstrate carving, weaving and other traditional crafts.
On Wednesday and Saturday, the famed Hilo Farmers Market is an explosion of colorful flowers, crafts and food products, from coffee to nuts.
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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden features waterfalls, lovely ocean views and more than 2,000 species of rain forest plants.
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