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Hawaii (Big Island)

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Hawaii Big Island

Hawaii Big Island

Hawaii Big Island

Hawaii Big Island

Hawaii Big Island

Hawaii Big Island

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. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Ride a Horse to Heaven on Earth

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.

Ride a Horse to Heaven on Earth

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You Can See Forever From the Mauna Kea Summit

The sunset vista from the top of Hawaii’s highest peak is legendary. The observatory visitor station partway up offers nightly stargazing.

You Can See Forever From the Mauna Kea Summit

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Explore the Coastal Site Where Royalty Lived

Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park recreates the home of ancient chiefs. Artists demonstrate carving, weaving and other traditional crafts.

Explore the Coastal Site Where Royalty Lived

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Some Say It’s the World’s Most Beautiful Beach

Stunning Mauna Kea Beach features a wide strip of sand, snorkeling and palm trees for shade. Nearby Hapuna Beach is its equal in sheer sunny beauty.

Some Say It’s the World’s Most Beautiful Beach

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A Perfect Place to Find Island Products and Art

On Wednesday and Saturday, the famed Hilo Farmers Market is an explosion of colorful flowers, crafts and food products, from coffee to nuts.

A Perfect Place to Find Island Products and Art

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A Wonderland of Greenery on Onomea Bay

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden features waterfalls, lovely ocean views and more than 2,000 species of rain forest plants.

A Wonderland of Greenery on Onomea Bay

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