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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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.
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.
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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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