This is Hawai'i, the Big Island.
It is a place of infinite beauty
Known around the world as a place of paradise, Hawai'i is abundant with waterfalls, tropical rain forests, volcanoes, cascading valleys, surf breaks, star filled skies, exotic fruit, culture, history and Aloha. There is something here for the explorer within every one of us.
Open your heart and mind and let the island transform you. When you leave, don't forget to bring the Aloha everywhere you go! For the Hawaiians, Aloha is not just hello and goodbye. It is an expression of love, unity, friendship, compassion and community. The literal translation of the word is "the joyful sharing of life energy in the present" or simply put, "joyfully sharing life."
If it is the volcanic activity that brings you to the island, prepare to be filled with awe at the immensity of the volcanoes. Even if there is not an active flow, trails through Volcanoes National Park will put you in the forefront of destructions passed and night viewings of the caldera will reveal the eerie red glow from the lava lake below. Made up of five volcanoes, the Big Island is Big for a reason- it expands everyday. Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Mauna Loa is the largest active volcano on earth. Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world, measuring from base to summit.
Known for being one of the wettest cities in the United States, Hilo features a tropical rainforest climate that keeps everything lush, green and abundant. In its rich history, Hilo has been threatened by both tsunamis and lava flows. But today, Hilo is a core of the island's culture and a place of community.
From the black sand beaches of Richardsons to Honoli'i Surf Beach, Hilo offers plenty of opportunity for snorkeling, diving, surfing and working on your tan-lines. It is also the home of Rainbow Falls, the famed waterfall on the Wailuku River which boasts scenic rainbows and tall Banyan trees. Not far up along the Hamakua Coastline, you can also find other natural treasures such as Akaka Falls, Waipio Valley and some of the world's most beautiful tropical botanical gardens.
Although the Hilo Farmer's Market is open daily, it is especially busy on Wednesdays and Saturdays. At the market you can find local crafts, foods and connect with the people who make it all happen! Afterwards you can wind down at one of the bars or cafes downtown.
Between the museums and plentiful yoga studios, Hilo Town has something for you.
A Hui Hou!