Best Places to Visit on the Big Island

Below are some of the best places to visit on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Hawaii Island is truly the “Big Island” and that is what it is commonly called although it is correctly referred to as Hawaii or the island of Hawaii. It is bigger than all of the other islands combined and takes an entire day to drive around it.

At least 7 distinct climate zones are found here and it’s one of the few places in the world where you can play in the snow in the morning (at the top of Mauna Kea) and be surfing on a beautiful beach a couple of hours later.  One of the world’s most active and accessible volcanos (Kilauea) is found here at the southern end of the island.

King Kamehemeha, who unified the Hawaiian islands, was born here and lived most of the time.

Waipio Valley has been called the most beautiful place in the world.

PlaceNormal Speed Slower Please!
Kohala Coast
‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay
Waikoloa
Puakō
Hāpuna Beach
Kawaihae
Mahukona
Kapa‘a Beach Park
‘Upolu Point
Mo‘okini Heiau
Hawi
Kapa‘au
King Kamehameha Statue
Pololū Valley lookout
Waimea
Kamuela
Hāmākua Coast
Waipi‘o Valley
Honoka‘a
Laupāhoehoe
Pāpa‘aloa
Hakalau
‘Akaka Falls
Hilo
Volcano Area:
Kea‘au
Pāhoa
Kalapana
Kilauea
Pāhala
Punalu‘u
Na‘alehu
Kā‘ū District (southernmost)
Ho‘okena Beach Park
South Kona:
Napo‘opo‘o
Pu‘uhonua O Hōnaunau (Place of Refuge)
Hōnaunau
Kealakekua
North Kona:
Kainaliu
Honalo
Keauhou
Kahalu‘u
Kailua-Kona
Keahole
Honokōhau Harbor
Kealakehe
Holualoa
Kalaoa
Koloko
Ka‘ūpūlehu (Four Seasons)
Kīholo Bay
Volcanoes:
Mauna Kea
Mauna Loa
Hualālai
Streets and Miscellaneous:
Ka‘iminani Street
Makalei
Mamalahoa Highway
Palani Road
Lanihau Shopping Center
Makalapua Shopping Center
Kohanaiki (Pine Trees)
Kuakini Highway
Queen Ka‘ahumanu
Hōkūmoana
Kolea