Big Island of Hawaii is not just big, but still growing, and at 10,432.5 km2 is larger than all the other islands combined. The southernmost point of the United States, Ka Lae, is located on the island of Hawaii.
This island consists of five shield volcanoes that erupted in series, covering one another. Some active volcanoes such as Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Hawaii are part of the Volcanic National Park, and still occasionally erupt. Kilauea Volcano has been erupting continuously since 1983. Erupting lava flows continually increase the size of the island. Lava flowing from Kilauea, destroyed several towns in the 1960's and 1990's. In 1987 the lava filled the largest freshwater lake in the Queen's Bath near Kalapana.
There are several legends about the name of the island. One says that Hawaii was named in honor of Gavayiloa, the Polynesian explorer who first discovered it. Other sources link the name with the legendary kingdom Gavaiki, from where the Polynesians come before birth and to where they go after death.
The Big Island was home to the first Hawaiian king, Kamehameha the Great, who conquered and united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810. Captain James Cook was killed on the Big Island in Kealakekua Bay.
Visiting the island of Hawaii, you will experience many climatic zones, ranging from lush tropical forests and volcanic deserts to snow-capped mountain peaks and beautiful black-sand beaches. If you are looking for a romantic getaway or a trip along unbeaten paths, you'll discover it all on the island of Hawaii.
The flight from Honolulu on the island of Hawaii, starts at $170 per person.