In the North Pacific Ocean lies the island of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island. On this volcano-rich island with subtropical coastline, nature's elements collide spectacularly. On this remote American island, the unique Polynesian culture of the Hawaiians and their special connection to nature is ever present.
Set out exploring to see the islands natural wonders. Take a few days to drive around the Big Island. The resort-rich west side of the Big Island offers black lava beaches, history, and water sports.
This beach park is part of Kailua-Kona, the island's main resort hub. When you're ready a break, taste one of Kona's exclusive brews or treat the children to shave ice, another Hawaiian specialty. Relax a few days on Mauna Kea Beach with Hawaii's highest point, the summit of Mauna Kea volcano in the backdrop.
See primitive canoes, huts, and board games, and walk around the sacred burial temple for Hawaiian chiefs guarded by carved Kii gods. Spend some time in the Big Island's interior and explore the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You can even join a cruise to see the lava pour into the ocean.
Hawaii's mighty volcanoes did not scare off the brave Polynesian seafarers some thousand years ago when they first set foot on the Big Island. Fertile molten soil is perfect for new beginnings, and on the Big Island's windward coast, nature and people flourish. On the island's Northern tip, in the Polulu Valley, overlook the sprawling forest reserves of Hawaii's lush northern region, the birthplace of Kamehameha the legendary king that unified the Hawaiian islands. Browse the boutique, unique shops and galleries in the historic and rustic towns of Kupahoa and Huawei.
Back on the West coast, watch the sun sink into the North Pacific Ocean like a glowing ball of fire Hapuna Beach. Salute the island of Hawaii with a Mai Tai or a lava flow inspired cocktail. Here's to Earth, fire, wind, and water, nature's splendid gifts to humankind.