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Hawaii Island Travel Guide

Articles, general information and resources for visitors to the island of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island of Hawaii. Includes the island's visitor attractions, activities, lodging, dining, events, and transportation options.

The island of Hawaii is often called "The Big Island" to distinguish it from state of Hawaii, which has the same name. It is the largest of the Hawaiian islands, and its area (4028 square miles) is more then twice the size of all of the other islands combined. The island was formed from five major volcanoes, and exploring those volcanoes is one of the most popular activities on the Big Island.

The Big Island of Hawaii is the only Hawaiian island that still has an active volcano and the national park surrounding that volano is among the the most visited attractions on the island. Most of the island's hotels and resorts are in the North Kona and South Kohala regions on the west coast, but there are smaller hotels, bed and breakfast inns, youth hostels, and vacstion rentals on all parts of the island.

Regions of Hawaii Island

Kona Region
Most of the visitors to the Big island of Hawaii arrive by air and land at the Kona International Airport (KOA). Kona has two sub-regions, the North Kona Region and the South Kona Region.

Kohala Region
Kohala has two sub-regions, the South Kohala Region and the North Kohala Region. The South Kohala Region is situated just north of Kona and it is the homeof many of the island's most luxurious coastal resorts. North Kohala includes a small section of the west coast, a longer section of the north coast, and and inland section of ranching lands known as "Paniolo Country".

Hilo Region
The Hilo Region has two sub-sections, the South Hilo Region and the North Hilo Region. The South Hilo Region includes the Hawaii county seat and town of Hilo, Hilo International Airport. Both Hilo Regions include sections of the island's rugged Hamakua Coast.

Hamakua Region
Located along the Northern coast of the Big Island, west of the North Hilo Region and east of the North Kohala Region.

Puna Region
The Puna Region south of Hilo Toown. is the home of the island's most visited attraction, and one of only two national parks in the state of Hawaii: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visitors to the Volcano often fly into Hilo Airport and drive to the volcano park through the Puna Region. Puna has lowland areas along its black lava rock coast and upcountry areas between the coast and the volcano.

Kau Region
The Kau Region on the south side of Hawaii Island is the largest of the Big Islands regions, but it is also the most remote and least populated. Most of it is situated along the southeast coast but it also a small section of the southwest coast. It is most well-known for its "South Point", which is the southern-most point in the United States. Other attractions include the island's only green sand beach, two county beach parks, and the annual Kau coffee Festival.

Paniolo Country
Located mostly in an inland section of the North Kohala Region.

Volcanic Region
Located in two of the island's tourism regions, the Puna Region and the Kau Region.

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