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|More or less 137,000 people live on the 4,038-square-mile island of Hawaii. The most heavily populated areas are Hilo on the east side and Kona on the west side. They have said Hawaii, the big island, is a multi-cultural home, where the Big Island’s terrain, climate, scenery and natural wonders are existed. Hawaii is sometimes called the Endangered Species Capital of the World. At least one third of all the endangered species in the United States are found in Hawaii.
The Big Island is the place for adventure. Horseback riding in Waimea. Golf everywhere! Snow skiing (really!) at Mauna Kea. You can stargaze from one of the clearest observation points on earth.
One of the Big Island’s loveliest waterfalls, is located in Hilo.
On the Wailuku river – as the cascades hit the water below, their mists create rainbows.
CAPTAIN COOK MONUMENT
At Kealakekua Bay, it is a tribute to the British navigator and discoverer of the Hawaiian islands who was killed on the shoreline in 1779.
One of several County Beach Parks along Hilo Bay. Swim in a large, sandy-bottomed pool protected by a breakwater.
Lava flows are marked by Warrior signs which designate flows which have surged down the mountains of Mauna Loa and Kilauea since prehistoric times.
EAST HAWAII CULTURAL CENTER
A non-profit organization which supports local arts.
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
One of the top scenic attractions in the Aloha State, has an array of unique volcanic formations, forests of giant tree ferns, steaming craters and a volcanological museum which shows free color movies daily.
LYMAN MISSION HOUSE AND MUSEUM
Preserved New England-style homestead of Congregationalist missionaries built in 1839. Includes extensive pre-contact displays of Hawaiian artifacts.
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH At Kailua-Kona, was erected by American missionaries who first landed on this coast in 1820.
WHITE SAND BEACHES: Hapuna State Beach Park, Anaehoomalu Beach, and Magic Sands Beach, Kailua, all on the western side of island.
ACCOMMODATIONS There are a number of Big Island vacation rentals from which to stay in the Kailua-Kona area or in Hilo.