Hawaii’s Big Island

History of Hawaii’s Big Island

“Hawaii’s Big Island” got that name to keep down confusion from the actual state name. The Big Island is bigger than all of the other Hawaiian islands put together. Hawaii’s Big Island is filled with Hawaiian temples from ancient days.

You will be able to learn a lot of Hawaiian history here. Since the island is so large, it will take a long time to see everything. It’s best that your visits are separated into segments. The Big Island isn’t going anywhere, so they’ll be plenty for you to see on another visit.

Back in the late 1700s, Hawaii’s Big Island was separated into different islands. It was not uncommon to find them fighting against each other. By the year 1791, the islands came together to form what is now known as Hawaii’s Big Island.

The Big Island is a vital part of Hawaiian history and culture. In fact, people still believe that there is a Hawaiian god that still resides there and is among the living. Supposedly, there is a volcano goddess names Pele who lives in the Kilauea Volcano. Since 1983, she has provoked eruptions at the Kilauea Volcano.

One thing that is frowned upon is removing volcanic rocks from the area. People that have removed pieces of the rocks have been said to experience adverse events when they returned home. They attributed it to them taking the rock with them.

They end up returning the rock and writing a letter of apology for removing it in the first place. It seems as though some people think that Pele wasn’t pleased with them removing the rock and felt that they were disrespecting her in the process.

Kona Coast

kona_coast.jpg Part of the Kona coastline includes the start of Kailua Kona past Kealakekua Bay. If you wanted to drive through there, it may take you at least an hour or more to do so. During your travels, you will be able to see the Kona Coffee farms and famous historic landmarks.

Hawaiian royalty once resided on the Kona coast. You can find places such as Hulihee Palace and Puuhonua o Honaunau here. You can also learn more of Hawaii’s history at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park.

If you’re looking for water activities, you can snorkel and dive in South Kona’s waters. In South Kona, you will also find dolphins and green sea turtles that are referred to here as honu. If you’re looking for a more daring activity, try swimming with the manta rays or deep-sea fishing for the large Pacific Blue Marlin.

Kona Coffee

Elsewhere on the Kona Coast, you may want to visit some of the many coffee plantations and you can get a taste of some of the unique coffee beans that are produced here. Kona coffee is unique and exclusive to Hawaii.

The coffee beans are produced and grown in North and South Kona. This is a great place to produce and grow the coffee beans because of the environment that they are exposed to.

In order for the beans to maintain their value and high quality, it’s best that they are in a high elevation area. Also, there has to be clouds and the soil has to be rich in order for the coffee beans to turn out just right.

Coffee farms are plenty in Kona, about 600 or so to be exact. Most of the coffee farms allow tours to people that are visiting the island. If you go to one, you will be able to see how they produce and harvest the coffee beans.

At the end, you will be able to sample a freshly brewed cup of Kona coffee. The exquisite aroma and taste is something that you can’t experience anywhere else.

Mokuaikaua Church

Mokuaikaua Church is located in Kailua-Kona. This Chrisitan Church was the very first place of worhship built in 1820 by the first missionaries that settled in Hawaii. The missionaries were originally from Boston.

They made their journey to Kailua-Kona on a ship called the Thaddeus. They had to navigate through the rough area of Cape Horn. It took them about five and a half months to complete their trip.

The church is made out of coral and lava rock. In order to make the mortar, the coral had to be crushed. It took thousands of men for this process. On the inside of the church, the interior is made from native koa wood.

The entrance, which is made in the form of an archway if made of lava stones. The church is available for tours where you can see many historic and religious artifacts from the 1800s.


Hilo is the capital of Hawaii Big Island. It is first in line as the largest settlement of Hawaii Big Island and second in line as the largest settlement in the state of Hawaii. Hilo is near two volcanoes, Mauna Loa, which is an active volcano and Mauna Kea, which is not active. On Mauna Kea, you can find some of the best areas to see the astronomical observatories.

The annual Merrie Monarch Festival is held here. The event lasts a week and basically honors hula from ancient history and modern times. This weeklong event is usually scheduled after the Easter holiday.

Hilo has the distinction of being the wettest city in the United States and one of the wettest in the world. The measurement of rainfall for Hilo is around 128 inches, especially near the airport area.

In other areas of Hilo. The rainfall measures about over 200 inches. Unfortunately, the town of Hilo is one of the places that can be prone to tsunamis, because of its location on the shore of Hilo Bay.

Hilo is filled with places to go, including shopping centers, hotels, restaurants and movie theaters.

In addition to that, the town of Hilo is best known for the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation, a Hershey subsidiary, where the plant makes its home. The plant is one of the top makes of macadamia nuts.

The plants are also a popular tourist attraction in Hilo and allow tours of their processing plant. You will have to tour it from the outside from a walkway on the second floor due to safety restrictions. They also have a gift shop where you can get homemade macadamia nut ice cream and samples of other flavors.

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