Comprehensively covers Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, the state's premier attraction with over 2 million visitors annually. Insightful History and Environment chapters by Hawaiian specialists. New Hawai'i Outdoors chapter for adrenaline adventures, from scuba diving to climbing volcanoes.
The Big Island gets an average of 1200 earthquakes every week, and its live volcanic flows add 500+ acres of new land to the island annually.
The island arose from five distinct volcanoes. The Big Island has only two distinct seasons, kau (summer) and ho'oilo (winter) when it snows on the Big Island, locals can ski and snowboard on Mauna Kea, a 13,800ft mountain with astronomical observatories at its summit. Waipi'o is called the 'Valley of Kings' because it was once the political and religious centre of ancient Hawaii, and home to Hawaii's ali'i (chiefs, royalty).
No wonder they call it the Big Island. Volcanoes? Mauna Loa is the biggest on earth. Stargazing? The clearest night skies in the world. Water sports? Why go anywhere else? Big? Absolutely. Adrenaline addicts, beach goers and culture buffs alike, let this guide take you deep into the Hawai'i that only Big Islanders know about.
CONNECT with the Big Island through chapters written by Hawai'i-born specialists.
FIT FOR A KING - all the best places to catch a traditional luau and enjoy a kalua feast.
FIND YOUR WAY - with more than 50 detailed maps.
ESCAPE to all the hiking hotspots in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.
BE INSPIRED - discover the adrenaline junkie in you with the best outdoor activities.