You can’t escape feeling in awe on Hawaii Island. From the molten magma flowing from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the snow-capped heights of Maunakea; from the green rainforests of the Hamakua Coast to the jet-black sands of Punaluu Beach; Hawaii Island is an unrivalled expression of the power of nature.To avoid confusion with the name of the entire state, the Island of Hawaii is often called the “Big Island,” and what an appropriate name it is. Nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined, its sheer size can be inspiring. You’ll find all but two of the world’s climatic zones within this island’s shores.
The dramatic size and scope of the largest Hawaiian Island create a microcosm of environments and activities. On this island’s vast tableau, you’ll find everything from extravagant resorts and incredible golf courses to modest local towns and sacred Hawaiian historical sites, from the birthplace of King Kamehameha I to Hawaii’s first missionary church in Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona). With so much to see, it’s best to experience the island in small pieces. There’s plenty of room on Hawaii Island for your return.
My brother –in-law Atul Vaghela and his family – wife Jayashree Vaghela, Daughter Avni Vaghela and Sunny boy – Purav Vaghela were in Big Island Hawaii for a vacation. We present here pictures exclusively clicked for my Blog family by Atul.
I would like to share these breathtakingly beautiful pictures which will lure you to be in Hawaii for your next vacation.
Hawaiʻi, also called the Island of Hawaiʻi the Big Island or Hawaiʻi Island Hawaiian: which comprises Hawaiʻi County and the Hilo, HI Micropolitan Statistical Area, is an island, and located in the U.S. state of Hawaii in the Hawaiian Islands. It is the largest and the southeastern-most of the Hawaiian islands, a chain of volcanic islands in the North Pacific Ocean. With an area of 4,028 square miles (10,430 km2), it is larger than all of the other islands in the archipelago combined and is the largest island in the United States. The island is known as the “Big Island” to reduce confusion between island and the state.
As of the 2010 Census the population was 185,079. The county seat and largest city is Hilo. There are no incorporated cities in Hawaiʻi County. County has a mayor-council form of government.
Hawaii County is one of seven counties in the United States to share the same name as the state in which it is located (the other six counties are Arkansas County, Idaho County, Iowa County, New York County, Oklahoma County, and Utah County).
Hawaiʻi is said to have been named for Hawaiʻiloa, the legendary Polynesian navigator who first discovered it. Other accounts attribute the name to the legendary realm of Hawaiki, a place from which the Polynesian people are said to have originated. The place where they go in the afterlife, the realm of the gods and goddesses. Captain James Cook, the European who claimed to have discovered the Hawaiian Islands and called them the “Sandwich Islands”, was killed on the Big Island at Kealakekua Bay.
Hawaiʻi was the home island of Paiʻea Kamehameha, later known as Kamehameha the Great. Kamehameha united most of the Hawaiian islands under his rule in 1795, after several years of war, and gave the kingdom and the island chain the name of his native island.
Text courtesy: Bienu Verma Vaghela
Photograph courtesy: Atul Vaghela in Hawaii