Get Inspired / Pacific Islands / USA / Hawaii Hawai'i: Highlights of Hawai'i Island Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Pacific Islands / USA / Hawaii Hawai'i: Highlights of Hawai'i Island story by: Inspire Hawai'i At Volcanoes National Park on the island of Hawai’i (known as the Big Island) is one of the few places where you can actually see new land being created as molten lava plunges into the sea. The sudden meeting of hot rock and cool water creates a vast steam cloud that can be seen from miles away. To see it after dark is even more impressive, all glowing red against the black lava field and night sky. Volcanoes aren’t the only reason to visit the island of Hawai’i. On the west coast is Kona, a cute little waterfront town that today is famous for its coffee and World Ironman championship. Great men have walked this land – this was the last royal residence of King Kamehameha the Great, while nearby Kealakekua Bay is where Captain Cook first set foot on the island. KEALAKEKUA BAY – A Marine Life Conservation District popular with divers, snorkellers and kayakers. The Captain Cook Monument is located at the end of the bay, at the site of his death in 1779. HAWAI’I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – Dramatic, diverse, vast and still growing! To best appreciate the volcanoes, plan to spend at least a day exploring the park. PUNALU’U BEACH – Visit the Black Sand that formed from hardened lava that has been crumbled into tiny particles. This is a popular spot for curious beachgoers and is also a habitat for honu (turtles). ‘AKAKA FALLS STATE PARK – After a short hike, you’ll first see the 100-foot Kahuna Falls and then continuing on the loop track witness the towering ‘Akaka Falls plunging 442 feet from the cliffs above. DEEP SEA FISHING – A great place to hook big mahimahi, ono, ahi and Pacific Blue Marlin is off the Kona Coast. HAWAI’I ISLAND IS THE GOLF CAPITAL OF HAWAI’I – Its wide open spaces, dramatic contours and elevation changes make the 18 golf courses here a fantastic day out! HELICOPTER – Take a ride and view some of the most incredibly diverse and interesting landscapes in the world. KONA COFFEE – Don’t forget to try one of Hawai’i’s most famous exports and take a couple of bags home for yourself. KONA FARMER’S MARKET – Open Wednesday-Sunday it offers a selection of home-made crafts, fresh tropical flowers and mouth-watering food. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist The 6 best stopover destinations en route to Europe Read more Add or remove from Wishlist How to spend 24 hours in Waikiki Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.