Hawaii is also called the Big Island. It is build around 5 volcanoes, 3 of the them active, causing earthquakes, landslides and active lava flows.
On Mauna Kea's summet several astronomical instruments take advantige of the almost ideal observation conditions 

Captain Cook was the first European to discover Hawaii in 1778 but when he returned  in 1779 he was killed at Kealakekua Bay after trying to kidnap the local King. A simple monument commemorates this dramatic event.
Kamehameha the Great was born in the Kona area around 1760 and went on to unite the Hawaiian Islands in the early 1800ths.
Sugar cane was long the dominating industry but nowadays it is tourism, but Kona coffee and macadamia nuts are still important agricultural products.
Tourism is concentrated at the West Coast around Kona.while the rural East Coast features lush rainforests and mighty waterfalls.
Hilo is Hawaii's main city, prone to Tsunamis.
The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a must do for every visitor.
We have been on the Big Island several times, lastly in July 2001.
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