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
was the first European to discover Hawaii in 1778 but when he returned in 1779 he was killed at Kealakekua Bay
trying to kidnap the local King. A simple monument commemorates this dramatic event.
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.
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.