Big Island Sights & Attractions

 


 
Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical ParkPuuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park – Image courtesy of intrepidtravel.com

Top attractions on the Big Island


The Big Island of Hawaii offers a choice of must-see attractions on an island famous for its natural beauty – just perfect for active couples celebrating a honeymoon or romantic getaway.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Watch lava flow into the sea from Kilauea, Hawaii’s still-active volcano, which has been continuously erupting since 1983. Hawaii's other active volcanos are Mauna Loa, which last erupted in 1984 and at 4000m is snow-capped in winter, and Loihi, located underwater off the southern coast.

Located on the south-east coast, the 97,000ha park is Hawaii's best place for hiking, with about 225km of trails winding through a landscape of black lava deserts, rainforests, grassy coastal plains and snowy summits.

Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Discover an important Hawaiian cultural and historical site on the Kona Coast, built as a refuge for ancient Hawaiians who had violated kapu (social taboo) or as a sanctuary for defeated warriors.

The park boasts archaeological sites including temple platforms, royal fishponds and the ruins of ancient villages. The Hale o Keawe temple contains the mortal remains of 23 Hawaiian chiefs.

Kealakekua Bay
Situated about 20km south of Kailua-Kona, Kealakekua Bay is a Marine Life Conservation District, perfect for snorkelling, scuba diving and kayaking. It’s also an historical site: a large white obelisk on the shore of Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park marks the spot where Captain James Cook met his death in a skirmish with native Hawaiians in 1779.

In 1778, Cook made his mark as the first British explorer to establish contact with the Hawaiian Islands.

Parker Ranch
The history of the Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) culture goes back 200 years and is best showcased in the Parker Ranch Museum and Visitor Centre in Waimea. Here you can experience paniolo herding, cutting, roping, branding and cattle sorting on a wagon-ride, while also seeing ancient Hawaiian artifacts in the hill country.

The museum contains antique ranching tools, historic photographs and furnishings and is complemented by two historic homes on the site, one of which houses an art gallery containing original works by Renoir, Degas and Pissarro.

Kona Coffee Museum and Farm
For a taste of the coffee industry that flourished in the early 20th century on the Big Island, tour the Uchida Coffee Farm, south of Kealakekua town on the Kona Coast. Dressed in period costumes, guides show off the original farmhouse, bathhouse, coffee mill and drying platforms.

Latest update on this honeymoon destination: 15 February, 2017
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