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The Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii, the Big Island

The Island of Hawaii is the youngest island in the Hawaiian chain, providing a vast canvas of environments to discover a variety of unrivaled natural wonders. This is the home of one of the world's most active volcanoes (Kilauea), the tallest sea mountain in the world at more than 33,000 feet (Maunakea), the most massive mountain in the world (Maunaloa) and the largest park in the state (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park). The large variety of climactic zones generate everything from lush rain forests to volcanic deserts, snow-capped mountaintops to beautiful black sand beaches. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or a journey off the beaten path, you'll discover it all on Hawaii, the Big Island.

Getting to Hawaii Island  

Travel to Kona International Airport (KOA) in Kona to the west, or Hilo International Airport (ITO) in Hilo to the east. Most visitors arrive in Kona. There is also the option of flying into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu first and then taking a short, 35-40 minute flight to Hawaii Island.

Main resort towns  

Hilo

The Hilo region is blessed with dramatic waterfalls, fertile rainforests and blooming gardens; the geographic flipside of the volcanic Kohala Coast. Home to Hilo International Airport, Hilo is also the gateway to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Kohala Coast

As you drive 20-minutes north of Kona International Airport, you’ll marvel at the rugged lava fields surrounding you. You may not see it from Queen Kaahumanu Highway, but the Kohala Coast, also simply known as “South Kohala,” is where you’ll find some of the island’s finest resorts.

Nestled amongst the jet-black and rust-red lava rock fields, a result of eruptions from Hualalai volcano centuries ago, are green oases full of world-class accommodations, fine dining and some of Hawaii's best golf courses. Less than nine inches of rainfall annually falls on the eight outstanding resorts here, so soak in the sun and relax at Hapuna Beach State Park, one of Hawaii Island's largest white sand beaches, indulge in a taste of Hawaii Regional Cuisine or recharge at some of the island's best spas. You'll discover cultural treasures on the Kohala Coast too, from Anaehoomalu Petroglyphs field in the Waikoloa Resort to those of the Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve as well as the remarkable Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, the largest restored heiau in Hawaii. Spencer Beach Park, just below Puukohola Heiau, is another family-friendly beach popular with locals.

Kona

The sunny Kona District stretches for about 60 miles from Kona International Airport to beyond Kealakekua Bay on Hawaii Island's lava-lined western coast. Along this expansive area, you'll find everything from coffee farms to historic Hawaiian landmarks.
On the versatile Kona coast, you'll find the adventures are as big as the island itself.

Alio's Featured BIG ISLAND Hotels  

  • The Fairmont Orchid (Kohala)
  • Outrigger Fairway Villas
  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
  • Royal Kona Resort
  • Hapuna Beach Prince
  • Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
  • Hilton Waikoloa Village
  • Waikoloa Beach Marriott



 
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