About the Big Island of Hawaii

The Island of Hawaii is a wonderful place to call home. Residents and visitors alike cherish the island’s rugged beauty, small town charm and slower-paced way of life. Read on to learn about the Big Island and what makes it so special.

The Big Island is by far the largest of the island archipelago. In fact, every other inhabited Hawaiian island can fit inside it twice with room to spare. Because the entire island chain and state is named after this island, most people refer to it simply as the “Big Island.” Despite its size, the Big Island is sparsely populated, with fewer than 200,000 full-time residents.

Hawaii Island is a very special place! Did you know…

  • There is no observed Daylight Savings Time in Hawaii
  • The Big Island is home to the world’s largest telescope
  • Measured from its base at the sea floor, the island’s Mauna Kea is the world’s tallest mountain
  • Most of the world’s macadamia nuts are grown on the Big Island
  • The Big Island is the youngest of the Hawaiian Islands, and the only one with an active volcano
  • Erupting continuously since 1983, Kilauea is considered the world’s most active volcano

The Big Island is divided into several regions that were laid out centuries ago by the ancient Hawaiians. Kohala, North Kona and South Kona are the westernmost regions, and they are the most popular with tourists and homeowners seeking sunny weather, plentiful beaches and calm waters. The main town here is Kailua-Kona, home to about 12,000 permanent residents, and once the capitol of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

The Big Island’s eastern regions are home to its rainforests and beautiful waterfalls, and also the county seat of Hilo, the island’s largest town.

The Big Island may not have any large cities, but there is plenty to do here, especially for those who love the outdoors. From surfing to stargazing, it’s easy to pick up a new hobby and appreciate every day when you live on the Big Island!