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Hawaii Island Map

Hawaii Island, also known as the "Big Island" is the largest island Hawaiian Island and the least populated per square mile. Hawaii Island is the home of Kilauea, the world's most active volcano, the Kona coast, Kona Coffee, thousand pound bill fish, and eleven of the 14 known climate zones in the world - from desert lavascapes to tropical rain forests to beaches to snow on the peaks of 13,000 foot volcanoes.

Kona, which is on the dry side of Hawaii Island, is the most popular destination for tourists.

The highest point on the Big Island is Mauna Kea at 13,796 ft above sea level and home to a number of world famous astronomical observatories. Mauna Loa also stands tall - at 13,680 feet above sea level and over 31,000 feet when measured from its rise on the ocean floor - making it the tallest mountain in the world from base to summit. On its southest flank you will find the most active volcano in the world, Kilauea - home to the legendary Hawaiian goddess, Pele.

As you plan your vacation, having a look at a good Hawaii map will show you a lot more than the road directions that you need to get from point A to point B.  You’ll also discover a great deal about the state, how it was formed, and what will be available to you while you visit.

Upon your first glance of a Hawaii map, you’ll notice that there are six main islands in the chain that make up the fiftieth state.  These are: the Big Island, Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Lanai, and Molokai.  The oldest in the chain is Kauai, which is in the northwest, but the youngest is in the southeast, the Big Island. 

As the name implies, the Big Island is the largest one you’ll see on a Hawaii map.  It is 4,028 square miles, which means that all of the other islands could almost fit inside of it, twice!  You’ll also notice that its topography is quite different from the other islands.  You’ll find everything from sandy beaches and lush vegetation to the rugged moon-like lava landscape of the Kilauea Volcano that continues to erupt, and has been doing so continuously since 1983.

The western (leeward) side of the Big Island is generally dryer, while there is wetter weather on the eastern (windward) side.  To compare, the eastern town of Hilo receives over 130 inches of rain every year, but the Kohala Coast, which is on the west side, receives about five inches every year.   You’ll be able to see the evidence of this on a detailed Hawaii map because of the microclimates it shows.  You’ll see lush rainforests to the east, but gorgeous beaches where there is calm swimming and snorkeling to the west.

The east side of the Big Island is home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  It is known for its town of Hilo, which is famous for its shops and night life.  Upon further examination of the Hawaii map, though, you’ll see that the island is sprinkled with many different forest reserves and natural parks. 

If you want to be able to see some good quality maps of the state, the internet can be the best resource you have.  There are many different views and details that you can find, from roads to various features and attractions.  They can be accessed from your home computer, or even your mobile device such as your smartphone.

Driving Times:
Kona to Hilo - 2 hours 14 minutes
Kona to Volcano - 2 hours 30 minutes
Kona to Waimea - 50 minutes
Keahole Airport to Kona - 20 minutes
Keahole Airport to Kohala - 20 minutes
Kohala to Kona - 40 minutes
Hilo to Volcano - 45 minutes
Hilo to Waimea - 1 hour 15 minutes
Hilo to Kohala - 1 hour 45 minutes

 

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