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Hamakua and North Hilo Scenes

The Hamakua Coast region is north of Hilo. It is mostly small towns and former sugarcane fields, now converted to eucalyptus forests. It includes amazing Waipi'o valley, serene Kalopa State Park, and wild Laupahoehoe Point.

The Hamakua Coast region is north of Hilo. It is mostly small towns and former sugarcane fields, now converted to eucalyptus forests. It includes amazing Waipi'o valley, serene Kalopa State Park, and wild Laupahoehoe Point.

Hamakua North Hilo

Scenes Around Hilo

The easternmost District of the Big Island, named for the  island Capital it surrounds. Hilo is the largest city on the island, and this area is home to many of the island's best rainforest sights.

The easternmost District of the Big Island, named for the island Capital it surrounds. Hilo is the largest city on the island, and this area is home to many of the island's best rainforest sights.

Hilo

Views from the Big Volcanoes

The center of the Island is dominated by the two giant volcanoes and the Saddle Road that passes between them. Elevations in this area range from ~5000 feet to almost 14000 feet

The center of the Island is dominated by the two giant volcanoes and the Saddle Road that passes between them. Elevations in this area range from ~5000 feet to almost 14000 feet

Big Volcanoes

Kau, Puna, and South Kona Photos

The active Kilauea volcano is the centerpiece of the Volcano National Park in the middle of this region. Coastal cliffs, recent devastating lava flows, some black sand beaches, and the famous green sand beach are here.

The active Kilauea volcano is the centerpiece of the Volcano National Park in the middle of this region. Coastal cliffs, recent devastating lava flows, some black sand beaches, and the famous green sand beach are here.

Kau Puna South Kona

Photos from Kona & South Kohala

This region covers most of the Island's west side.  It is surrounded by three volcanoes. There are pastures to the north, dry lava plains and resorts in the west, with rainforests and coffee plantations on Hualalai's slopes in the south.

This region covers most of the Island's west side. It is surrounded by three volcanoes. There are pastures to the north, dry lava plains and resorts in the west, with rainforests and coffee plantations on Hualalai's slopes in the south.

Kona South Kohala

Views from North Kohala

The most northern region in Hawaii and the smallest, it is surprisingly diverse. The extinct Kohala volcano is at its center, and it includes the eden-like Pololu valley, the wild north shore, and cattle ranches flanking Kohala's west side.

The most northern region in Hawaii and the smallest, it is surprisingly diverse. The extinct Kohala volcano is at its center, and it includes the eden-like Pololu valley, the wild north shore, and cattle ranches flanking Kohala's west side.

North Kohala

Big Island Wild Places

The Big Island is nature's unfinished masterpiece, still evolving. Few places like it exist on earth. Wild geology, wild weather, extreme altitudes, diverse plant life, and relatively few humans make for some wild spots that remain untamed.

The Big Island is nature's unfinished masterpiece, still evolving. Few places like it exist on earth. Wild geology, wild weather, extreme altitudes, diverse plant life, and relatively few humans make for some wild spots that remain untamed.

Wild Places

Iconic Hawaii Scenes

There are a number of sights that are so well-known that they have acquired icon status. If you see nothing else on a Big Island visit, try and see some of these place and things.

There are a number of sights that are so well-known that they have acquired icon status. If you see nothing else on a Big Island visit, try and see some of these place and things.

Iconic Scenes

Sun, Moon & Stars

Sunsets, moonsets, starry nights, and especially, bright sun on beautiful Big Island scenes.

Sunsets, moonsets, starry nights, and especially, bright sun on beautiful Big Island scenes.

Sun Moon Stars

Serene Big Island Spots

After you've seen all the iconic scenes, what will keep you coming back are the serene places that can be found all over the island: streams, forests, pastures, calm morning seas, idyllic valleys, and ancient fishponds.

After you've seen all the iconic scenes, what will keep you coming back are the serene places that can be found all over the island: streams, forests, pastures, calm morning seas, idyllic valleys, and ancient fishponds.

Serene Places

Great Waterfalls and Big Surf

The Big Island is well-known for both its famous waterfalls, and its famous lava-covered beaches with incredibly violent crashing surf.

The Big Island is well-known for both its famous waterfalls, and its famous lava-covered beaches with incredibly violent crashing surf.

WaterFalls Surf

Big Island Hidden Gems

Photos of hidden gems, small sights, things of simple beauty that make the Big Island special.

Photos of hidden gems, small sights, things of simple beauty that make the Big Island special.

Hidden Gems

Flowers, Trees, and Plants

For many, Hawaii is all about exotic flowers, plants, and trees. The Big Island does not disappoint! The variety is almost overwhelming with so many ginger, heliconia, plumeria, and others to observe.

For many, Hawaii is all about exotic flowers, plants, and trees. The Big Island does not disappoint! The variety is almost overwhelming with so many ginger, heliconia, plumeria, and others to observe.

Flowers Trees Plants

Great Big Island Vistas

The Big Island is just that, big! The long gentle volcano slopes, clear air, lava plains, coastal beaches and cliffs create some magnificent vistas that are hard to equal anywhere on earth.

The Big Island is just that, big! The long gentle volcano slopes, clear air, lava plains, coastal beaches and cliffs create some magnificent vistas that are hard to equal anywhere on earth.

Great Vistas

Galleries Organized By Location or Subject

Explore each of the 14 galleries with photos for a specific region or subject on the Big Island