The Island of Hawaii is also known as The Big Island
Nicknamed "The Orchid Isle," it is a volcanic isle in the Pacific Ocean and one of the seven main islands that form the US State of Hawaii. As the name itself suggests, it is a big island and also the largest in the United States. Hilo is the county seat for Hawaii county.
Mauna Loa and Kilauea are two active volcanoes in Hawaii. The Orchid Isle is also an astronomer's delight with numerous telescopes situated on Mt. Mauna Kea, owing to excellent clarity of atmosphere on its summit. Lava emission from these is still contributing to the size of Big Island. They also form a major tourist attraction as millions throng to see this awe inspiring and humbling saga of nature's power. Kilauea has been erupting almost continuously for the last two decades and has buried many homes that were in the lava's path. Black lava from these eruptions ends up as Black sand beaches which are common on the Big Island. Saddle Road goes between the Hilo side and Kona side. It is also the road that takes you to the Mauna Kea Visitor's Center.
In earlier times, sugar cane cultivation was the backbone of economy of Hawaii county but that died down gradually and today Tourism is the pillar on which the Big Island is gloriously thriving. The main towns on the Orchid Isle of Hawaii are Hilo and Kailua-Kona. Kona is sometimes thought of as a town, but it is actually an area on the west coast of the Big Island. The airport code for the Hilo International Airport is ITO. The airport code for the Kailua-Kona International Airport at Keahole is KOA.
The various scenic spots on the Big Island offer adventures that can simply thrill you. For the more mellow tourist there are nature tours, museums, art galleries and ethnic festivals. Water adventures like whale watching cruises, snorkeling, deep-sea diving and air tours are for the more adventure minded. There are many vacation rentals in Hilo and Kona and other areas of the big island.
There are two main airports on the Big Island:
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