Rainbow Falls

This island has many beautiful water falls so I had a hard time selecting only one. I could not resist this exquisite picture.

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Statue of King Kamehameha I, also called Kamehameha the Great.  This beautiful statue is located at Kona Bay.  Just look at all those palm trees.

ISLAND OF HAWAII

KNOWN AS THE BIG ISLAND AND THE ORCHID ISLE


This island is the largest in land size (4,034 square miles) due to the still active volcanoes, called Kilauea and Mauna Loa.  This island owes its very existence to volcanoes.  Our first King was born in this island in 1758.  The king united all the islands under one rule in the early 1800s.  Kailua-Kona is on the leeward side of the island and offers abundant fishing and sailing, as well as interesting places to see, such as the restored ruins of a heiau, which is an open-air temple constructed of lava stones.


One side of the island is called Kona.  I suggest you visit the many coffee farms.  My aunt and uncle previously owned a farm that was located high on a mountain. The Kona coastline  is famous for its game fishing where marlin, tuna, mahimahi and sword fish can be found.  Green sea turtles are often seen.  Visit the Place of Refuge which served as a sanctuary for Hawaiians who broke the religious laws of the islands. If a man reached this Place of Refuge before getting caught he could forever escape punishment for his crimes.


On the opposite side of the island is the sleepy town of Hilo that is not as modern as other areas.  This is where the Hawaii Volcano National Park is located.  I include only one legend in my lecture and that is the Legend of Pele, the "Goddess of the Volcano".  The largest amount of orchids grow here so if you love flowers like I do be sure to visit an orchid farm.  You should allow at least five days to enjoy the Big Island.