Hawaii a tropical vacation dream come true
Being the largest among the islands, Hawaii Island is often called the Big Island. It also gives the State of Hawaii its name.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
This national park is one of the main attractions of the island and the reason for many tourists to stop by. Kilauea, one of the volcanoes that make up the island, is currently considered to be the most active volcano in the world. It has been constantly spewing lava since 1983. The most visited areas of the park are the Crater Rim Drive and the Chain of Craters Road.
Several times parts of the Chain of Craters Road have been covered by lava and today the road dead ends at the lava bed. There you can find a mobile park rangers station and if the conditions are safe and you are so inclined, you can hike on the lava to get closer to the current lava flow. But be sure to talk to the rangers and take their warnings seriously.
Hilo is a city located on the weather side of the island, which means that it does rain a lot. The city has also witnessed two tsunamis; yet it is well worth a visit, especially for its beach parks and the waterfalls located in the area.
Pu’uhonua O Honaunau NHP
Today preserved as a US National Historical Park, Pu’uhonua O Honaunau is the perfect place to learn a little bit more about Hawaii’s history. Pu’uhonua means a ‘place of refuge’, and this historical park used to be the greatest in Hawaii. Lawbreakers could escape punishment if they were able to make it to such a place of refuge, which wasn’t as easy as it might seem.
If they tried to get there through the water, they first had to make it over the sharp lava stone; and if they managed to do that, they still had to somehow pass the chief’s warriors. The system was eventually abandoned in the early 19th century, but it can still be imagined at this national historical park.