All images were taken by me unless otherwise specified.
I have been living in Hawaii for quite some time now, and I never get tired of the immense beauty this island has to offer. The best part of it is that much of the Big Island’s natural beauty is actually nothing like what many people think Hawaii would look like.
Most people have the idea that Hawaii is long, white sandy beaches, palm trees all over the place, sunny/warm weather, etc. I won’t go so far as to say those things are not representative of the Big Island, but it’s so much more than just that.
The beaches on the Big Island are different than many people are used to. They tend to be smaller and rockier than those beaches found elsewhere in the world. But that doesn’t, in any way, take away from the fact they are beautiful in their own right.
Much of the coastline is very rugged and can be dangerous if you’re not careful. Depending on where you go, the Big Island can almost look like you’re on another planet. But in all, as long as you’re careful, there is nothing to worry about.
In addition to some unique and unusual beaches, the Big Island has some amazing geological features not found on any of the other Hawaiian Islands
Because the island is still growing, there hasn’t been enough time for the land to mature with as much vegetation as the other islands. Looking inland away from the shoreline and towards any of the mountains provides a view that is very different than what most people would assume Hawaii would look like. The view is different than Oahu, Maui, or Kauai but no less beautiful.
Not all parts of the Big Island are dry and brown. The Big Island is easily the most dramatic of all the Hawaiian Islands because the weather and scenery can change completely simply by driving a half hour. If you drive along the Hamakua Coast over to the Hilo side, you get some lush and beautiful landscape.
Contrary to popular belief, the Island of Oahu and the city of Honolulu are not the only urbanized places in Hawaii. All the islands have a bit of urbanization and the Big Island is no different. As time goes by, the island is going to continue to be developed, so I think it’s important to appreciate it’s natural beauty while we still have it.
I’m not sure if Hawaii will be my final stop in life, but I am happy to be able to say, at least for now, that this place is my home.