Hawaii (The Big Island)

All images were taken by me unless otherwise specified.

Mai Tai and Lava Flow at sunset
Mai Tai and Lava Flow
Interisland aircraft flying between two rainbows
Interisland aircraft flying between two rainbows
Kua Bay
Kua Bay

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.

White Sand Beach
White Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach
Black Sand Beach

Green Sand Beach
Green Sand Beach

Black and White Rocky Beach
Brown Sand Beach
Brown Sand Beach

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.

Aerial Shot With Hualalai In The Foreground; Mauna Loa in the background
Aerial Shot With Hualalai Volcano In The Foreground; Mauna Loa In The Background
Kona Shoreline
Kona Shoreline
Old Airport Park
Old Airport Park
Secluded Beach By Rugged Terrain
Secluded Beach Surrounded By Rugged Terrain
Rocky Coastline
Rocky Coastline
Rocky Shoreline in the Hawaiian Desert
Rocky Shoreline in the Hawaiian Desert.

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

Snow on Mauna Kea.  Photo Courtesy of Cisco Naboa
Snow on Mauna Kea. Photo Courtesy of Cisco Naboa
Kilauea Summit With A Lava Lake Visible On The Left
Kilauea Summit With A Lava Lake Visible On The Left
Erupting Volcano
Erupting Volcano
Driving Through a Lava FIeld
Driving Through a Lava FIeld

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.

Hualalai from Kona International Airport
Hualalai from Kona International Airport
Looking North Toward Kohala Volcano
Looking North Toward Kohala Volcano
Mauna Kea from Saddle Rd
Mauna Kea from Saddle Rd
The Town of MIlolii On The Slope of Mauna Loa
The Town of MIlolii On The Slope of Mauna Loa
Kilauea at Volcanos National Park Looking South
Kilauea at Volcanos National Park Looking South

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.

Botanical Gardens at Onomea Bay
Botanical Gardens at Onomea Bay

Puna District Near Old Town Kalapana
Puna District Near Old Town Kalapana

Maui Visible Across The Water from Kohala District
Maui Visible Across The Water from Kohala District

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.

Kona
Kona
Kona International Airport
Kona International Airport
Main Highway Through Kona
Main Highway Through Kona
Leaving Kona Airport
Leaving Kona Airport

Hualalai visible from downto
Hualalai visible from downtown
Road To Waimea
Road To Waimea
Waimea Almost Looks Like A Small Town in Arkansas
Waimea Almost Looks Like A Small Town in Arkansas

Downtown Hilo
Downtown Hilo
Hilo From The Air
Hilo From The Air
The Big Island's Only Skyscraper
The Big Island’s Only Skyscraper
From Hilo Bay Cafe
From Hilo Bay Cafe

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.

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