- The Big Island
of Hawaii is bigger than all of the other
- Islands combined.
Much bigger! The incredible variety
- of environments,
from lush tropical rain forests to dry
deserts, with things you never imagined
- in between! There
are two 14,000 ft. mountains! There's none of the crush of Honolulu,
and here you will find the last place in Hawaii where the Aloha
Spirit is always alive and well. Hilo is a city of 40,000, most
of whom call this Island their home. Hilo is home to the University
(Hilo and Kailua-Kona), and a surprising array of high-tech and
astonomy ventures, including the amazing Imiloa Astronomy Center.
The Kona side of the Island is the "tourist side,"
and features all those picture-postcard perfect white sand beaches!