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Unexpected Hawaii Island

Yes, it does snow in Hawaii. During winter months you may see the snow-capped peaks of the 4,205-metre Maunakea, the tallest sea mountain in the world. Stargazing or taking a tour up Maunakea is just one example of the many unexpected attractions and activities you’ll find on Hawaii Island.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers the most unexpected sights of all. From hundreds of kilometres of trails through steaming lava fields, arid deserts and tropical rainfalls to walking through lava tubes and even seeing lava enter the sea, the natural wonders of Hawaii Island will leave you speechless. Other amazing land adventures include discovering waterfalls along the Hamakua Heritage Corridor, seeing the stunning views from the Pololu Valley Lookout and the Waipio Valley Lookout, and exploring the beautiful oasis of Hawi Town and the charming art and coffee village of Holualoa.

And Hawaii Island’s coastlines offer even more surprises. Black, white and even green sand beaches encircle the island’s 428 kilometres of coastline, from Punaluu Black Sand Beach to Hapuna Beach. Scuba and snorkel in the clear waters of Kona and see honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles), humpback whales in the winter, and massive manta rays who harmlessly swim within centimetres of you, taking your breath away. With so much ground to cover on Hawaii Island, you’ll never know what you’ll find just around the corner.

Art Galleries and Museums of Hawaii Island

Whether it’s through paintings, sculptures, glassware, jewelry or hand-carved koa wood bowls, you’ll see the distinct styles that make the art found on Hawaii Island truly unique.

Beaches of Hawaii Island

Hawaii Island features some of the most picturesque and varied beach landscapes in the islands.

Boating and Cruises on Hawaii Island

Hawaii Island offers a variety of ways to set sail and explore the seas.

Festivals of Hawaii Island

One visit to a Hawaii Island festival will inspire you to return again and again.

Fishing on Hawaii Island

Hawaii Island is world famous for its sport fishing, its waters full of marlin and other big-game fish.

Hiking on Hawaii Island

Whether you're looking for a challenging trail on fields of lava to short, Hawaii Island is heaven for hikers.

Historic Places of Hawaii Island

From the birthplace of King Kamehameha to the birthplace of paniolo, Hawaii Island is home to some of the most historic places in Hawaii.

Horseback Riding on Hawaii Island

Explore the wealth of scenic, open landscapes in Waimea and other spots throughout Hawaii Island on horseback.

Hula on Hawaii Island

See authentic hula throughout Hawaii Island at seasonal festivals, competitions, luau and live performances at hotels and resorts.

Kayaking on Hawaii Island

The protected waters of the Kona, Kohala and Hilo coasts make Hawaii Island a perfect place to take a guided kayak or outrigger canoe tour.

Live Music on Hawaii Island

You'll find live music venues throughout Hawaii Island in restaurants, lounges and in the island's fine hotels and resorts.

Manta Ray Diving on Hawaii Island

The Kona Coast of Hawaii Island offers the best opportunity to encounter Hawaii’s amazing manta rays.

Marine Life on Hawaii Island

Explore the waters of Hawaii Island and you may see everything from manta rays and humpback whales to green sea turtles and dolphins.

Natural Wonders of Hawaii Island

From Kilauea Volcano to the peaks of Maunakea, Hawaii Island is home to a variety of incomparable natural wonders.

Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboys) of Hawaii Island

Hawaii Island has a rich paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy, culture dating back to the early 1800's.

Parks of Hawaii Island

Hawaii Island features four National Parks, including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, as well as beautiful state and county parks.

Sig Zane’s Favourite Places in Hilo

Celebrated fashion designer Sig Zane shares his favourite spots in Downtown Hilo.

Snorkelling and Scuba on Hawaii Island

From North Kohala to South Kona, Hawaii Island is famous for its calm and clear waters perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving.

Stargazing on Hawaii Island

Maunakea on Hawaii Island is home to one of the most renowned astronomical sites on the planet.

Surfing on Hawaii Island

Whether watching surfers or taking your first surf lesson, Hawaii Island offers fantastic surf adventures from Hilo to Keauhou.

Volcano Eruption Update on Hawaii Island

Recent updates on volcano activity in and around Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island.

Waterfalls on Hawaii Island

Some of Hawaii Island's most breathtaking and accessible waterfalls can be discovered along the Hilo and Hamakua Coast.

Whale Watching on Hawaii Island

From December to May, go on a whale watching tour or spot humpback whales from Hawaii Island's coastal areas.