Best Drives on the Big Island of Hawaii

The Big Island of Hawaii has its name for a reason.

No, it isn’t Hawaii’s most populous island—that honor belongs to Oahu. Rather, the Big Island of Hawaii has earned its name for being absolutely enormous.

Just how big is the “Big Island,” you ask? Not only is the Big Island Hawaii’s largest island, but it’s also larger than any other island found anywhere in the United States. With a land area of 4,028 square miles, the Big Island of Hawaii covers a greater area than Rhode Island and Delaware, combined.

With all of that land spread over five separate volcanoes, there are two words that sum up one of the Big Island’s most iconic and enjoyable activities:

“Road,” and “Trip”

We’ll admit—a Big Island road trip might not be the same since you can cross the island in a day, but there is still the excitement of stepping in a car and seeing where the day will take you. And since many of the best things to do on the Big Island are spread out over relatively large distances, simply going from “A” to “B” can turn into a scenic adventure.

With that said, the following are some of the best drives on the Big Island of Hawaii—only listing those that can be accomplished without needing 4WD.

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October 24, 2014 by
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12 Hawaiian Words Every Visitor Should Know

There was once a time when it was heavily frowned upon to speak Hawaiian in public. Suppressed by missionaries and western businessmen who were working to supplant the culture, the Hawaiian language was only spoken in the privacy of family and friends. In fact, in the 1970s, it was estimated that fewer than 50 children could fluently speak Hawaiian. In […]

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October 17, 2014 by
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Best Sights Along Maui’s “Back Road” to Hana

There is a misconception that the Road to Hana ends in the town of Hana. Sure, the name itself is somewhat misleading, but as we mention in our tips for driving the Road to Hana, many of the best places on the famous drive are located past Hana itself. There is also confusion around the so-called “back road,” a narrow, bumpy, but incomparably scenic drive around the backside of the island.

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October 10, 2014 by
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Tips for Staying Safe in Hawaii

Nobody wants to get hurt on vacation, especially if that vacation is Hawaii. These islands are meant for tropical memories, so any time spent nursing an injury can be a frustrating blemish on paradise. And while the Hawaiian Islands are low on crime, the natural surroundings that lend beauty to the islands are also what make them so dangerous. With that thought in mind, staying safe in Hawaii shouldn’t be a problem for anyone who follows these tips.

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October 3, 2014 by
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Neighbor Island Day Trips From Oahu

When compared to the five hour (minimum) plane flight that’s required to reach Hawaii, the Hawaiian Islands seem close to each other when compared to the US West Coast. Even with their perceived proximity, however, the Hawaiian Islands are actually farther apart than most people tend to believe. The only ferries that run between islands go between Maui, Moloka‘i, and Lana‘i, and a short, 30-45 minute flight is required to move between islands. Nevertheless, for travelers who want to experience multiple islands from a central, tropical base, island hopping in Hawaii can be an efficient way to see the best that Hawaii has to offer. Sure, it makes for a really long day and you can only see so much, but many of the neighbor island day trips from Oahu are worth the early alarm.

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September 26, 2014 by
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Where to See Lava on the Big Island of Hawaii

As it currently stands, the Big Island of Hawaii is the only place in America where there is the chance of hiking towards lava. Ever since January, 1983—when Kilauea volcano began spouting lava and gobbling everything in its path—over 500 acres of new land has been added to America’s largest island. For anyone wondering where to see lava on the Big Island of Hawaii, the answer, unfortunately, isn’t always clear, since the strength of the eruption and the exact location can literally change by the day. For those who get the chance to see it, however, viewing lava as it rolls across the Earth is a life experience and geologic story that very few humans can tell.

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September 19, 2014 by
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What to See at Haleakala Crater

Simply put, there is much more to Haleakala Crater than driving to watch the sunrise.

In Hawaiian legend, Haleakala Crater was where the demigod Maui famously snared the sun, and to island locals, it’s the only place on the island of Maui where there is the chance of ever seeing snow. For visitors looking to experience the crater for longer than a 30-minute sunrise, it’s a windswept amphitheater of cinder cones and adventure that looks like the surface of the moon. When visiting, choosing what to see at Haleakala Crater all depends on time, as there are activities that range from a couple of minutes to multi-day backcountry hikes.

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September 12, 2014 by
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Best Activities in Hanalei

Everyone knows that Hawaii is beautiful, but there is a tropical charm to Hanalei that places it well above the rest. It’s a town where long, white, expansive sands are backed by jagged green mountains, and the gentle river on the outskirts of town is like a time portal to the Hawaii of old. It’s […]

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September 5, 2014 by
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Family Friendly Things To Do On Oahu

Sure, Oahu is a place for romance and adventure and some of the world’s best big wave surfing, but it’s also a place for families to enjoy a tropical Hawaiian vacation. Spend a day at a white sand beach building spiraling castles of sand, or splash in the surf as turquoise waters envelop the entire clan. Hike deep into a rainforest where tumbling waterfalls make the perfect Christmas card backdrop, or enjoy the heat of a luau together on a journey across Polynesia. For travelers planning to visit the island with children or parents in tow, here are a couple of different ideas for family friendly things to do on Oahu.

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August 31, 2014 by
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Museums on the Big Island of Hawaii

When it comes to knowledge of the Big Island of Hawaii, many visitors know there is an active volcano and the mountain can sometimes get snow. They also know of the white sand beaches and thundering tropical waterfalls, but further knowledge of this massive island often dissipates from there. To learn more about the Big Island of Hawaii, a great start is to visit a couple of the island’s fascinating museums. From the history of train travel, to fast moving tsunamis, to stars in the inky black sky, the numerous museums on the Big Island of Hawaii offer education on vacation.

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August 29, 2014 by
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