If you’ve read our article, “11 things you didn’t know about the Big Island of Hawaii,” then you already know that the island is larger than the other Hawaiian Islands combined. It’s the largest island in the United States, has the tallest mountains in the world and is even larger than the combined size of Delaware and Rhode Island.
So why is the Big Island so excessively large? Unlike the other Hawaiian Islands, the Big Island has five volcanoes, as opposed to only one or two. To ancient Hawaiians, each volcano had its own separate place in Hawaiian mythology and lore and, in modern Hawaii, each offers its own set of opportunities for adventure. Here is a guide to the Big Island’s five volcanoes.