HAWAII…The Big Island, so big it’s actually still affordable to buy land and build a home and it’s still growing. So big that you can fit all the other islands into it anD still have room! THAT’S HOW BIG WE TALKIN FOLKS! This may be the YOUNGEST of the Hawaiian Islands, but this is OLD HAWAII, this is the BEST that country living has to offer, but be warned…because this island is SO BIG you may find yourself driving more than enjoying it, so PLAN OUT your Big Island trip or move well in advance!
Hawaiʻi is said to have been named for HAWAI’ILOA, the legendary Polynesian navigator who first discovered it. Other accounts attribute the name to the legendary realm of Hawaiki, a place from which the Polynesian people are said to have originated, the place where they go in the afterlife, the realm of the gods and goddesses. Captain James Cook, the English explorer and navigator who was the captain of the first European expedition to Hawaii, called them the “Sandwich Islands” after his patron, the Earl of Sandwich. Cook visited Hawaii several times, but the last time he mad a serious mistake by putting a musket to a chiefs head…because of this disrespect he was killed on the Big Island at KEALAKEKUA BAY…Also known as COOK’S BAY today back on February 14, 1779, after a mêlée over stolen goods.
Hawaiʻi was the home island of Paiʻea Kamehameha, later known as KAMEHAMEHA THE GREAT. Kamehameha united the Hawaiian islands under his rule in 1795, after several years of war, and gave the the entire Island chain and his Kingdom the name of his native island he was Born on, Hawai’i.
The Island of Hawaiʻi is built from five separate SHIELD VOLCANOES that erupted somewhat sequentially, one overlapping the other. These are (from oldest to youngest):
Sugarcane was once the MAJOR Backbone of Hawai’i Islands economy a Century ago, but the Sugar Plantations started to downsize and in the late 90’s the last plantation closed. Today, as most would guess, Hawaiʻi Island’s economy is based on TOURISM, centered primarily in resort areas on the western coast of the island in the North Kona, South Kohala and on the Northeast coast of the island in Hilo. More recently, Hawaiʻi Island has become a focus for sustainable Tourism and off grid living for those who live and have moved to Hawai’i Island. Diversified agriculture is a growing sector of the economy. Major crops include MACADAMIA NUTS, COFFEE BEANS, PAPAYA, FLOWERS and BOTANICALS, Tropical and Temperate Vegetables as well as Grapes in the higher elevations for Wine production. Only coffee grown in KONA may be branded as KONA COFFEE. The island’s Orchidagriculture is the largest in the state, and has resulted in the unofficial nickname “The Orchid Isle.” The island is home to one of the United States’ largest Cattle Ranches, PARKER RANCH, which sits on 175,000 acres in Waimea. Hawaiʻi is also known for ASTRONOMY, and numerous Telescopesare operated on the summit of MAUNA KEA, where atmospheric clarity is excellent and there is little to no Light Pollution.
During your amazing Journey to Hawai’i Island or your move you will focus on two central Town Areas…One is on the West Side, KAILUA-KONA and one on the East Side, HILO…North or South of either Town is Beautiful…However…KONA is Drier and HILO is Wetter…So you will have Warmer and sunnier weather on the West Side…and Tropical weather with Rain on the East Side. There are plenty of things to do on Both Sides of the Island…
SOME GREAT PLACES TO VISIT:
AKAKA FALLS – VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – WAIPIO VALLEY –THURSTON LAVA TUBE – KILAUEA IKI TRAIL – COOK’S BAY – RAINBOW FALLS – HAPUNA BEACH – PU’UKOHOLA HEIAU – PUNALU’U BEACH –KAILUA VILLAGE – KAPOHO TIDE POOLS – ONOMEA FALLS BOTANICAL GARDEN – KIHOLO BAY – WAIMANU VALLEY – WAIALEA BEACH – A-BAY- LAVA VENT SPRING POOLS – UMAUMA FALLS – PAPAKOLEA (Green Sand Beach) – PU’UHONUA O HO’NAUNAU PARK – HO’NAUNAU BAY – MAUNA KEA OBSERVATORY
*During the Podcast we also discuss places TO STAY and places TO EAT!
You won’t be able to cover everything during a single trip to Hawai’i Island…it may take you MANY…it may take you YEARS of visiting to see all the things you want to see and if you move to The Big Island…trust us…you won’t get bored…it’s too big to get bored…YES…it’s CHILL…Super CHILL…layed back indeed…but one of the EXCUSES everyone says about Hawaii is…“ROAD TRIPS”…You can’t take Road Trips in Hawaii…WELL…THEY ARE ALL WRONG and it’s one more reason why we are not only Lucky to Live Hawaii, but lucky we have the BIG ISLAND…HAWAI’I ISLAND to go on all the F#$%ING ROAD TRIPS we could ever ask for!!!