Youngest and largest by far of the Hawaiian Islands, the "Big Island," is still growing, with active Kilauea Volcano belting out molten lava into the sea. The lava rock landscapes of the countryside are eerily beautiful, as are the resulting black-sand beaches and green-sand beaches. Hawaii's terrain ranges from tropical beaches to the alpine crags and basalt heights of an active volcano.
The Kona Coast, on the western side of the island, is a land of infinite variety, ranging from pristine beaches to rolling uplands that are home to coffee plantations, macadamia groves and the largest privately owned cattle ranch in the United States. To the southeast lies Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, and Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. And offshore lies a fisherman's paradise.
"The Billfish Capital of the World" also plays host to the Ironman Triathlon World Championship.
Captain Cook Monument
Erected 1874, the monument is thought to mark the site of Cook's death and honors his achievements as an explorer.
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau
Hawaii's sacred "Place of Refuge" is a beautiful setting that preserves an archeological site of temple platforms, village huts and the King's fish ponds.
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