Charmingly rustic and rural island with a peaceful atmosphere and private nature
Hawaii Island is called “The Big Island” for a reason; it is the youngest yet largest island in the United States' Hawaiian archipelago. Despite its size, Hawaii Island is a beautiful rural and peaceful place. From black sandy beaches to lush rainforests, there is a dynamic array of terrains and dramatic views spanning the region. On The Big Island, you’ll always be awe-inspired by the sheer opulence and beauty it has to offer, from the snow-capped heights of the Kilauea, Maunakea, and Maunaloa volcanoes, to the low, rolling, and green valleys of Hilo.
Living on Hawaii Island means a hushed, private lifestyle with the melodic sounds of the surrounding areas lulling residents into zen at all times of the day. Once a busy farming and fishing hub turned sugarcane industry center, it still maintains its humble roots. Quiet roads winding through the countryside are sparsely dotted by delightful homes that offer large acreage. There are many nationally protected areas nestled across the island, so there’s no doubt you’ll come across residents who are fellow adventurers and beauty-seekers.
The townscape is just as vibrant as the natural gems Hawaii Island boasts. Downtown next to the bay, you’ll find charming museums, art galleries, and mom-and-pop shops, as well as locally-sourced menus at colorful restaurants and cafes. Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill is a bright, casual eatery that serves as the bustling local go-to for seafood specials, pupu platters, and fine wine. For the perfect lunch, dinner, or happy hour getaway, sink into the comfy outdoor seating at the legendary Lava Lava Beach Club. Make reservations at ‘ULU Ocean Grill & Sushi Lounge inside the Four Seasons Hotel for an upscale dining experience overlooking the oceanfront with inventive Hawaiian cuisine. At The Fish Hopper Seafood & Steaks, you’ll find some of the best surf 'n' turf and clam chowder in town, all while kicking back waterside.
Naturally, with a jaw-dropping eight out of thirteen world climate zones, the island lends itself to invigorating and exciting activities. Hapuna Beach and Kahalu'u Beach Park are popular snorkeling sites. Waipio Valley is another place that amazes with its stunning waterfall and unique beach. You can hike, ride horses, or take a stroll throughout the wondrous terrains. Annually, residents enjoy the events and spectatorship surrounding IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, as well as the exhilarating yet laidback Kona Brewers Festival.