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A little about Hawaii, the big island

The "Big Island" has spectacular contrasts...the mighty volcanoes Maunaloa (13,679 feet) and Kilauea, lofty snow clad Maunakea (13,796 feet), the Kau Desert, gorgeous waterfalls, the Puna Fern Forest, the colorful orchids of Hilo. The island grows sugar, coffee, cattle and macadamia nuts. Landmarks: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kealakekua Bay, Kailua-Kona, Kawaihae, Parker Ranch, Waipio Valley.

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The history of Hawaii, the big island

Hawaiʻi is said to have been named for Hawaiʻiloa, 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 (see also Manua), the place where they go in the afterlife, the realm of the gods and goddesses. The name is cognate with Savaii, the name of the largest island of Samoa.[citation needed] Captain James Cook, the English explorer and navigator who was the captain of the first European expedition that discovered the Hawaiian Islands, called them the "Sandwich Islands" after his patron, the Earl of Sandwich. Cook was killed on the Big Island at Kealakekua Bay on February 14, 1779, in a mêlée which followed the theft of a ship's boat. Hawaiʻi was the home island of Paiʻea Kamehameha, later known as Kamehameha the Great. Kamehameha united most of the Hawaiian islands under his rule in 1795.

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Here is a collection of downtown Hawaii, the big island, Hawaii businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.


Hawaii Forest & Trail

Museums / Attractions

Your Guide to BIG Adventure


Kohala Sail & Sea

Museums / Attractions

A sailboat charter company


Kona Kozy's Comedy & Magic Show

Museums / Attractions

Have some real fun


Makalei Golf Club

Museums / Attractions

An experience long remembered!


Mauna Kea Golf Course

Museums / Attractions

Currently ranked #31 on Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses


Bamboo Restaurant & Gallery


If you're looking for the


Brown's Beach House


AAA Four Diamond award-winning


Figs Mix Plate


Ono Homestyle cooking!


Lagoon Grill


Indulge in delicious burgers, snacks and smoothies


Merriman's Restaurant


A Big Island treasure for over 25 years


Norio's Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar


Located at the Fairmont


Ruth's Chris Steak House


USDA Prime Beef, Chicken, Seafood, Salads and delectable desserts.


Humdinger Sportfishing


Fishing charters in Kona Hawaii


Kona Boys


An island style surf, SUP, and kayak shop


Big Island Bees


We produce pure and organic Hawaiian honey


Big Island Candies


Fine quality macadamia nut candies and cookies


Original Donkey Ball Factory and Store


Made using only Guittard Chocolate!


Punalu'u Bake Shop


Between Kailua-Kona and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


Waimea General Store


Specialty and Hawaiian Gift Shop


Kona Brewing Company

Winery / Brewery

Hawaii-born and Hawaii-based craft brewery