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Island of Hawaii

Island of Hawaii Travel Information

When to Go

If you’re looking for the perfect time to visit the Island of Hawaii, you might want to consider the weather.  Due to its size and terrain, the Island of Hawaii contains a variety of climates. The leeward Kona side is usually dry and hot, while the windward, eastern coast around Hilo attracts much more rainfall. At sea level around Hilo, temperatures run around 79 F most of the year. In Waimea, the weather is often foggy and cool. And further up Mauna Kea, you’ll even find freezing temperatures.

The Kona coast receives around 12 inches of rain per year, while Hilo can get as much as 127 inches, plus plenty of rainbows. November through March tends to be the wettest months on the island, and this period is considered the Big Island’s rainy season.

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Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay

Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay

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Kona

This resort is situated on the water's edge on the tranquil Keauhou Bay, a gathering place for manta rays.

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Getting to the Island of Hawaii

Flights into the Island of Hawaii big island arrive into one of two major airports: Kona International Airport (KOA) on the west side of the island accommodates both domestic and international flights. Kona airport offers easier access to the popular resort areas.  Hilo International Airport (ITO) on the eastern shore of the island primarily receives domestic and inter-island air traffic.  Hilo Airport is closer to the Volcanoes National Park, and many helicopter tours depart from here.

Fast Facts

The “Big Island” truly is! The Island of Hawaii is twice the size of all the other Hawaiian islands combined. It is also the youngest of these islands.

Hawaii is the only state that produces coffee.

There are volcanic black sand beaches, red iron-rich beaches and even a green-sand beach on the island, known as PapakĊlea or Mahana Beach, one of only four known in the entire world. The green color comes from olivine crystals. You have to hike to this beach, as cars are not allowed.

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