Hawaii-Kona Destination Guide
Larger than all the other islands combined, "The Big Island" is a miniature continent with stunning beaches, dramatic cliffs, volcanic parks, exotic rivers, vast plains and even cactus studded deserts. The island is dominated by the twin peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, both over 13,000 feet high and divided by ski slopes. Actually, Mauna Kea is only the top of a submerged mountain. Yet at 32,000 feet from sea floor to sky, it could be called the tallest mountain in the world, dwarfing Mount Everest by several thousand feet.
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"The Big Island" is the youngest in Hawaii, a mere baby at one million years old and still growing with constant eruptions and lava flows. It is one of the only places on Earth where you can still see an active volcano. Along the island's eastern edge, the desolate moonscape of Volcanoes National Park is home to Kilauea, a fiery volcano that has been periodically erupting over the last decade.
Visit the charming port town of Hilo, the flower capital of the world, lined with black and white sand beaches. The Kona Coast, world famous for coffee plantations, offers stunning views of the ocean from its powdery beaches and sharp cliffs.
Weather in Hawaii-Kona
The average day-time temperatures in the coastal areas range from the mid-80s in the summer months, to the mid to low 70s in the winter months.
Tipping in Hawaii-Kona
Tipping is at the discretion of the customer, usually 15%.
Wedding Requirements for Hawaii-Kona
There is no waiting requirement for a marriage license in Hawaii, but the bride and groom must obtain it in person ($25 payable in cash, valid statewide for 30 days). Guests can check at their hotel for the nearest licensing agent.
Airport Information for Hawaii-Kona
Travel to and from Hawaii-The Big Island uses the ITO - Hilo; KOA - Kona.
Rental Cars in Hawaii-Kona
Many major car rental agencies are available throughout the Hawaiian Islands.