||The Big Island is one of the
remote spots on earth. Located near the center of the Pacific
Ocean, and just below the Tropic of Cancer, the Big Island is
the youngest, yet largest of the eight Hawaiian Islands. The
official color of Hawaii is red, and those great smelling fresh
leis that everyone wears around the island are made from the
Big Islands official flower, Lehua. The Big Island is known
for many things, but the active Volcanoes are what really drive
the people to the island. People from far and near arrive at Hawaii
to walk, see, and experience first hand how Mother Nature works.
Five active volcanoes formed the Big Island. Two of which are still
active till this day, the Mauna Loa and Kilauea.
and tourism are the Big Islands main source of income in addition
to sugar. Fresh fruit can be found almost anywhere, and on a hot
Hawaiian day a cold delicious mouthwatering treat for your taste
buds is sure to make your day feel cooler. Numerous historical and
cultural sites circle the island. The Kona-Kohala Coast is a historic
landmark worth mentioning since history evolved here. The Coast
is home to various history making individuals. Some important people
worth mentioning are King Kamehameha, a great individual who joint
the Hawaiian Islands under a single ruling, and Ellison Onizuka,
the Big Islands first astronaut.
Food always gathers people together, and on the Big Island food
is a very significant aspect of the islands history and culture.
Native Hawaiian foods are Poi, Kalua pig, Ahi Poke, Manapua, and
Lau Lau. Taro, a product to make Poi, was brought to Hawaii in 450
A.D. by the Polynesians in sailing canoes. Taro is one of the oldest
cultivated crops, and were usually planted and pounded only by men.
Poi is considered a sacred food to the culture of the Hawaiian Islands
and should be tried when visiting the Big Island. Even though an
acquired taste might have to prevail, since most people don’t
like Poi, it is a big part of the Big Islands history, and is worth
mentioning. The sacredness of Poi is reflected in Hawaiian mythology,
where taro is believed to have the greatest life force of all the
native foods. Just think, when your tasting Poi you taste all the
history that came with this crop.
The Big Island is home to all types of people. Even Gods and Kings
once lived on the Big Island. One historic and sacred sight on the
Big Island is Waipi`o Valley. This famous landmark is a dwelling
place for many important temples. Ancient burial caves reside at
the valley where Kings were put to rest. Legend has it that people
who reside at the valley will have no harm come to them, because
the divine power of the Kings will keep them safe. The florescent
green valley’s of Waipi’o is surly a mystical place
The Big Island is rich in history, food, and culture. What’s
not to love here? Each historical landmark has a special and unique
story to tell, and is awaiting your presence to reveal it’s