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About the Big Island

Hilo and the Big Island

A snow-capped Maunakea can be seen from the beautiful Hilo Bay
A snow-capped Maunakea can be seen from the beautiful Hilo Bay

The University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo is situated on the island of Hawai╩╗i, the largest in the Hawaiian Archipelago. With an area of 4,060 square miles, it has more land than all the other Hawaiian islands combined. With its great variety of physical features, including peaks that are snowcapped in winter, pasture lands, sugarcane fields, active volcanoes, and rain-swept valleys, the Big Island of Hawai╩╗i has been described as a tropical mini-continent. Located in the Pacific Ocean, Hawai╩╗i Island is almost 2,500 miles from the mainland U.S.A. Its marine environment, geological diversity and cultural richness are valuable and well utilized educational resources by the faculty and administration.

Papakolea (Green Sand Beach) gets its name from the olivine mineral in the sand
Papakolea (Green Sand Beach) gets its name from the olivine mineral in the sand

The islandÔÇÖs economy is centered largely on agriculture and tourism. Hilo, which has a major harbor and airport, is a peaceful city with a population of 43,000. It is located 200 air miles from Honolulu, Hawai╩╗iÔÇÖs state capital. Kailua-Kona, on the western side of Hawai╩╗i Island, is one of the fastest growing population centers in the State. Its airport with direct service to the mainland, world-class resorts and golfing, deep-sea fishing and historic landmarks make this an ideal setting for the UniversityÔÇÖs West Hawai╩╗i center. Hilo and Kailua-Kona provide a full range of medical, social and community services.

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Big Island Resources

Points of Interest

Arts and Entertainment

East Hawai╩╗i Shopping Centers

Natural Attractions

Theatres

Shopping

Also

  • Visit the luxurious resorts on the western side of the island
  • Enjoy fun in the sun on any of the beaches scattered around the island