KONA, BIG ISLAND, HAWAII, USA
27.06.2013 - 06.07.2013 27 °C
A FABULOUS/FASCINATING/FUN FACT ABOUT THIS PLACE:
I LOVE IT! THE BIG ISLAND IS ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING PLACES IN THE WORLD!
It is the largest and the southeastern-most of the Hawaiian islands
With an area of 4,028 square miles (10,430 km2), it is larger than all of the other islands in the archipelago combined and is the largest island in the United States.
Captain James Cook, the European who claimed to have discovered the Hawaiian Islands and called them the "Sandwich Islands", was killed on the Big Island at Kealakekua Bay.
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, after several years of war, and gave the kingdom and the island chain the name of his native island.
Measured from its sea floor base to its highest peak, Mauna Kea is the world's tallest mountain, taller than Mount Everest is above sea level
The Island of Hawaiʻi is built from five separate shield volcanoes that erupted somewhat sequentially, one overlapping the other. These are (from oldest to youngest):
Hualālai—active but not currently erupting (dormant)
Mauna Loa—active, partly within Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
Kīlauea—active: has been erupting continuously since 1983; part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
Sugarcane was the backbone of Hawaiʻi Island's economy for more than a century. In the mid-twentieth century, sugar plantations began to downsize and in 1996, the last plantation closed.
Most of Hawaiʻi Island's economy is based on tourism, centered primarily in resort areas on the western coast of the island in the North Kona and South Kohala districts. More recently, Hawaiʻi Island has become a focus for sustainable tourism.
Diversified agriculture is a growing sector of the economy. Major crops include Macadamia nuts, papaya, flowers, tropical and temperate vegetables, and coffee beans. Only coffee grown in the Kona District of this island may be branded Kona coffee. The island's orchid agriculture is the largest in the state, and resulted in the unofficial nickname "The Orchid Isle." The island is home to one of the United States' largest cattle ranches: Parker Ranch, on 175,000 acres (708 km2) in Waimea. Hawaiʻi is also known for astronomy, and numerous telescopes are operated on the summit of Mauna Kea, where atmospheric clarity is excellent and there is little light pollution.
Kona is the home of the world-famous Ironman World Championship Triathlon which is held each year in October in Kailua-Kona.
GREG LIVES HERE!!!
HOW EVER DID I GET HERE?
Just a short flight from Honolulu!
WHERE DID I STAY?
THE AGE OLD QUESTION: HOW WAS THE WEATHER?
Perfect. Hawaii weather as usual. Light, warm rain one minute in one place and sunny in another place or the next minute. Loved it!
WHAT DID I SEE HERE AND WHAT DID I DO?
I saw Greg! I went to beaches. I swam. I snorkeled. I saw a sting ray. I went diving. I layed in the sun. I was warm! I saw 4th of July fireworks <3
I went to South Point! I floated in the Pacific Ocean on an inflatable jandal (flip flop) like shark bait!
ANY RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, HOSTELS, PEOPLE ETC WORTH MENTIONING?
Spent some time hanging out in Josh Lambus' gallery in Kona! Probably the most talented guy in the world. Got my caffeine fix at Lava Java.
FAVORITE MEMORY FROM MY TIME HERE:
Probably watching Greg do his exercises. DIVING! And every other second of my time here was pretty awesome too.
WOULD I EVER COME BACK HERE IF I HAD THE CHANCE OR WOULD I RECOMMEND IT TO A FRIEND OR FELLOW TRAVELER?
Time and Time Again. Love it. It's a MUST DO!