Big Island of Hawaii
211 Kinoole Street, Hawaii, HI, USA
Big Island of Hawaii Reviews
Jun 04, 2007
The Big Island is the most complex of all the Hawaiian islands, in my opinion- it has the most diversity, especially when it comes to climate and landscape. You can find everything from lush rainforests to desertic, dry lava-covered fields to white, black and even green sand beaches, to waterfalls surrounded by gorgeous flowers, to cows grazing on green pastures, to active volcanos. Depending on your location on the Big Island you can experience snow, rain, fog or beautiful tropical weather and heat- This place is truely a rainbow of diversity.
This also applies when it comes to the population. The main ethnicities that compose the Big Island's population include Hawaiians, caucasians that moved to Hawaii from the "mainland" (a lot of these are hippies), Japanese, Filipinos, Portuguese, Samoans, Tongans, etc , however, there are people from all over the world that live in Hawaii, and this is reflected in the great local food and the many unique cultural segments that make up Hawaii's own contemporary local culture. If you go to Honoka'a, you will notice that the town is composed of mostly Portuguese (great Portuguese food!!!), and if you go to Waimea you will notice the strong presence of the "paniolo", also known as the Hawaiian cowboy. Then there's Kona, the hub of tourism and wealth on the island- a somewhat hip, trendy place where teens from all over the island drive to on the weekends to see and be seen on Ali'i Drive. Kona itself, though, is a small and relaxing town, famous for its surrounding beaches, its coffee and its sunsets, and there really aren't many exciting things to do for hyper, city kids who want to experience "life in the fast lane". This lifestyle does not exist on the Big Island of Hawaii and that is what makes it attractive and different from Oahu and its capital, Honolulu. In Hawaii, you can find wealth, poverty, as well as those who have decided to seek an existence outside of the "matrix". There are areas, especially out in the Puna area where many hippies, rastafarians and noncomfortists, in general, have decided to isolate themselves from civilization to the point of living lifestyles similar to those of the people who lived hundreds of years ago, where they build their own houses, grow their own food, and seldom venture out into society, with the exception of a few trips a year to a health food store or something along those lines in the tiny town of Pahoa.
The Big Island is extremely..."chill", for lack of a better word. A priority for most people who live on the Big Island is family (ohana), friends, enjoying a good meal together, going to the beach, enjoying the natural environment, spirituality, art, music (great reggae shows, as well as lots of local bands in pretty much any musical genre), surf, natural and healthy lifestyles (for the most part) and simply enjoying life and being happy.
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