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Big Island of Hawaii Gay and Lesbian Vacations
Big Island of Hawaii
Your gay Big Island vacation
The largest island in the Hawaiian chain is appropriately referred to as "The Big Island," and for good reason: It's nearly the size of Connecticut and has multiple microclimates, from dripping rainforest to snow-capped volcanoes. It's also home to the largest mountain mass in the world, Mauna Kea, measured at over 31,000-feet from its base, and 18,000-feet underwater. It's no wonder eco-tourists and adventurers the world over come to be overwhelmed by the beauty and diversity of this burgeoning Pacific landmass.
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Big Island of Hawaii highlights
Big Island history
Since so much of the state's ancient history is linked to the Big Island, it's also home to some of the largest and best preserved heiau (Hawaiian temples) and petroglyph fields (ancient rock carvings) in Hawaii. The Puuhonua O Honaunau (Place of Refuge) is a sacred site full of Hawaiian temples.
Arid and rural South Kona is where the famous Kona coffee is grown and roasted. The Puna area south of the old sugar town of Hilo sports black-sand beaches, and steam vents rich with foliage.
The volcano goddess Pele traditionally resides on this eastern side of the island, where you can fly over her turbulent furnace in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park by helicopter or airplane. The Big Island is full of towns and villages, dominated by the majestic scenery surrounding them.
LGBT Big Island
The LGBT scene here can be a little hard for tourists to find at first, but the boomtown of Kailua-Kona is home to the only full-time gay bar outside of Honolulu. Resident gay men and especially lesbians can also be found in droves in funky Puna, home to a number of gay B&Bs and down-home but well-attended public parties.