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  • A visit to Hawaii's Big Island - 1 of 10

    A visit to Hawaii's Big Island

    The Big Island of Hawaii boasts some surprising factoids: It's bigger than all the other Hawaiian islands put together, and its topography and attractions are extremely varied. It also boasts one of the best beaches in the state: Hapuna Beach. Photos by Rebecca Tobin

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    A visit to Hawaii's Big Island

    Snorkelers set out in the morning from a launch near Kailua-Kona. Most snorkel trips on the Big Island take in Kealakekua Bay, which offers amazing snorkeling and diving plus views of the Captain Cook monument (the explorer was killed here in 1779.)

  • A visit to Hawaii's Big Island - 3 of 10

    A visit to Hawaii's Big Island

    A view of Mauna Kea, on a drive between Kailua-Kona and Hilo. The peak is 13,800 feet above sea level, making it the tallest mountain in Hawaii, but when measured from its underwater base it is taller than Mount Everest.

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    A visit to Hawaii's Big Island

    A farmers market is held in downtown Hilo, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays the number of vendors swells to more than 200, selling food, crafts, gifts and flowers.

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    A visit to Hawaii's Big Island

    Another view from the market.

  • A visit to Hawaii's Big Island - 6 of 10

    A visit to Hawaii's Big Island

    Travelers shop for Hawaiian shirts in Hilo.

  • A visit to Hawaii's Big Island - 7 of 10

    A visit to Hawaii's Big Island

    In the volcanic rocks outside of Kailua-Kona, locals leave rock graffiti along the highway. This one says "we must free Hawaii."

  • A visit to Hawaii's Big Island - 8 of 10

    A visit to Hawaii's Big Island

    One of the major attractions outside of Hilo is Akaka Falls. Visitors walk through on a path through a tropical landscape before coming to the views of the waterfall.

  • A visit to Hawaii's Big Island - 9 of 10

    A visit to Hawaii's Big Island

    Akaka Falls, a 442-foot-tall waterfall.

  • A visit to Hawaii's Big Island - 10 of 10

    A visit to Hawaii's Big Island

    One of the Big Island's famous black-sand beaches. One of the most famous is Punalu'u Beach Park, south of Hilo.

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