Big Island: Contact Info and Trivia

CONTACT:

Big Island Chapter of the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau: (800) 648-2441.

Hilo: 250 Keawe St., Hilo 96720, (808) 961-5797; fax: (808) 961-2126.

Kona: 75-5719 W. Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona 96740, (808) 329-7787; fax: (808) 326-7563.

On the Web: interLink Hawaii, www.bigisland.com. n

FAST FACTS:

Size: 4,038 square miles (93 miles in length and 76 miles in width) -- 65% bigger than all the other islands combined -- and still growing in land mass because of constant lava deposits.

Population: 137,531, and growing at a rate of 4%.

Highest Point: Mauna Kea (13,796 feet).

Coastline: 266 miles.

Origins: The 800,000-year-old Big Island -- the youngest of the Hawaiian Islands -- was formed by the fires from five enormous volcanoes.

DRIVING TIMES:

Kona to Hilo: Two hours and 15 minutes.

Kona to Volcanoes National Park: Two hours and 30 minutes.

Kona to Waimea: 50 minutes.

Hilo to Volcanoes National Park: 45 minutes.

Hilo to Waimea: One hour and 15 minutes.

Keahole-Kona airport to Kohala resorts: 30 minutes.

Keahole-Kona airport to Kona: 10 minutes.

Keahole-Kona airport to Keauhou: 20 minutes.

TRIVIA:

  • The Big Island is the world's largest producer of macadamia nuts.
  • Mauna Kea has nine observatories, and the world's largest telescope, for viewing both the southern and northern hemispheres.
  • Hawaii is the only state where coffee is grown commercially, and the Big Island is the major producer in the state, with more than 600 coffee farms in the Kona district.
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