The Big Island of Hawaii

[05/23/2014 by Jason Ian Hector, Hawaii and CA Real Estate Broker and Short Sale Specialist]
The Big Island of Hawaii is the largest island among the Hawaiian Islands and home to Kilauea, one of the worlds most active volcanoes. The Big Island is home to numerous archeological remains including a royal palace dated to the 15th century one of which is the City of Refuge.
 
Typically people refer to the two sides of the island, the Kona or dryer side and the Hilo or wet side.

The Big Island is divided into seven regions:

  • Hilo
  • Puna
  • Hamakua
  • Kau on the east 
  • Kohala on the north 
  • Kona to the west.

Downtown Hilo (the wet side)

The Hilo side of the island is known for its lush greenery, molten lava viewing at Kalapana and the Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, Waiopae Tidepools, and Ahalanui Hot Ponds. The island is served by two international airports found in Kona and Hilo, the islands major areas. Hilo has an important business role in Hawaii because it is home to the County of Hawaii government.
 
Downtown Hilo features major museums, art galleries, local shops and the Hilo Farmers Market. Natural beauty are among of the things that Hilo boasts. The Liliuokalani Gardens provide a Japanese atmosphere as the authentic garden park stretches for 30-acres. In 1917, the park served as a tribute to the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii who worked in the sugar plantation fields. The Wailuku River State Park highlights two main attractions; Waianuenue (Rainbow Falls) and Pe’epe’s Falls. In Waianuenue, an 80-foot drop can be seen along with rainbows on a rainy day. While in Pe’epe’e falls, the Boiling Pots can be seen in a pool formed by the water flows combining with a cooling molten lava.

Kona (aka Kailua-Kona or dry side)

Kona is an area of the Big Island well known for Kona’s Gold Coast, and Cloud Forest, some of the best Big Game Sportfishing in the world and off course the it‘s famous Kona coffee farms. The summer months run from May to October and winter months from November to April. However, like the rest of the Hawaiian Islands, temperatures are fairly constant throughout the year. The Big Island is unique because it features 10 of the 15 climate zones. It is one of the few places you can experience a beautiful sand beach like my favorite, Hapuna Beach (pictured left) and also find snow on top of the volcano maybe even in the same day.
 
On the other side of the islands coast lies Kailua-Kona. Kona is home to the Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona), which includes areas of shopping, dining, and simply being exposed to Hawaiis rich culture. This town was also King Kamehamehas home prior to his death in 1819. Every October, the Kailua Pier hosts the Ironman World Championship. Hawaiian culture had been an essential part of Kona. In the southern area of Kona, the Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park is one of Hawaii's sacred grounds and was once considered by ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers a place of refuge and the site of royal grounds. Other Kona attractions include Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park (Site where Captain James Cook first landed in the island), Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park and the home of Kona grown coffee, the town of Holualoa.

Schools in Hawaii

Schools are are usually an important factor in buying a house or condo. Therefore, as a real estate broker, providing information about the schools for a particular house or neighborhood is my goal so that homeowners can research school information throughout the home buying process.
To make things easier, I have summarized some of the main online website resources below!

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