This overview tour includes some highlights of the Big Island of Hawaii, the southernmost, largest, and youngest of the Hawaiian islands. The Big Island has five major sections. The Kona area on the west coast is arid and sunny, with fields of exposed lava rock and scrubbrush. The southern coast is dominated by the still-active volcanic activity of Hawaii Volcanies National Park. The east coast gets a lot of rain and is covered with waterfalls, gardens, and tropical forest, while the north Kohala coast contains some of the best beaches in the state. Finally, two huge volcanoes dominate the center of the island: Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

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