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Photo Essay: The Amazing Big Island of Hawaii


Welcome to Hawaii’s famous Big Island — home of a live volcano, Technicolor sunsets, endless recreation and a laid-backlifestyle. Here is my week on the Big Island, in photos:

In This Hawaii Photo Essay You Will Discover:

  • The Beauty of a Volcanic Sunset
  • A Smoking Crater
  • An Underwater Greeting
  • And More!

If you’ve ever read any of my other Hawaii posts, you already know what a huge fan I am of these tiny, tropical islands in the Pacific. They feel like home to me. A Hawaiian local once told me that the Islands are now calling the “Old Hawaiians” back home; the feeling I have — the connection — may well mean I was once an Islander myself… in another life, that is.

Regardless of where your beliefs lie, however, we can all agree the islands are beautiful. And I was once a Maui Man myself — though a recent week (our honeymoon!) on the Big Island may have me leaning towards it as the Big Kahuna.

Here are 24 photos of Hawaii’s Big Island, from one unforgettable week:


Volcanic gasses make for outstanding sunsets.


Some intrepid divers built this underwater, at a depth of about 10 metres.


Hapuna Beach — the Island’s nicest, and busiest, beach.


Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau – if you broke ancient Hawaiian law, the punishment was death — unless you made it here before they got you…


One day, I’ll be a waterman.


Watching the International Space Station pass overtop Mauna Kea.


Kailua’s ever-smoking caldera.


Kona Coffee — the world’s finest bean.


Home to perhaps the best sunsets in the world…


Hawaii has plenty of drive-to snorkel spots.


Volcanoes National Park’s famous “Road Closed” sign.


Free-diving at Two Steps.



Puffer fish — pre-puff.


Inside the dank, dark Thurston Lava Tube.


Star gazing at Mauna Kea’s Visitor Center — 9,200 feet above sea level.


Lava flows have destroyed more than 100 homes since 1983.


Kua Bay — in case you’d heard the Big Island lacks nice beaches.


Lava overtook the Chain of Craters Drive in the 1970s.


Heading out on a night-paddle.


The lunar-like landscape of Volcanoes National Park.


Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau — the place of refuge.


Happiness is a warm sun.

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

3 comments… add one
  • David Webb Sep 19, 2013 Link

    The gasses in the air (VOG) make the sunset bright and vibrant. Kind of like the way smog does.

  • CoffeeMan Sep 10, 2013 Link

    Why do volcanoes affect sunsets???

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