Greetings from the Philadelphia airport! I’m currently hopping planes across the U.S. en route to my vacation on the Big Island of Hawaii! Since I’m not there yet, I figured it might be fun to share all cool things I’ve discovered while researching the island and give you a peak at the house I’ll be staying in for the week.
I can see for miles and miles
Hawaii is composed of hundreds of islands spreading over 1,500 miles. The islands are actually exposed peaks of a giant undersea mountain range formed by volcanic activity over a hotspot in the Earth’s mantle. From the northwest to southeast of the archipelago, the eight main islands are Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui and Hawaii. The last, largest and youngest island in the chain is often called “The Big Island” to avoid confusing the name of the island with the name of the state. This is the island I’ll be exploring for the next week!
The Big Island of Hawaii
The Big Island of Hawaii was built from five different shield volcanoes that erupted over top of each other. Three of the volcanoes are active (Hualalai, Mauna Loa and Kilauea), one is extinct (Kohala) and the other remains dormant (Mauna Kea). The highest point on the Big Island is the dormant volcano, Mauna Kea, at 13,796 feet. Mauna Loa comprises over half of the Big Island is one of the largest shield volcanoes on Earth. Kilauea has been continuously erupting since 1983.
Sound of the Whale
This is the beautiful cedar house where I’ll be staying in Milolii, Hawaii. The town is located about 46 miles or an hour and half south from the Kona International Airport. The town is supposedly the last Hawaiian fishing village. Nearby is Honomalino Bay, a secluded black sand beach frequented by dolphins.