Hawai'i, better known as the Big Island, is a work in progress. Sitting above a "hot spot" in the mantle, the island continues to grow and change form as conduits from tectonic pressures deep in the ocean feed its waiting volcanoes.
   

Geologically, the Big Island is one of the youngest places on earth. It's twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, and with Kilauea oozing layers of lava over the landscape, this baby of an island keeps getting bigger. Kilauea, located on the southeastern flank of an immense mountain called Mauna Loa, has been continuously erupting since 1983. Though Mauna Loa is considered one of the earth's most active volcanoes.

The highest point in Hawaii is Mauna Kea reaching 13,796 feet into the sky.

   
And now 15 miles off the southeast coast of the island a new submarine volcano, Lo'ihi, thunders softly 3,000 feet beneath the Pacific Ocean. Someday, thousands of years from now, Lo'ihi will emerge to form a new island. Life on a volcano is not as daunting as it might seem. Most eruptions are gentle and, at least for now, Kilauea is more a tourist draw than a threat.

Everywhere there is the uncommon beauty spawned by the magmaplumbing system that feeds and shapes the island.

The volcano at night
   
Farmers here produce a wide range of products. Some of the best coffee grown anywhere can be found on the Big Island. It is a large producer of orchids. Speciality products like cocoa and vanilla beans, mangos, macadamia nuts and kawa are thriving. In fact, the bulk of Hawai'i's agricultural products are grown and produced here.
   

The city of Kailua-Kona
There are two distinct population centers: Hilo, on the wet, tropical east side, and Kailua-Kona, on the sunny, dry southwest side. The lion's share of visitor attractions, including a string of upscale resorts on the Kohala Coast, is located in the Kailua-Kona area. Hilo, the seat of government and the site of the University of Hawai', is blessed with lush tropical gardens and an endearing sense of old Hawai'i . Between the two destinations is Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, visited by more than 1 million people a year.
   
The older, quieter parts of the island, like Hawi and Kapaau, are reminiscent of its much older sister islands, Kaua'i and Maui, where verdant valleys and cascading waterfalls, rolling hills of lush green grass and hundreds of acres of tropical rainforests exist. In contrast, the youthful, more rambunctious parts of the island are pocketed with cinder cones and flooded with fingers of pahoehoe and a'a lava flows that spread a rich tapestry of color and texture across the broad plains, giving way to fields of black lava along the coast.
   
Weather On the Big Island  

The weather on the Big Island is more diverse than any island.
The west side, where Ono Mango is located, has weather that can be described as an eternal springtime. It's almost always warm and wonderful. In February, the coldest month is between 80° and 65°. In August, the warmest month is between 88° and 69°.

   
   
 
   
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