Big Island Farms is located on the big island of Hawaii, not to be confused with Oahu—the home to the capital Honolulu. Hawaii is the largest and also the youngest of the island chain and has been described as a microcosm of the planet, with ten of the world’s fourteen microclimates. It is easy to be awestruck by the pure demonstration of nature, beauty, mystery, and sacredness on this island. It is a sight to see with its flowing lava from Kilauea, destructive enough to wipe out a forest and creative enough to grow flourishing land from underneath the ocean. From the mile wide Waipio Valley shore to snowy peaks of Mauna Kea, a whopping 13,802 feet above sea level, the islands diversity makes it a must see destination for millions of travelers.
The farm is based on the northeast side of the island known as the Hamakua Coast, between two major landmarks – the historic town of Honoka’a and the well known Waipio Valley.
Travel Hot spots
Hawaii is home to some of the most desired travel locations in the world.
Known on Big Island Farms as Jurassic Park, this valley was once the home of King Kamehameha. Known commonly as the Valley of Kings, the black sand beach leads into a lush jungle valley riddled with waterfalls and home to wild horses, wild hogs, and a community of around 40 people. “Waipio” means “curved water” in the Hawaiian language and rightfully so, due to the curvature of the valleys mouth.
Think Everest is tall? When measured from its oceanic base, Mauna Kea is over 33,000 feet tall, making it the world’s tallest mountain from base to summit. This mountain is believed to be very sacred, and was only welcoming to high-ranking kings of Hawaii.
The most active of the 5 volcanoes of the islands, Kilauea is the heart of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Kilauea means “much spreading” in Hawaiian, due to its active eruption history. At night, at the Jagar Museum, you can see the burning orange glow protruding from the crater and illuminating the surrounding atmosphere. With endless hiking trails through cloud forests and over old lava flows, Kilauea offers a multitude of exploration experiences.
Common practice here is jumping from the 40-foot cliff into 25 feet deep, clear blue water—so clear, in fact, you can see the bottom with perfect clarity. If that doesn’t get your heart racing enough you can jump into a nearby blow-hole that connects to the ocean below. This is only for the experienced.
Hawaii is not only blooming with scenery but also rich with history. The big island of Hawaii is believed to be the first island that ancient Polynesian ancestors—from the Marquesas Islands—settled on over 1,500 years ago. Signs from these first Hawaiian’s still remain present and can be seen at Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park in North Kohala.
The island’s first exposure to the western world was introduced by Captain Cook in 1779—shortly after killed by warriors at Kealakekua Bay when tensions rose following a series of events. A monument for Captain Cook can be paid visit to, at the location of the bay.
Hawaii was once home to the Kohala-born King Kamehameha, who began his conquest to unite the Hawaiian Islands after conquering Hawaii during the 1780s. After many years of war during the rule of Kamehameha, Hawaii soon became a unified kingdom in 1810. After nine years of peace King Kamehameha died in 1819. Statues honoring the king can be found throughout the Island, some weighing up to 7,000 pounds of stone.