Simmering summits, sacred sites and seaside towns—see it all on the island of Hawaii, or Big Island. Largest of the Hawaiian islands, bursting with Hawaiian lore, the island delivers a wealth of diverse landscapes, from the coffee plantations of the west and black-sand beaches of the north to the epic volcanoes towering over the south and the immensity of the true-blue ocean surrounding it all.

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Start on the Kona coast, known for coffee farms, the historic Kailua-Kona village and some of the best resorts in Hawaii. Tour all the Big Island attractions, including the active Kilauea Volcano, the waterfalls of the Kohala coast and every beach along the way. Plan your trip to Big Island, Hawaii thanks to our Hawaii holiday packages from Canada.

ISLAND OF HAWAII TRAVEL GUIDE

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Languages

English and Hawaiian

What to eat

Poi (Hawaiian pudding made from taro root), macadamia nut cream pie, huli huli chicken (marinated and grilled chicken) and local produce from the Hilo Farmers Market.

What to bring back

Kona coffee, Hawaiian macadamia nut oil, craft beers from the Kona Brewing Co., items woven from lauhala leaves and chocolate from the Original Hawaiian Chocolate factory.

Fun Fact

Scenic Waipio Valley is more than just a place of unspeakable beauty—it’s also considered sacred in Hawaiian history. This is the childhood home of King Kamehameha I, the royal leader responsible for uniting the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom in 1810. A Kamehameha Statue stands in his nearby birthplace of Kapaau.  

Important Info

For more information on all necessary travel documents, visa, taxes and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.
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