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The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
1 N. Kaniku Drive
Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743
Phone: (808) 885-2000

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Thursday
a few showers. Cloudy. Warm.
80/68 °F
27/20°C
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a few showers. Cloudy. Warm.
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About Big Island, HI

If you’re looking for a Hawaii vacation like none other, then make your plans to visit Big Island. The aptly-named isle is, by far, the largest island in the Hawai'ian chain – combine the size of all the others, double that figure, and the Big Island is still the larger land mass. Interestingly enough, this extra space does not translate to population since approximately 140,000 people, many of them living in urban areas like Hilo, call the island home. A nature-lover's paradise, the Big Island has remained relatively unspoiled, and its protected forests include the Kau, Kapapala, and Ruu Makaala Reserves in the south and the Mauna Kea, Kohala, and Hakalau Reserves in the north. At the heart of the island are two towering volcanic peaks, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Those looking to vacation in Mauna Kea will, quite literally, find their heads in the clouds, as the mountain's summit is some 13,700 feet above sea level, making it a prime spot for Big Island stargazing. Meanwhile, Mauna Loa is the dramatic centerpiece of Volcanoes National Park, the 13th park so designated by the United States government. Over the years, park sights have thrilled countless visitors – Kilauea Caldera, which has been spewing lava since 1983; ancient lava chutes and smoldering cinder cones; and the dramatic Kau dessert, which is home to the Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs.
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Where is the third largest ranch in the United States? Texas? Montana? Wyoming? Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Spanning 135,000 acres and boasting 30,000 head of cattle, Hawai'i's Parker Ranch proudly earns that title. Home to the paniolo – the Hawai'ian cowboy – Parker Ranch dates to the first quarter of the 19th century, when a young sailor found life on the island to his liking, married a local girl, and began rounding up cattle for King Kamehameha I. After several years of toil, the family fortune began to grow, and Parker salt beef replaced sandalwood as the island's chief export. Today, the ranch employs almost two-dozen full-time cowboys, and its historic homes help make it a popular tourist attraction.

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