The Island of Hawai'i, known as the Big Island by locals, is the youngest within the archipelago. The most dynamic and active of the Hawaiian Islands, the Big Island is constantly changing shape and form, and features the most interesting contrasts that vistas can offer.
Black sand beaches juxtapose themselves against snowcapped peaks, and red lehua blossoms-the first sign of life after volcanic eruption-display a striking burst of color on a black lava canvas. In their own unique way, the monochromatic hues of the Big Island vie in beauty with its green valleys and rainforests.
A myriad of activities and recreation complements the diverse sightseeing available. One can choose between sunning at a resort beach or hiking in the snow on Mauna Loa (in season). There are world-class spas and golf courses or mule rides along massive sea cliffs and quiet forest trails. Whatever the facet, one will experience the grandeur of the Big Island immensely and without fail.
Not as populated as the cities on O'ahu or Maui, Hilo lends a small town charm while ranches in Waimea, coffee farms in Kona, and orchid, anthurium, and other tropical flower enterprises scattered throughout create an agricultural pulse. In The Big Island As Seen From The Skies, photographers G. Brad Lewis and Douglas Peebles take you through a wondrous tour of the Big Island's remarkable sites as you've rarely seen them before... from the skies.