|The Kona Seawall|
First of all, to get around the island in any meaningful way you will need to get off the sidewalk and rent a car. Still there are a number of amazing places to walk around. Here are a few I particularly liked: the seawall in Kona, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the little old towns that are scattered across the Island.
|Mokuaikaua Church in Kona|
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Like I said before, you need a car on this island. To get to the Volcanoes National Park you will need to drive for at least an
|The warning sign at the beginning of the hike to the|
I did two walks while in the park and both were very cool. One was the short, but unworldly, walk through the Thurston
|Thurston Lava Tube|
One way that the Island of Hawaii seems to differ from at least Maui, is that there are numerous small towns across the island and most of them seem quite old. They come from a time before tourism for the most part and were town centres for cane sugar and other crops that were grown here. Somehow, despite all the changes, they have managed to maintain their charm. Some of the best ones that I saw were Hawi and Honokaa on the northern part of the island, Honomu on the eastern side and Naalehu on the southern shore. They are all very compact and really don't feel commercial or touristy at all. They are just nice little towns to wander around in.
I think that based on the older towns, the size and the volcanoes, the Island of Hawaii seems to have much more to offer than other Hawaiian Islands. I would definitely go back!