Hawaii Island isn’t just big, it’s still growing. The Island of Hawaii is the youngest island in the Hawaiian chain and is also by far the biggest, providing a vast canvas of environments to discover a variety of unrivaled natural wonders. This is the home of one of the world’s most active volcanoes (Kilauea), the tallest sea mountain in the world at more than 33,000 feet (Maunakea), the most massive mountain in the world (Maunaloa) and the largest park in the state (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park). All but two of the world’s climate zones generate everything from lush rain forests to volcanic deserts, snow-capped mountaintops to beautiful black sand beaches. Whether you’re looking for an Executive Board retreat, an Incentive to include journey off the beaten path, or a Convention site, you’ll discover it all on the Island of Hawaii.
The island of Hawaii is larger than all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined! It’s also the youngest (less than 500,000 years old) and, thanks to its active Kilauea Volcano, still growing.
Beyond luxury resorts, low-key towns and a wealth of shopping, dining and entertainment, its 4,028 square miles and 266-mile coastline beg to be explored, and teambuilding opportunities are abundant. Groups can hike a variety of terrains — from tropical to arid — or helicopter above the steaming Puu Oo vent, go deep-sea fishing or race in outrigger canoes, zipline down lofty mountain slopes and snorkel with massive manta rays as they feed on plankton at night.
No matter the experience, one things is certain: attendees will leave inspired to think bigger, work boldly and approach projects with new perspective.
Beyond Kilauea, Hawaii Island has these natural wonders at which to marvel:
All but four of the world’s climate zones, including tropical, arid, semi-arid, temperate, and periglacial
Maunakea, the world’s tallest sea mountain, and Maunaloa, the world’s largest mountain, sprawling over the island
Five volcanoes and stark lava fields in a variety of textures
Black and white sand beaches
A variety of florae, insects and birds found no place else on earth.
Enclaves of Extravagance
There are a range of hotel properties on Hawaii Island, with a combined inventory of more than 6,000 overnight rooms. Even the largest groups can find suitable properties here, with ample space to spread out.
The Big Island's top resorts are along the Kohala Coast, in Keauhou, and in Kailua-Kona — all on the island’s western (leeward) side — and promise all the amenities one could wish for: watersports, refreshing pools, chef-centric dining, tennis, spas and golf.
Cultural & Historic Treasures
Hawaii's ancient stone heiau (temples), historic homes of Hawaiian royalty and community leaders, 23,000 ancient petroglyphs in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and partially restored 600-year-old fishing village of Lapakahi are just a few of the many cultural treasures here. The island also hosts a world-renowned traditional hula competition, home to incredible multiethnic cuisine and flourishes with paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) culture in Waimea.
An Epicenter for Industry
Hawaii Island has entered the global spotlight as a key research setting for several important fields, including volcanology, biology, ocean sciences, geology, green technology and agriculture.
Groups in all industries have something to learn from places such as the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park and the Imiloa Astronomy Center, where science, history, and culture merge.