Area: 4,028 sq. miles
Official color: red.
Official flower: Red ohia lehua blossom
Two-sided Island. On the east, Hilo is wet and tropical, with more than 150 inches of rain annually. The Kona side gets less than 10 inches of annual precipitation
Hilo, population > 42,000 is the largest city on the Big Island and the county seat
Kona is where you’ll find many of the island’s major resorts.
Birthplace & Deathplace of a king: Kamehameha I, the great king who united all the Hawaiian islands under his rule was born in North Kohala, near the northernmost tip on the Big Island. Kamehameha died in Kailua-Kona on May 8, 1819.
It's the biggest. The Big Island is the biggest Hawaiian island. Encompassing 4,028 square miles, the Big Island is twice the size of all other Hawaiian islands combined, and it’s still growing.
It's the youngest. Estimated to be 800,000 years old, Hawai‘i (the "Big Island") is the youngest island in the Hawaiian archipelago
It's the most volcanic. Located near Hilo, Kilauea is the world’s most active volcano. Kilauea has been feeding rivers of lava since January 1983, adding more real estate to the island every day. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, which includes Kilauea, is one of the state’s most popular visitor attractions, offering hiking, camping
It has the world's tallest mountain. Measured from the sea floor, Mauna Kea on the Big Island stands 33,476 feet high (13,796 feet from sea level), making it the tallest mountain on earth.
It has the state's highest point. Mauna Kea, at 13,796 feet above sea level is the highest point in the State of Hawaii.
It has the world's largest telescope. The Big Island's Mauna Kea Observatory houses the world's largest telescope.
It has the most southerly point in the U.S. Ka Lae, also known as "South Point," is the southernmost point in the United States, located 18:54:49 N, 155:41:00 W.