A sweeping new piece of legislation will ban short-term vacation rentals across 98% of the Big Island by the end of 2019. Bill 108 will reduce the number of unregulated short-term vacation rentals across the Big Island, and prevent most land zones from having short-term vacation rentals indefinitely.
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The construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) near the summit of Mauna Kea, the highest island mountain in the world, has lead to an eruption of controversy and protests on the Big Island. The protests have lead to strongly divided opinions, as well as renewed interest in the history and future of one of the world's most fascinating and unusual volcanoes.
It may surprise some, but the Aloha State is no stranger to freezing temperatures, snowfall and even blizzards. Fortunately, Hawaiian snow is confined to the winter months on the islands’ highest peaks.
Hawaii’s shoulder season in September and October is the perfect time to plan your tropical getaway and save on airfare, accommodations, restaurants, and activities — all while enjoying beautiful beach weather.
The Big Island of Hawaii has the world’s most colorful sands. From sugar white to black and even green sand, take a journey around the island and learn how each sand type forms — and where to find it.
The geography of the Big Island plays an important role in regulating the weather. Persistent trade winds from the northeast interact with the island’s large mountains, creating a series of sharply contrasting micro-climates.