Here are a few fun facts about the Big Island of Hawaii.
Most of the world's macadamia nuts are grown on the Big Island.
The Big Island is the largest of the all the Hawaiian Islands. It's 4,038 square miles and twice the size of all the other islands combined.
At 480,000 acres, the Parker Ranch is the largest contiguous ranch in the United States.
The Big Island is the youngest Island in the Hawaiian chain. Scientist believe it is 800,000 years old.
One the world's largest telescope observatories is located on Mauna Kea.
Kilauea is the world's largest and most active volcano.
Two of the tallest mountains in the Pacific - Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa - dominate the center of the island.
Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world (measured from its base at the ocean floor).
Ka Lae, or "South Point" is the southernmost point in the United States. There are constant winds of 27 knots per hour blowing east to west everyday, with strong ocean currents.
Hawaii leads the world in harvesting macadamia nuts and orchids.
The Big Island is thought to be the first island discovered by Polynesians.
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