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THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS: HAWAI‘I ISLAND Gemini Telescope on the summit of Maunakea at sunrise. The Gemini Telescope is an 8-metre optical/IR telescope operated by a consortium of seven countries. (Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Kirk Lee Aeder) 1: Stargaze atop Maunakea For a truly remarkable experience stargaze atop Maunakea, the tallest sea mountain in the world and home to many international observatories. HAWAI‘I ISLAND’S TOP 10 ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCES 56 DISCOVER HAWAI‘I 2: Walk on a volcano Walk along the rim of a volcano on the Crater Rim Trail in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Beginning at Kīlauea Visitor Center, the all-day 18km hike loops around steam vents and craters, and passes through rainforest and desert. 3: Swim with manta rays Swim with one of the largest fish in the ocean, the manta ray. With a wingspan of up to six metres or more, it’s possible to encounter these amazing creatures on an unforgettable night snorkel or dive off the Kona coast. 4: Circle the Island Find out for yourself why the prestigious National Geographic magazine has named the drive around Hawai‘i Island among its ‘50 Ultimate Road Trips in the World’. Remarkably, of the 13 climatic regions on earth, you’ll encounter all but two (the Arctic and the Sahara) here including desert plains, rainforest and snow-capped mountains. 5: Look into early Hawaiian culture Step back into a fascinating ancient time in the sacred Pu‘uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park. Hundreds of years old yet beautifully restored, the park is magical at sunset. 6: Befriend a Hawaiian cowboy Hawaiian cowboys (paniolo) used to roam the Island on horseback, herding cattle across the rolling green pastures. Today, ranches in Kohala provide a variety of opportunities to experience the paniolo lifestyle.
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