Just outside the small town of Waimea (also known as Kameula), on the north end of the Big Island of Hawai`i, lies the historic Parker Ranch. It was founded in 1847 by John Palmer Parker. They bought the first two acres of ranchland for $10. They expanded in the 1850 when Kipikane was granted 640 acres of surrounding pastureland. Subsequent Parkers continued to expand until, at its height, Parker Ranch covered nearly 500,000 acres, the largest single-owned ranch in the United States. Today it is the fifth largest at 130,000 acres, much of it grazing land for approximately 19,000 head of cattle and 125 horses. Visitors are welcome. Parker Ranch is located at 66-1304 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kamuela, HI 96743. For more information, call 808-885-7311
Papakolea Beach is one of only four Green Sand Beaches in the world. Visitors to the Big Island should make time to visit this spectacular gem at the very southernmost point of the United States.
NEW! Video of Lava Hike! The battle of fire and water: Kilauea is Hawaii’s most active volcano. Roaring back to life with a violent eruption of superheated gas and magma in January of 1983 she has been pouring forth enormous quantities of lava ever since.
In old Hawaii, if you had broken a law, the penalty was death. Perhaps you had entered into an area that was reserved for only the chiefs, or had eaten forbidden foods. Laws, or kapu, governed every aspect of Hawaiian society. The penalty for breaking these laws was certain death. Your only option for survival in such a case would be to elude your pursuers and reach the nearest pu’uhonua, or place of refuge.