The Amazing Big Island: My Growing List of Intriguing Facts & Essential Stats For Every Kamaʻāina

by Keolu

My Expanding List of Things I Find Intriguing About The Big Island:

I add new discoveries to my growing list here after I verify sources.

Geeky Stats I Find Interesting About The Big Island:

Name:  The Island of Hawaiʻi, The Big Island, or Hawaiʻi Island.  

Hawaiian name:  Moku o Keawe or Hawaiʻi

Nickname:  The Orchid Isle.  

Population:  201,513 (14% of state population) (source: United States Census Bureau 2019)

Most populated town and county seat is Hilo.

Area: 4029 sq miles.  

Highest elevation: 13,803 ft. (Mauna Kea)

Flower:  ʻŌhi’a Lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha)

Island color:  ʻUlaʻula (red)


Hilo International Airport (ITO)

Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport (KOA)

Waimea-Kohala Airport (MUE)

Distance from Kailua-Kona to 

Honolulu 167 miles

Los Angeles: 2512 miles

New York City: 4931 miles

London: 7304 miles

Tokyo: 4011 miles

Sydney: 5069 miles

Temperature at (source: NOAA Climate Data):

Hilo International Airport

Average Temperature:  73.9 F

Ave Low Temperature:  66.8 F

Ave High Temperature:  80.9 F

Ave Hottest Months:  August/September

Ave Coldest Months:  January/February

Annual Rainfall: 126.7 inches!

Driest Month:  June

Wettest Month:  November


Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport

Average Temperature:  77.9 F

Ave Low Temperature:  71.8 F

Ave High Temperature:  84.1 F

Hottest Months:  August/September

Coldest Months:  January/February

Annual Rainfall: 18.3 inches

Driest Month:  July

Wettest Month:  December

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