The Big Island has 11 remarkably distinct climatic zones: Snow covers the 13,800-foot summit of Mauna Kea, while deserts, rain forests and waterfalls spread below. Very much a center of agricultural industry, the “Orchid Isle” is justly famous for its tropical flowers, macadamia nuts and coffee. While Hawaii's coast is popular with divers, surfers and big-game fishers, inland the past is very much present in the form of ancient petroglyphs and temples. 

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