Forget the Olympics or the Oscars, the awards that matter are the many tourism awards that the Big Island (and Hawaii in general), keep winning. Book your vacation rental early through, or better yet, buy a 2nd home so you can make the Big Island your own!  Now get ready, and don’t hold back on the applause.  Clap your hands off! 

Top Spot  The Big Island is a 2014 Frommer's “Top 15 Destinations”
Citing Madame Pele’s “smoke-and-lava show,” Frommer’s called Hawaii Island, “...a wonderfully varied place of ranches, sleepy cities, coffee plantations, petroglyph- laden landscapes, lava tubes and much, much more.”  Less developed than Oahu and Maui, the Big Island’s land, activities and people shows what the “Aloha State” is really about.

#1 — Kailua Kona #1 Destination on the Rise!
Mahalo TripAdvisor for recognizing what we already know about this former residence of kings, “Water sports, hiking, exploring the sacred volcanic summit of Mauna Kea or standing in the spray of a waterfall are all part of the Kailua-Kona experience.”  A slew of newly opened restaurants adds to the flavor of this coastal town.

 #1  Healthiest State in the Nation
The United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings named Hawaii the healthiest state — even with delicious lau lau, Mac nut pie and Kalua chicken on most menus. “One reason state residents are in good health may be the high level of access to care.”  Year round outdoor sports and activities help too!

#1  Waipio Valley named Top Valley in Hawaii
Take lots of deep breaths as you 4-wheel drive, hike or horseback “The Valley of Kings'” 25-degree incline, but it’s worth every white-knuckle second. “…We highly recommend a daylong exploration of the valley floor. Then take the dirt road hugging the Waipio River deep into the valley’s lush foliage and scattered taro farms to a view of towering Hiilawe — one of the tallest waterfalls in Hawaii.”

#5  Hawi named Top 5 Small Towns
Praised by Hawaii Magazine and its readers as one of the Top 5 Small Towns, Hawi, in North Kohala, features, …unique and unusual boutiques, eateries, bookstores and galleries. Hawi today is vibrant again—with a surprisingly-numerous-for-a-town-of-its-size collection of great places to eat—but with no less of its small town appeal firmly intact.”