The 14 state parks on the Big Island of Hawaii protect some of the island's unique natural treasures. Add some of these parks to your Big island itinerary!

Hawai'i Island's state parks allow you to observe local flora and fauna, and enjoy the island's diverse landscapes.

Akaka Falls State Park is home to the impressive 442-foot Akaka Falls, accessed via a scenic trail lined with tropical plants and flowers. 

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park contains the Captain Cook Monument. It is also one of the top places on the Big Island to snorkel. 

Visit Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area for the showstopper golden sand beach, and swimming and snorkeling when waters are calm.

Wailuku River State Park is home to the lovely 80-foot Rainbow Falls. On a nice weather day, visit in the morning to look for a rainbow in the mist!

At Lava Tree State Monument, you can see the lava molds of tree trunks. They look like sculptures and were created after lava swept through the forest here.

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