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Big Island

The Big Island is a study in contrast. Constant sunshine beats down on barren lava fields on one side, and rain forests and geothermal activity command the other. You can see old giant lava flows near Kalapana, or witness fresh molten lava pouring into the ocean. On the north shore, the Waipio Valley once supported thousands of Hawaiians. Today it's virtually deserted due to tidal wave danger. Sugar used to be the main export, now its orchids, macadamia nuts, and Kona coffee.

Approximate running time: 24 minutes

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