Description - The state parks commission maintains 14 properties on Hawaii that lie in all regions of the island. The sites protect properties of natural, historical and cultural significance.
- The natural and cultural wonders of Hawaii's state parks abound. The sites preserve waterfalls, beaches, native plants, historic trails, religious sites and many other natural and man-made features.
Recreation - These state parks were created for historical interpretation and recreation. Opportunities abound with each site. Water sports dominate the attractions at many of the state parks, but viewing scenery, picnicking, camping, photography and hiking are available at many sites, too.
Climate - The island of Hawaii, like the others in the chain, has a windward and leeward climate. The windward (eastern) side of the island receives a lot of moisture. Hilo's monthly averages are above 8 inches. Winter and spring months receive the most moisture, but count on rain if you're traveling in this region. The leeward side can be almost desert like. The mountains are so large on Hawaii, that they trap the moisture on the windward side. Most of the days are sunny on the western coast of Hawaii and hence the tourists flock to this region.
Temperatures on the island of Hawaii are moderate with year round averages near 74 degrees F. The temperatures differ more with elevation than the seasons. Winter clothing such as gloves, hats and layered clothing is necessary if camping in any of the high elevation campgrounds on the island.
The State Parks on the Big Island are scattered throughout the island. See the individual park descriptions for locations.