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- The Big Island has an area of 4,028 square miles.
- The Big Island is larger than all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined.
- There are said to be 13 climatic regions on the earth: the Big Island has all but two, the Arctic and the Saharan.
- The Big Island is the largest island in the United States.
- The Big Island is made up of 5 volcanoes: Kohala, Mauna Kea, Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea.
- The largest contiguous ranch in the United States is on the Big Island. The Parker Ranch has about 480,000   acres of land.
- The Big Island is home to the southern-most point in the United States, Ka Lae (South Point).
- The wind blows east to west at a constant 27 knots per hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at South Point.
- The Big Island is the youngest of the Hawaiian Islands.
- The Big Island has 266 miles of coastline.
- Kilauea is the world's most active volcano.
- The Big Island is home to the world's largest telescope and has more scientific observatories in one place than   any other place in the world.
- Mauna Kea is the world's tallest island mountain, at about 32,000 feet (from the sea floor).
- The Big Island is the world leader in macadamia nuts and orchid harvesting.
- The Big Island was the first of the Hawaiian islands to be discovered by Polynesians.
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