The Scientific Approach

Marty Wentzel Science blends with adventure to shed a new light on Big Island activities. Most people know that Hawaii’s Big Island boasts beautiful beaches and volcanoes. Now the Big Island Visitors Bureau is pitching the destination courtesy of a somewhat unexpected new tool: science. The

By: Marty Wentzel

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Science blends with adventure
to shed a new light on
Big Island activities.
Most people know that Hawaii’s Big Island boasts beautiful beaches and volcanoes. Now the Big Island Visitors Bureau is pitching the destination courtesy of a somewhat unexpected new tool: science.

The marketing organization has released a guide devoted to natural science adventures on the Big Island. Describing the destination as one of the world’s most fascinating outdoor classrooms, “Science and Adventure on Hawaii’s Big Island” invites clients to experience what it calls a “living laboratory of scientific phenomena.”

“The Island of Hawaii really is a science paradise,” said Big Island Visitors Bureau executive director George Applegate. “We believe this adventure guide opens up an entirely new, educational and exciting experience for visitors.”

During a trip to the 4,000-square-mile Big Island, clients can see firsthand two of the world’s tallest volcanoes (Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa), one of the planet’s most continuously active volcanoes (Kilauea) and 11 of the world’s 13 main climate zones.

“[Science tourism] highlights the world-class research in the state and showcases the islands’ precious environment and natural resources,” Applegate said. “It gives visitors another way to experience all that our islands have to offer.”

Big Island visitors with a keen interest in nature have opportunities to spot endemic bird species and diverse marine life, explore coral reef ecosystems and hike through rainforests. The island is a hot spot for astronomy, boasting the world’s largest and most powerful telescopes atop 13,796-foot Mauna Kea. And, it lays claim to research and demonstration projects in renewable energy, cold-water aquaculture, volcanology and ocean and environmental sciences.

The 24-page all-color guide is divided into six areas of interest: volcanoes and volcanology, geography/biology/natural history, oceanography/marine science, astronomy, aquaculture/agriculture and renewable energy resources. Each section describes a variety of visitor-friendly scientific outings, including natural sites, research facilities, museums, informational centers and tours. With the guide, travel agents can help clients plan adventures like visits to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Imiloa Astronomy Center, Ellison Onizuka Space Center, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden and Hawaii Gateway Energy Center.

CONTACT

Big Island Visitors Bureau
808-961-5797
www.bigisland.org/activities-learning

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