Once you decide to vacation in Hawaii, you may have to choose which one of the many islands to stay on. The Big Island is the youngest of all the islands in Hawaii. Kilauea Volcano is still active increasing the land mass of this island. The Big Island offers many different environments for vacationers to experience. Lush tropical rain forests ring the edges of snow capped mountains while the Kau Desert in Volcano National Park remains due to the northeast trade winds the keep this desert lifeless. The black sand beach of Punalu’u is one of the rarest natural wonders and a must see for any traveler.Waipio Valley, nestled along the northeastern coast is referred to as the “Valley of Kings” by the locals. Modern highways span most of this area providing visitors with the ability to tour the area at a leisurely pace. Hiking trails and horseback riding trails are interspersed along the one mile long, five mile wide area.