A recent news article on Realtor.com looked at America’s Top Green Cities for Nature Lovers. In the article, the writers attempted to identify the top cities based on several criteria including parks, air quality, home and community gardens, farmers markets and farm-to-table restaurants.
As a result, and not too surprising, Honolulu came in at 2nd place on this list. But Honolulu isn’t the only population center in Hawaii and, for many reasons including exorbitant real estate cost and congested highways, many people are abandoning Hawaii’s largest city and discovering smaller green cities on the neighbor islands.
Enter Hawaii Island.
Bigger than Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Lanai and Molokai combined, the Big Island of Hawaii lives up to its name and offers up some serious elbow room. And, with median residential prices on Oahu topping $715,000, Hawaii Island’s $375,000 median residential price is very alluring.
Two main cities anchor opposing sides of the Big Island. Hilo on the windward (east) side and Kailua-Kona on the leeward (west) side. The year-to-date median residential price for Hilo is $336,500 and in Kona it is $587,050.
Fun outdoor activities for nature lovers are never far away on the Big Island. Of the 8 National Parks currently open to the public in the State of Hawaii, 5 are found right here on the Big Island. Hawaii Island is also home to countless State parks and State recreation areas, not to mention historic sites, monuments, county parks, various gardens and botanical gardens, and, of course, our many beach parks with sands in white, black, green and red.
Hawaii Island is also known has Hawaii’s breadbasket. The island’s many climate zones, rich volcanic soils and vast space supply fresh produce across the islands and have helped begin what has become known as Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Besides produce, Hawaii Island also produces grass-fed beef and lamb to stores and restaurants across the state. You will also find well over 20 regular weekly or daily farmers markets across Hawaii Island.
Explore our Communities pages to begin exploring all that Hawaii Island has to offer and find your own special piece to call home here.