Island of Hawai‘i - General Info
Island Location / Extents
- global location: (19.5N, -155.5W)
- island extents are roughly 130 x 150 km
- extent points according to Tiger Map Server:
|(E) Kapoho: Lat: 19.5187798 Lon:
||(W) Keahole: Lat: 19.7306709
|(S) Ka Lae: Lat: 18.9136925 Lon:
||(N) 'Upolu: Lat: 20.2712955 Lon:
- Extents: W-E -156.064270 -154.8093872 diff: 1.254883
Extents: S-N 18.9136925 20.2712955 diff: 1.357603
- extents in minutes: W-E: -156° 3' 51" to -154° 48.5'
extents in minutes: S-N: 18° 54.8' to 20° 16.3'
- land area 10,458 km2 - another figure is 10,433 km2
(~4035 sq. mi.)
- coastline: 428 km, tidal coastline: 504 km
- unfortunately, the island straddles a UTM boundary: the western tip is
in zone 4, the rest of the island in zone 5
- The County of Hawai‘i site
has a Land
Use Pattern Allocation Guide Map. Bitmap scans only.
- urban (high, medium low), industrial, agriculture
(intensive/extensive), orchards, resorts, open areas, conservation,
urban expansion, university use
- is this data available in any GIS format? sent question to county
webmaster, no response
- Geography Department
at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
- Real Estate
- Although the Kauaian Institue has some glossy maps available for
other islands, there appears to be no public information about where the
Big Island ahupua'a were.
- In theory, it might be possible to dig the records out of the
Boundary Commision records, available at
- Kealakehe school in Kona,
Sept. 2006: "We have incorporated GPS and GIS into our Career and Training
Education curriculum which focuses on teaching skills that students can use
to get jobs," said Larry Rice, a Career and Training instructor. Part of
NOAA CSC B-WET program. Rice, L.
327-4300 ext. 230
Some interesting geographic features
- "The world's tallest mountain measured from its submarine base (3,280
fathoms) in the Hawaiian Trough to peak is Mauna Kea with a combined height
of 10205 meters, of which 4205 meters are above sea level."
- Lake Waiau, at 3968 meters elevation, 2 acres in size, 10 feet deep, is
the highest lake in the State and third highest in the United States.
- the island has 4 Miles of sea cliffs with heights 1,000 ft. or more