"The Big Island of Hawaii - the island that lends its name to the entire 1,500-mile-long Hawaiian archipelago - is where Mother Nature pulled out all the stops. Simply put,it's spectacular.
The Big Island has it all; fiery volcanoes and sparkling waterfalls, black-lava deserts and snow-capped mountain peaks, tropical rain-forests and alpine meadows, a glacial lake and miles of golden, black and even green-sand beaches. A 50-mile drive will take you from snowy winter to sultry summer, passing through spring or fall along the way. The island looks like the inside of abarbecue pit on one side and a lush jungle on the other." - Jeanette Foster for Frommer's Taravel Guide
Our first trip to this Big Island of Hawaii was March of '09 and the description above is wonderfully accurate. And Yes, for us, the Big Island was indeed spectacular!