Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center
Hawaii Island (The Big Island)
The Island of Hawaii, also called the "Big Island" or Hawaii Island is a volcanic island (the eastern-most and southern-most in the Hawaiian archipelago) in the North Pacific Ocean. Approximately 500,000 years old, with an area of 4,028 square miles (10,432 km2) it is larger than all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined and is the largest island in the United States. PIERC partnership with Department of Interior includes research at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, and the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge.