The island of Hawai'i, or the Big Island, is a scientific marvel; it contains eleven out of thirteen microclimates on earth, all within a landmass which you can drive from coast-to-coast in only 3 hours. Though it is not without quintessential Hawaiian forests and beaches, hardened lava sheathes most of the island. It is difficult to forget that you are travelling above five volcanoes as you explore the terrain. The tallest volcano of Hawai'i is Mauna Kea. Standing almost 14,000 feet high, and in the most remote place on earth, the volcano is a premier location for space observation. It hosts over a dozen observatories managed by organizations like NASA, and even Subaru.