This is not exactly what you think of as a beach. It’s not sandy. It is giant rocks, rough water and a lot of wind. There were ruins. Continue reading
On the Big Island, we stayed at Paniolo Greens. It is on Waikoloa Road. This was the most comfortable place we stayed on our honeymoon. The sheets were good. Honestly, as long as it is clean, the air conditioner works and the sheets are good, I am happy. Paniolo Greens ticked all the boxes and then some.
The first day there was a reception with entertainment and Hula lessons. Continue reading
We drove down highway 270, the Akoni Pule Highway to the very end where there is a parking area for Pololu Valley. It is a very narrow canyon that is unbelievably lush and tropical. You could look down to an incredible black sand beach. Continue reading
There are two petroglyph preserves very near the resort we were staying at. The Waikoloa Petroglyph Reserve is supposed to have some of the best preserved petroglyphs. It is just as you are driving in to the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Continue reading
On our second day we decided to just drive around. Our resort was in the middle of the Parker Ranch. We drove to the shore and headed north, exploring. After we explored a lava boulder beach, Mahukona Beach Park, and looked at ruins. We had lunch in Kapaʻau, at the north tip of the Big Island. This is where King Kamehameha I was born. Continue reading
On the way back from Pololu Valley, we saw this incredible rainbow across the desert. It traveled with us all the way back to the resort. We stopped and took a million photos of it (which all look pretty much the same). Continue reading
The Jaggar Museum is only two and a half miles past Kīlauea Visitor Center, but the landscape changes dramatically. We had driven through beautiful, paradise rain forest, then suddenly you are in the Kaū Desert Wilderness.
The Jaggar Museum is right next to the Volcano Observatory. The museum is open to the public, the observatory isn’t. Continue reading
Kailua or Kailua-Kona is a city on the Big Island. People call it Kona. This is where the airport is.
The city is on the slope of Hualālai volcano along the shoreline of Kailua Bay. In 2006, Kailua-Kona was near the epicenter of the Kiholo Bay earthquake.
Kailua-Kona was the capital of King Kamehameha I before he moved to Honolulu. You can see the Royal fishponds at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park. Continue reading
Volcanic steam vents are just to the left of the Kīlauea Visitor Center.
When rain or ground water seeps into the ground, the hot volcanic rocks heat it into steam.
The ground here is so hot, anything that needs deep roots can’t survive. Only grass and other plants with shallow roots can live here.
There are steam vents all over the park and they can badly hurt you. This is why you really should stay on the trails. Continue reading
We drove through a beautiful, paradise rain forest to the Kīlauea Visitor Center. This is a great place to plan your visit to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. You can also find out where you can safely view the volcanoes both inside and outside the park.
Kileauea Visitor Center
The visitor center presents an informative overview of the environmental, historical, and cultural features of the park. Exhibits give information about island formation, ecosystems, invasive species , and resource protection. A 25-minute film about geology and volcanism, “Born of Fire, Born of Sea”, is shown throughout the day, Trail and lava viewing conditions can change rapidly so check with the park rangers at the center for the latest information. Overnight visitors must register here and permits are issued on a first-come basis.
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