A Week on the Big Island


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Published: April 2nd 2012EDIT THIS ENTRY

On Sunday, March 25, Tom and I took a short flight from Honolulu to Kona on "the Big Island" of Hawaii. Our first impression upon arrival was that we were landing on the moon! This is because the airport is built on a huge field of lava that gives it a bare, moon-like, appearance. We discovered that Hawaii is an island of 5 volcanoes, 3 of them now extinct. Kilauea is still very active, and becaus... Read Full Entry



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Beach 69Beach 69
Beach 69

up the coast from Kailua Kona. Just one of the beaches we discovered as we started our 2-day car tour of the island
Pu'ukohola National SitePu'ukohola National Site
Pu'ukohola National Site

north of Beach 69
remains of an heiauremains of an heiau
remains of an heiau

at Pu'ukohola. An "heiau" was a temple where Hawaiian priests performed ceremonies in ancient times.
Mauna Kea from a distanceMauna Kea from a distance
Mauna Kea from a distance

After leaving the west coast, we crossed over to the east coast of the Island, visiting the town of Waimea on the way. Waimea is at the heart of the Parker (cattle) Ranch. It's where many of the astronomers and employees the Mauna Kea observatory live with their families.
entrance to Hawaiian Preparatory Academyentrance to Hawaiian Preparatory Academy
entrance to Hawaiian Preparatory Academy

an academic private school in Waimea that has a substantial international population
page from the bookpage from the book
page from the book

snow-covered Mauna Kea taken from the Parker Ranch a century ago
Botanical gardens in HiloBotanical gardens in Hilo
Botanical gardens in Hilo

After Honolulu, Hilo is the second largest city in the Hawaiian Islands. Located on the eastern, "wet side" of the Big Island, it has world-famous botanical gardens.
Kilauea CalderaKilauea Caldera
Kilauea Caldera

This is the summit crater of the volcano taken from the viewing area of the Jaggar Museum
Punalu'u State ParkPunalu'u State Park
Punalu'u State Park

Southeast coast going towards South Point. It has the largest black-sand beach on the island.
Punaluu's black sand beachPunaluu's black sand beach
Punaluu's black sand beach

created by molten lava exploding on contact with the sea
sea turtlessea turtles
sea turtles

Punalu'u is famous for its hawksbill turtles
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National ParkPu'uhonua o Honaunau National Park
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Park

On the west coast, south of Kona. This is "a city of refuge", where criminals or those who'd committed infractions against "kapu" (taboos) could flee to in order to be saved from execution.
interior ofSt. Benedict's Painted Churchinterior ofSt. Benedict's Painted Church
interior ofSt. Benedict's Painted Church

a combination of medieval European and native Hawaiian art. Decorated in the early 1900's by a Belgian priest.



2nd April 2012

Quelles belles vacances !
3rd April 2012

Enjoying your travels!
Very much enjoying your travels with Tom in Hawaii! The photos and commentary make it very interesting—you do a great job.. I have an idea for you to maybe market your travel blogs...a long shot but nevertheless let's talk when you get back to CA. Any plans to come to Boston?
4th April 2012

A little matter
Hi Hilary. Do you know why they are called coffee berries and not beans? Looks idyllic. Hugs, Peter

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