Hilo, family visit and the volcanoes...

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March 29th 2009
Published: April 1st 2009
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Hilo, the true Hawaii...

Hilo is 2 hours drive on the other side from the Kona Coast. There is not a single top-resort, it rains here more than
anywhere else in Hawaii, and most of the tourists are day-trippers from the Kona Coast.

So why do we spend so many days here? Well, thanks to Marty, Chris and their two daughters, we are going to discover
the true Hawaii. Marty is one of Ma'ri sisters, so this is also for me my first family visit. Guys you are great,
we had an amazing time with you and hope to see you again very soon. Thanks for your warm welcome and to have make us
discover your little corner of paradise.

As I say Hilo is more rainy than Kona, but this also mean much greener. Over these few days, a lot of activities.
We visited the zoo, the macadamian factory of Mauna Loa, the beachs and their turtles, the waterfalls of Akaka , the
little town of Pakoa, the farmer's market of Hilo, and the crater of Kilauea. We also play 3 times golf...and what a
joy to play a course called Volcano Golf and Country Club....even if I had some holes the feeling that we were closer to Scotland
than Hawaii!

But the highlight, beside a great family time, were the volcanoes, the lava...and yes, the red lava going straight
into the ocean!

I also finally learnt why my orchids don't last so long in Shanghai. Hopefully now that I know what to do...or more
important, what to look for, we are going to enjoy a lot more orchids at home!

Back in Shanghai, preparing for our next adventure...you won't have to wait too long...

With love...and don't forget to have fun...even more important in these stressful times...

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2nd April 2009

great visit
Great pictures from a very nice visit. We really enjoyed having you here and hope this will be repeated so we can discover new sites on unique Big island. Love from all of us, Marti

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