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North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Hilo October 29th 2018

Dateline: October 29, 2018 Hilo, Hawaii Lava, Macadamia Nuts and Black Sand After 4 ½ days at sea, we have sighted land! It’s 75 degrees with a heavy mist rain as we dock in Hilo on the big island of Hawaii. This is the only Hawaiian Island where we will take an organized tour. We are interested in seeing what has happened because of the recent volcanic eruptions. The lava flows stopped about 2 months ago but decimated a number of small towns and neighborhoods as it flowed to the sea. At one point, several months ago, the lava was flowing at 24 miles per hour, continuously, for two months and created 800 new acres of land. We get out our cruise cards and ID and head down the gangway to line up with our tour ... read more
Rainbow Falls
Banyon Tree Japanese Gardens
Rebirth from the Lava

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Hilo June 20th 2018

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North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Hilo November 9th 2017

Trying to take it easy on the Guinea Pigs by combining two days into one post (actually just unable to figure it out yesterday). So, we have a trip to the northeast of the Island on Wednesday returning via saddle road followed by a looong day on Thursday. The second day involved a tour to the southwest and south of the Island to see a black sand beach and the resident volcano. BTW, L&G how are your son and BB progressing with hosting the SEC Championship Party?... read more
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North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Hilo October 9th 2017

Day 8 We were up early again as we were headed to Maui and it was a 2 hour drive to the airport. A quick brekky of Spam again and we left our treehouse sanctuary behind. We only wanted the one quick stop on the way which was at Rainbow Falls. A 24 ft waterfall flowing over a lava cave that when the sun hit it created rainbows.. magical!! Kym saw some people on the rocks above the falls and wanted to get closer. So in my thongs I climbed over rocks that had water flowing next to them to get to the falls for that perfect picture. It was spectacular to see so close. Our next part of the journey wasn't so good. We thought we had enough fuel to get us to the next ... read more
Look at the rainbow inbetween us
Climbing the rocks to get this picture
Keg party

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Hilo October 8th 2017

Day 7 Serenaded by the sounds of nature.. rain on the roof, coqui frogs, crickets and bird noises were heard all throughout the night. There was one bird that had a call that just didn't stop and felt like it was right outside our window. At first it was cute by 3am I had reached for the earplugs and was like 'fuck this nature shit' (Sorry mum..i can't control what my thoughts think 😯) When I got up though the view of our little rainforest from our window greeted us and I was all back into my happy hippie self. We embraced our inner hippy completely that morning, bathing in rainwater and running naked through our private forest ... its what you do isn't it? 😉 (sorry kids/fam) A breakfast of Spam, yes Spam in a ... read more
On top of a rock in the crater
Back out the other side of the crater
Sea Arch

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Hilo April 18th 2017

Hilo 29th March Hilo The Big Island, Hawaii - where there are two active volcanoes and Captain Cook was killed in Kealakekua Bay in 1779. Other interesting facts about the island is that it has 13 major climatic zones from tropical rain forests to snow capped mountains and the ukulele is a favourite musical instrument (bizarre)!!! Hilo is the capital and gateway to the Hawaiin Volcanoes National Park. The park was created a World Heritage Site in 1987 and has two active volcanoes. Maunganui Loa (13677 ft) and Kilauea (4078 ft), the latter being the more active and volatile. Kilauea has been erupting continuously since for the last 20 years and lava buried the village of Kalapana in 1990, the crater is called ' The House of Everlasting Fire'. We took a Highlights tour to give ... read more
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North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Hilo February 8th 2017

Been awhile since Court and I have been abroad. So our time was due. We agreed upon Hawaii months ago, mainly for the long list of landscapes, fantastic natural sights and pleasant weather. I purposely will not use the word vacation at any point of this blog as a lot of this trip never felt vacation-like. The travels began by sitting in an Air Canada plane on the tarmac for an hour only to be delivered back to the terminal. A 7 hour wait, rerouted to Toronto then arriving in Vancouver 30 minutes after our original Honolulu flight departed. 23 and 1/2 hours later in Vancouver (we did get a hotel) we boarded our flight to Honolulu. Arrived around 11 pm local time and spent a few hours at the airport as our flight to the ... read more
Loved the Aloha State plates
A surfer at Isaac Hale Beach Park
Isaac Hale Beach Park

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Hilo December 22nd 2015

We spent the next 3 days on the island of Hawaii, i.e. the Big Island. The north-east side, near Hilo town and the Volcano National Park, is just amazing. Lots of greenery, beautiful flowers, trees, birds, waterfalls and of course, the active volcanoes. Not to miss when in Hawaii!... read more
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King Kamehameha in Hilo
Near Hilo

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Hilo December 6th 2015

ZIPLINES, VOLCANOES, HELICOPTERS & AN EARLY START 4:45am the alarm goes off.. no it wasn't an alarm, it was Grant - GET UP, we've got to GO.. my least favourite alarm!! We drove to the nearest big resort to be picked up by James from Kapohokine Adventures for the "big day" of our holiday - the rest is R&R (baby).. A 2 hour drive and we were at Hilo on the other side of the Island. Again, (as the three boys slept!) I was amazed at the change of scenery from Kona to Hilo.. At peak we were over 2000m above sea level.. Blondie here said - is that just low lying cloud in front of us, as the sun was rising.. "no, that's not low lying, we are at 6600ft (2000m+).. Ahhh... OK.. We arrived ... read more
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North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Hilo December 5th 2015

Aloha, Our first stop was the Island of Hawai'i. It was formed many centuries ago by volcanic eruption. This is the largest land mass on earth that was created by a volcano. It is said that when the Goddess Pele is angered, a volcano erupts. The island sinks about three inches per year because of the weight of the lava. So much of the island is vast expanses of grey, however vegetation grows back quickly--the 100 plus inches of rainfall each year makes that possible. The Island of Hawai'i boasts eleven of the thirteen weather systems from snow on mountain tops to rain forests. The only two missing are full Saharan and Arctic. Sugar cane was the main crop for many years, but now they grow only enough for their own use. The Dole plant closed ... read more
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