ALOHA 2017 travel blog

Our next island to visit will be in Hawaii the big Island....

We're staying in a condo at the Kona Bali Kai resort. It...

Bali Kai's pool and hot tub.

Having wine, cheese and crackers at Bali Kai's beach while waiting for...

And here comes the sunset.

Cathy saw this huge turtle laying out on our resort Beach.

On a Sunday we went to Kona's Old Town and found that...

We came to this church that was the oldest Christian church in...

Cathy even found a bracelet made of lava rock which was quite...

The product sold at the booths were quite varied from one another...

Kona has many restaurants and shopping centers and this is just one...

They also have nice places to relax and have a treat.

Later in the day happy hour is always a fun activity. This...

A beautiful lawn on Kona's Bay.

We enjoyed the day at our resort speech and so we thought...

Waiting in the Kona Bali Kai's lobby for our volcano tour to...

So our 12 hour tour with Kapoho Kine Tours begins.

Our first stop is to Mauka Meadows coffee plantation where they make...

The drive through the plantation was quite beautiful.

A young coffee orchard.

Look in the other direction of the young coffer Orchard.

The coffee beans on The Big Island will have to be picked...

On our way to lunch at the coffee plantation.

Enjoying our tuna salad overlooking the coffee field and ocean.

Enjoying our coffee tasting during our coffee presentation.

A view of the coffee tasting area with this reflecting pond.

A view of the bay from the coffee tasting area. There is...

The two buildings that show how the beans are cleaned and roasted.

The roast in oven where they cook the beans for 14 minutes...

Our next stop was Naalehu, The most southern city in the USA.

The old theater in Maalrhu and the post office where we were...

There was a small farmers market in Naalehu which was very nice.

Do United Methodist Church was most likely the most southern church in...

In there and there was Punalu'u Bakery. The smell inside was just...

Next we are on our way to the black features. The scenery...

There were some trees at the time growing out of the lava...

Amazing lava formations.

A distant view of the Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park.

The Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park was amazing. The black lava sand...

A memorial to the sea turtles.

Speaking of turtles. The park attendant said that this is the most...

The lava sand has so much metal in it that it will...

Our first picture taken on a black beach.

Our last stop of the day was the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Our first stop was at the Kilauea Iki Crater. It erutted in...

Kilauea Iki Crater viewing area.

Closer view shows the smoke in the distance which is from the...

There are people hiking in the Crater but there almost impossible to...

Our next stop is the Thurston Lava Tube. Before entering the lava...

We had to the sand about 20 feet before reaching the opening...

This volcano erupted it between 350 to 500 years ago. It's amazing...

Our tour director was explaining the different types of vegetation.

The opening of the Thurston Lava Tube.

The fact that 2200° Lava formed this was quite amazing.

Looking back at the lava tube opening.

The walls were very damp inside and you could even see some...

The lava tube hike used to be longer but there was a...

We are now walking above the lava tube.

What 350 to 500 years of vegetation growth looks like.

Before seeing the volcano at twilight and dark we would go to...

Our hosts greeted us and explained the evening activities.

Before dinner a little tour and then a lot of wine tasting.

After dinner Craig warm clothes hands while drinking his wine. The temperature...

Before heading to the volcano we stop at a steam vent. It...

The Kilauea Volcano viewing from the visitors center.

They won't let you get closer due to the extreme heat and...

The creator can easily be seen.

What an amazing view.

As evening came the viewing became even more brilliant.

The glow was even reflected in the clouds.

We rented a 125 Honda for a couple days to explore the...

This horse Road was constructed back in the 1700s. It went from...

This walking trail went across lava tubes and ended up at the...

A partially collapsed lava tube.

One time a number of Hawaiian families live inside this collapsed lava...

Kalahuipuaa Fish Pond. The water is brackish and was beneficial in farming...

On our way back to the bike we saw this brown lava...

Information about the Pu'ukohola Heiau Temple.

The Pu'ukohola Heiau (Temple).

The wall of the Mailekini Heiau (Temple).

On our way back to our cycle. What a great view.

On our way back to our cycle we also noticed the snow...

We stopped in Hawi for coffee. Something we do often!

There are many shops that were quite quaint.

No shops looked better than the coffee shop!

Cathy needed more time to get them all justice.

Time to go look for the Pololu Vally Trail.

They say the Pololu Vally Trail takes about 25 minute hike down...

With news like this it may take longer.

Not the easiest trail to hike.

A couple slips here and there but no falls.

Wow, what a view!

The views just keep getting better.

Sbout halfway to the bottom.

No maintenance on this trail!

With you so beautiful it's hard to keep your mind on the...

The rocks were tough enough but the Pineneedles really made it slippery.

We hope we're almost there.

Almost to the bottom.

That view is just amazing!

The views were well worth the hike.

There are many beautiful round lava stones which demanded some rock hunt...

The ride had many different views.

These trees lined the road for several miles. People told us that...

We climb to about 3500 feet during the ride back. Needless to...

When we reach Kona we had to pull over so we would...

We took the motorcycle self today to do a little more exploring....

On the sides of the walls were also paid it mirrors that...

The church cemetery was above ground like many in Hawaii. This is...

Our main destination was the Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Park.

This area was both a temple and a refuge site. If people...

This presentation focus on walking us through the park in explaining the...

This trees fruit helped cure different illnesses. It smelled like Sharp Blue...

Hey hot for people people that were ill.

This depression or bowl that they created in the lava were used...

This depression was created when the lava formed over a palm tree.

This was a game that the Hawaiians played by the common people...

The Royal Fish Ponds.

The GreatWwall is 18 foot wide and 12 foot high and defined...

This Heiau what's a royal Mazza Liam house in bones of 23...

These wooden images are ki'i representing Hawaiian Gods.

Reconstruction of temple buildings.

A dug out canoe.

Other reconstructed tools, etc.

Later in the day we went in to Kona to do a...

The Hulihe'e palace.

This restaurant was known for its great sandwiches. We liked the view...

There are many Plumeria plants that we pass on our walk into...

Celebrating the completion of our 11th year of retirement at Kona Canoe...

Starting our hike down the Ka'awlda Trail. It's almost 2 miles and...

The trail started out fairly smooth with us walking through a pasture.

At several points they were beautiful tree blossoms.

A beautiful natural arbor.

As we progress the truck at steeper and more rugged.

The lava rock also became less covered as we hiked on the...

We had to keep our eyes on the trail frequently because of...

Beautiful view of the ocean and the lava fields.

The lava rock looks so unfriendly to us.

We think we're getting close!

The end of our hike.

Apparently this is where they took Cook's remains to the ocean for...

The snorkeling at the memorial was amazing. Cathy and I enjoyed the...

Enjoying Mai Tai's on our last day in Kona Hawaii. We leave...


Our plane arrived at around 5:00PM and reached our condo about aun hour later. After settling in we took a gass of wine to our deck and talked about our plans for Hawaii, The Big Island!

On our last night in Kona we enjoyed happy hour on the beach and talked about our times here. The hustle and bustle of Kona was a welcome change from Princeville . (We enjoyed the tropical feel of Princeville but were ready for more restaurants etc.) Best of all, our condo was about two miles from town, so we could retreat and relax at the end of the day.

Two highlights of our time in Kona were visiting the volcano and renting the Honda. We joined a bus tour to Volcano National Park, stopping on the way at a coffee farm, black sand beach with twenty turtles, the southernmost spot in the U.S., Thurston Lava Tube, a winery and to see the still active Kilauea Volcano. It seemed unbelievable that we were seeing lava which had flowed from this spot for centuries.

The Honda we took north, stopping along Queen Ka'ahumanu highway to see fish ponds, lava tubes, temples, and ancient paths through the lava fields. At Hawi, at the northernmost tip of the Big Island, we fueled with local coffee and drove to the end of the road where we took a steep hike down to the ocean. It was spectacular!

Almost every restaurant had a "happy hour" and we enjoyed five of them! We also had "poke", a traditional Hawaiian fish dish for dinner one night.

Hiking and beaches occupied the rest of our time. The hiking was rugged, and beaches were lined with lava rock, but both were very enjoyable. We are especially enjoyed our two mile hike to the Captain Cook Memorial. It travel to times to farm fields and had beautiful views of the ocean. At the end there was offshore snorkeling which provided beautiful us with beautiful views of coral and many different colorful fish.

We will remember these adventures along with quiet nights sipping wine and reading on the waters edge



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