ALOHA 2017 travel blog

We left for Hilo at 6:30 AM so Cathy took a quick...

Hilo, the second biggest city in all Hawaii after Honolulu.

Our hotel is behind this amazing banyan tree. It was planted back...

A view from our balcony of a cruise ship in Reeds Bay.

Our hotels pool on Reeds Bay.

Cathy had read that Babe Ruth and planted one of the Banyan...

While walking into town one day we saw these canoes. A canoeist...

More canoe clubs.

These guys were getting ready for a canoe race. Quite impressive.

Some canoers racing already.

And then there were some canoers that were in training.

The old town of Hilo is situated on the ocean shore and...

There are many different types of shops that would interest most everyone.

Women love shopping!

A very interesting and unique antique shop. Many things that we haven't...

The second floor of the building on the right is a hostile.

This is the Lyman Mission house. It was built in the 1830s...

The beautiful mural on this building caught our eye.

What a great and unusual drive-in restaurant.

A couple interesting old stores as we walk through town.

This 120+ year old Banyan tree is the largest we've seen. It's...

Cathy's looking at Coconut Island or Moku Zola. Moku means Island &...

We went to investigate this island and found that was the site...

Kids were jumping off the ancient structure that is behind Craig.

There were several small beaches with showers and restrooms as well as...

We enjoyed the Liliuokalani Gardens which was a beautiful Japanese garden.

There were many ponds and several unique bridges.

Cathy looking through one of the Japanese sculptures.

One of Craig's favorite trees is the one with red blossoms just...

These palm trees amazed us in that they were growing quite well...

Boys love climbing trees no matter how old they are!

This is the Pineapples Restaurant. They say it's one of the best...

We had to be sure that what they were saying was true.

When we were walking into town we passed these live aboards. Some...

We walked 4 miles from our hotel to the Rainbow Falls. It...

When there has been heavy rain the waterfall could be up to...

They called it Rainbow Falls because when it's sunny there is frequently...

We took a short hike to the top of the falls which...

These two banyan trees are actually connected. There were some children actually...

A big pile of lava rock is in Cathy's way.

The follage around us is quite impressive.

These leaves are about 2 foot in length.

The waterfall is just beyond where the kids are sitting on the...

Looking back up the river. It's interesting that the lava rock here...

Lunchtime!

We took this road to get to the Hot Springs in Isaac...

Many times it was like riding in a tunnel of trees.

The road had many sharp curves and is quite narrow at times.

The road along the ocean was just beautiful

When the road was close to the ocean the views were so...

Cathy found this coconut that had started to grow. We had to...

While driving we saw this above ground cemetery. It was just so...

It was a very long beautiful road.

Isaac Hale Beach Park where there are many boaters and surfers. The...

Just to the right of the boat ramp is the beginning of...

The trail follows the bay for a short distance.

The trail is well worn but the lava rock is still sharp.

There was no one around to take our picture so we had...

Craig had a hard time getting back in time due to the...

When we left Isaac Park we tried a different road. We didn't...

This food truck has a great plate lunch. Several places provide them...

We drove into Kalapana Village to rent our bikes. However we actually...

It ended up being an unusual kind of place so a little...

This area is basically where the lava stopped flowing any further to...

There was a short walk to the beach which had some interesting...

The lava rock and lava sand were very interesting.

Knowing that the lava made this new beach since 1990 was amazing.

One of our most thrilling adventure's here was bicycling and then hiking...

Now we need to find a couple of bikes that have really...

And we're off•••••••with thoughts of hoping to return!

Nothing on this sign was particularly reassuring!

We came across this home after a short distance of biking. People...

The lava is so shiny because it's so new and not weathered.

In back of Craig is where the volcano crater is located.

Biking on the loose lava gravel is a little tough at times.

Cathy is quite excited to start the hike on the active volcano....

Starting our trek to find some hot lava. Usually it's hot java!

We are amazed by all the different patterns in the lava.

The walking is very uneven with no specific path anywhere.

It's amazing how much heat comes up from these crevices.

This is an opening into a lava tube and the heat is...

In back of Cathy is where the lava is flowing into the...

You have to be very careful where you walking if you only...

Cathy had to take this picture very quickly because it was too...

And this area was just too hot to even try to get...

More lava patterns that are just amazing.

The edges of these crevices are razor sharp so you have to...

The lava flowing into the ocean.

The lava looks even more red as it begins to get darker...

The lava smoke appears to have a very frightening face within it....

The redness of the lava is so intense. It continues to make...

This close-up is just amazing!

Pahoa is a small little town close to the Hawaiian Volcano Nationald...

Most of the buildings are quite old and yet COOL.

Just gonna walk around for a while.

There's actually a gentleman that is a cross long guard for this...

There's enough stores here to at least spend most of the day...

We found a cute little sidewalk café that serves a great beverage...

A very cool restaurant with great food.

While we were eating a man was playing classical guitar that had...

Our visit to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm was wonderful in...

Aside from giving us free samples this person also explain how they...

This part of the factory covered the nuts with chocolate.

And this section of the factory put them a nice boxes where...

The plantation had about 25,000 macadamia nut trees.

They harvest the nuts after they have fallen on the ground and...

This was a park that was a couple of miles away from...

Surprisingly they surf here even though there is sharp lava rock all...

We drove north 45 miles to Waipio Valley. It's an amazing valley...

To begin we had a short walk to the Waipio Lookout.

From here we hiked down 1,000 feet for a view of the...

Waipio Vally

The views as we hiked down were so green and lush.

A beautiful tropical forest.

It doesn't look like it but the hike was extremely steep.

The closer we get to the river the more level it became.

The water doesn't look it but it's crystal clear.

There are many waterfalls but many are covered by foliage.

Our first view of the 1,450 foot Hi'ilawe Falls.

Nothing like hiking in a tropical rain forest.

But the forest is quite amazing!

We didn't know that the Hi'ilawe Falls were on private property and...

So we decided to hike to the Waipio Valley black sand beach...

We were surprised to see the signs regarding the burial sites.

On a clear day we would've been able to see Kahuna Falls...

The sand was just like Lake Michigan sand and texture but just...

The Akaka State Park has two beautiful Falls next to each other....

It started to sprinkle when we got there but stopped in a...

The setting and the two falls were just beautiful!


We traveled to Hilo from Kona on the Hele-on Bus system. It was a three hour ride but we enjoyed the views. When we arrive in Hilo we had breakfast and then checked into our room at the Hilo Reeds Bay Resort.



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