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Dec 2, 2011 - Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Rain, rain and more rain! That's what's been happening today (Friday). Actually it didn't start until mid morning so we were able to get in a short walk on the roads here in Hawaiian Acres before it started. Since then, it's been a great day to stay tucked inside, reading and listening to the rain on the roof and now, after dark, the coqui frogs singing. Even though the sun was shining, it was a cold and WINDY day on Monday, when we decided to visit the Big Island's most popular attraction..... Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, where you...

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Dec 1, 2011 - Orchid Gardens

Yay!!!!! Three days in a row of absolutely perfect Hawaiian weather! These are the kinds of days people come to Hawaii for! I'm getting behind on my travel blogs.... Daily blogs worked okay when it was Doug & I doing it together.... when he did the writing & I did the photos. I'm finding it hard to do both. I admire those of you who do it and faithfully keep up with it every day. We had major touristing and photo days on Monday and Tuesday... Volcanoes National Park and the Hamakua Coast. Since it's taking me awhile to get through all the...

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Nov 29, 2011 - Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

Saturday night, Carolyn and I, along with Carolyn's friend, Carol, went to a concert at Kileau Theater in the Volcanoes National Park. The musicians were The Brothers Cazimera, a very popular Hawaiian duo, along with 3 lovely Hula dancers. The concert was great! The weather was freezing at this 4000 foot elevation!!!!! Because the theater building does not have heat (which is typical in Hawaii) we were even VERY cold inside! However, we enjoyed the concert in spite of our frosty toes! Another of the Big Island's "not to be missed"...

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Nov 26, 2011 - Hilo beaches

We had a wonderful Hawaiian Thanksgiving with all the usual American traditional food.... turkey, dressing, vegetables, salads and 3 desserts. Very yummy! Two friends who live in this area joined us. Although we had planned to have dinner on the lanai, the not unexpected shower (what the weatherman calls "splashes) forced us to eat inside. I have so much to be grateful for!!!!! Yesterday(Friday) Carolyn and I avoided all the shopping areas and instead did a tour of some of the beach areas around Hilo. First on the agenda was a scenic drive...

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Nov 24, 2011 - A Hilo Day

Wednesday was a day of touristing around Hilo for Carolyn and me. Hilo (the closest city to us) is an interesting town with a mix of the old and new Hawaii. We drove through neighborhoods of beautiful homes with lush tropical landscaping mixed in with older wooden houses with rusty corrugated roofs. Hilo is often called the authentic part of the island, with significantly more residents than tourists. The population is a mix of Hawaiians, Haoles (us), and descendents of the contracted work force brought in to work in the sugar cane fields...

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Nov 23, 2011 - Part 2

These are the remaining photos from the previous blog. Yesterday was pretty much a rest day after our touring on Monday. We did manage to get in a morning walk here in the neighborhood which is called Hawaiian Acres. I've added a few pictures from our walk. The remainder of the day was a combination of showers (which the weatherman calls "splashes") and bits of sunshine.

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Nov 22, 2011 - A Coastal Paradise

Plan A for yesterday was to visit Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. However, when we got up in the morning, we saw that the forecast was for lots of showers. Since the park is at 4,000 feet (which means colder temperatures), we decided we would be very uncomfortable hiking around in the rain and wind. Instead we went for Plan B. It looked like we might be able to dodge showers if we explored the Pacific Coast south and east of Pahoa along what is locally called "The Red Road". The road's name came from the original pavement which was red...

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Nov 20, 2011 - Rain, rain, go away!!!!!

Rain, rain, go away..... JoAnn wants to play! Is there anyone out there who would like to send us some sunshine???? In the past few days an optimistic guess would be that we've had a total of 2 hours of sunshine. It's not like it rains all the time..... We'll have a 2 minute shower, then a speck of blue sky might appear to tease us, then another shower. This has been going on for days and days! It's not that rain is unusual here. Hilo, which is about a half hour drive from us, is considered the wettest city in the U.S. The average rainfall...

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Nov 16, 2011 - An introduction to Madame Pele

"Kokee...Kokeee... I'm listening to the predominant night sound here in rural Hawaii. It is the sound of the tiny, quarter-size Coqui frogs which are considered a pest to local crops and to natives who tire of their loud, shrill all night song. Right now a soft rain is falling, encouraging them to increase the volume of their symphony. To me, it is welcome music! This morning I awoke to the morning sounds of the crowing roosters.... just in time to witness the gorgeous sunrise from the deck outside my room. Can you guess that I might be...

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Nov 15, 2011 - Aloha

Yesterday was a day of rushing around & waiting in airports, plus one short flight & 2 long ones.... gratefully all uneventful. Since it was dark when I arrived last night, I could hardly wait for the dawn this morning so I could get a peek at my surroundings! The sights that awaited my vision were definitely in the "wow" status! Today was a day of resting & settling into the lovely home of my wonderful hosts, Carolyn, Tara and Shaun. They are located in a very beautiful rural area outside of Hilo.... no other houses are visible from their...

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Apr 15, 2011 - HAWAII - Insel BIG ISLAND: Hilo & Umgebung

Hilo selbst ist ein guter Ausgangspunkt fuer die ostliche vulkanische Haelfte von Big Island. Aber sonst wirklich nichts Schoenes. Auch im Paradies gibt`s eine leider doch nicht unwesentliche Gemeinde, armer Randstaendiger. Es wird in Trailerparks, am Strand, hinter unsrem B & B in rostigen Pick-Ups, oder eben auf der Strasse gewohnt, sehr schade. Hilo hat auch 1 sehr interessant gestaltetes Pacific tsunami Museum. Aus gutem Grund. Die Stadt wurde schon mehrmals, im Abstand von wenigen jahrzehnten, immer wieder von tsunamis heimgesucht und...

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Jan 19, 2011 - Land Ho - Hilo, Hawaii

Uhhhh what is that snow doing here? Having never been to Hawaii I never expected to see snow. Where are the coconut trees? My first glimpse from our balcony at 7:00am - Mauna Kea, 25 miles from us, shows that snow does exist in Hawaii. This volcanic mountain, one of 5 on the "big" island (also known as the volcanic island)has a height of 13,700' and today shows snow down to 8,000'. I am thrilled to have snapped this photo as we never saw Mauna Kea again even though the photo is not that great! Cloudy all day, darn. Our excursion today takes...

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