The Big Island of Hawaii was our first stop on our recent adventure. And yes, this is where the volcano, Kilauea, has erupted and is currently in the news! We’re so fortunate to have been able to see some of this area before it erupted. We took an excursion that included several stops around the east side of the island, and while on it, we learned much about this island. This Big Island of Hawaii is actually the youngest of all the Hawaiian Islands. It’s usually referred to as “the Big Island of Hawaii”, but the name of this island is just “Hawaii’.
Advice from a volcano…Stay active, Keep your inner fire burning, It’s OK to let off steam, Go with the flow, Be uplifting, It’s all a matter of time, Have a blast ~Ilan Shamir
We’re finally on our way to the Hawaiian Islands and just passing under the Golden Gate Bridge.
Taking a look back at the bridge.
Coming into Hilo, Hawaii.
LAVA TREE STATE PARK
Our first stop is at Lava Tree State Park, which is right by the Leilani Estates where many fissures have now opened up with lava. We went through areas where many people lived off the grid, primarily because they couldn’t get insurance here. The Big Island has zones going from 1-9, with 1 being the most likely to sustain damage from a volcano and therefore, no insurance! The area around here was filled with foliage and very tropical and beautiful.
Looking down into a narrow and deep crevice at the park.
So what is a lava tree?
VOLCANICALLY HEATED POOL
This thermo heated pool is at Ahalanui County Beach Park and is right next to the ocean.
RIDING ALONG THE SHORELINE
I was fortunate to capture this one wave.
HARDENED LAVA FIELDS
As much as I tried, I couldn’t see the flowing lava in the background, but supposedly it’s there. BTW, Mr. Cottage referred to the hardened lava as cold lava, HA HA!
SOMEWHERE ALONG THE COAST
I know I showed this photo before, but we had to walk quite a distance over the hardened lava to get to the black sand beach. The driver handed out these cut dowels for us to use as walking sticks, considering the ground was very uneven.
This was along the path.
This was the last stop and it was just starting to sprinkle. If the sun had been shining, we would have seen a rainbow.
VIEWS FROM THE SHIP AS WE LEFT HILO, HAWAII
Can you imagine living in any of these houses and having a view of the Pacific and surrounded by paradise? After I share the other islands, I’ll tell you which island or islands I would love to return to, as well as tell you more about our 15 night cruise to the Hawaiian Islands and our three day stay in San Francisco.
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