Travel Adventures – Hawaii, The Big Island

This summer we were able to get away from our scorching desert heat and fly away to Kona.  We’ve been there before, some 3-4 years ago and enjoyed it so much we had to come back to explore more.

  • Where we stayed.

We stayed at this cute, little eco-cottage, tucked in lush greenery that had privacy and the comfort of two bedrooms, a kitchen, a cool glass shower-bathroom (yes you can see outside) and an outdoor shower that we all had to try (it had a lot of privacy).  It was close to the southern tip of the island, about 1hr or so drive from Kona.  At night we’d hear the sounds of coqui frogs and birds and other nightly creatures.

Hawaii - The Big Island

Hawaii - The Big Island

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  • What we did.

Well we couldn’t visit Volcano National Park because the volcano has been active for the last few months.  But there was a part of the park with a different entry that you could visit and it was free.

Hawaii - The Big Island

Hawaii - The Big Island

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We hiked 3 miles (each way) to a green sand beach.  The kids hated us, but they forgot all about it once we arrived at our destination.  There were pick-up trucks offering a ride in the back, where about 10 other passenger stand on the truck bed, for $20 a person.  But we were cheap and walked.

Hawaii - The Big Island

Hawaii - The Big Island

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We went inside lava tubes-tunnels.  I’ve never experienced claustrophobia before and this was IT.   There were two tunnels and the one less ventured is the one we took.  You had to crawl for a few steps and then you find yourself in total darkness.   My chest tightened.  I was trying to stay calm and breathe.  The flashlight of our cell phone couldn’t really light up a whole lot but enough to see a few steps ahead.  The walls were wet, and black and gray.  We never found out how far the tunnel went.  At some point I didn’t really want to know how deep it went.  I wanted out.  I could easily feel vertigo if I turned my flash light off (I did not dare try).

Hawaii - The Big Island

Hawaii - The Big Island

Hawaii - The Big Island

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We went to a black sand beach and saw turtles.  This beach is easily accessible and you don’t need to hike for 3 miles like the hike to the green sand beach.   The turtles were sleeping but we stayed long enough to see them walk into the ocean making a track in the send behind them.  On the other side of the beach was a large pond, resembling something from a Monet’s impressionist painting.

Hawaii - The Big Island

Hawaii - The Big Island

Hawaii - The Big Island

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Rainbow waterfall in near Hilo and it has the most giant tree I’ve ever seen in my life.  The waterfall is beautiful, but the tree is AMAZING.

Hawaii - The Big Island

Hawaii - The Big Island

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We went to Puuhonua O Honaunau Historic National Park.  Puuhonua was a place of refuge.  In the past if you committed a crime in Hawaii, and crime could be eating a forbidden food, the punishment was death, unless you reached the nearest puuhonua – a place of refuge, then you are safe.

There were many carved wooden images, and lots of lava……kind of desolate, and beautiful….really a place of refuge.

Hawaii - The Big Island

Hawaii - The Big Island

Hawaii - The Big Island

Hawaii - The Big Island

Hawaii - The Big Island

There were so many beautiful sights, bare nature, animals, chickens running around, goats, horses….too many beautiful things to describe and capture.  Enjoy a few more photos below!

Hawaii - The Big Island

Hawaii - The Big Island

Hawaii - The Big Island

Hawaii - The Big Island

Orchids

Hawaii - The Big Island

How was your summer?  It took me so long to put this post together that for us it’s almost time to go back to school (well the kids).  They have one week left.  But we had lots of fun at the pool, the library, local day trips, sleepovers, movies (we saw The Incredibles and The Ant Man and the Wasp), karate class, gymnastics…..

xoxo,

Vesna

 

 

4 thoughts on “Travel Adventures – Hawaii, The Big Island

  1. Your trip looks amazing. I’d love to see Hawaii some time. It’s such a different landscape. I’d have freaked out in this tubes too.

    We are just back from a two week road trip that saw us drive from Pennsylvania to Eastern Wyoming and back via the Dakotas and other Plains states. I’d never visited that region before so that was cool. Not as exotic as Hawaii though!

    1. I’d love to do a two week road trip anywhere. Most of our outings are short 5 days max. This was short too 4 days, but enough for adventure. Hawaii is exotic. We’ve only been on the Big Island and I don’t think I want to go to any other, they seem more commercialized and that’s the last thing I want. But the Big Island feels fresh, and pure although there is little areas of chain hotels but not a whole huge beachfront.

      1. We are fortunate in that, as an educator, my summers are flexible and my husband gets decent leave entitlement because he works for an international company.

        I have a friend who lives on Maui so it would be cool to spend some time there as well as the big island – but it may be some years off before I make it to Hawaii.

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