I have a wonderful husband! Knowing that I have always wanted to visit Hawaii, he took me there this year! Not only that, but he made it possible to spend two wonderful weeks there instead of one by getting up in the middle of the night to work from there for the second week. I can’t express enough how much that meant to me.
Anyways, here is an overview of our trip to Hawaii. The state of Hawaii is made up of a number of islands in the Pacific Ocean. The main islands are: Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kaua’i, Moloka’i, and Lana’i. We visited Hawaii (the Big Island) and Oahu.
After a very long day of travel, we arrived at our first destination – Hilo, Hawaii, on the Big Island.
The next day, we went on the Evening Volcano Explorer tour with KapohoKine Adventures. It included many sights in and out of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Seeing the volcano was the one thing that my husband, Randy, really wanted to do while visiting Hawaii. I’m so glad he insisted on it as it was a highlight of our trip.
Walking across lava rock to get to the beach/ocean.
Visiting the Painted Church
Interesting fact: Wear the flower over your left ear if you are taken, over the right ear if you are available.
Walking through Thurston Lava Tube
A lava tube is a natural tunnel within a solidified lava flow, formerly occupied by flowing molten lava.
Steam Bluffs and Sulfur Banks
Viewing the volcano after dark at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park observatory
The following day, we did some sightseeing around the Hilo area.
Rainbow Falls, Hilo, Hawaii
Scenic sights in the Hilo area
This was only the first couple of days of our trip. I will cover the rest of the trip in several separate posts to come. Stay tuned.
Interesting update (5/8/18): Approximately 5 weeks after visiting the volcano, on May 3rd, the Kilauea volcano erupted spurting lava near the island’s eastern edge; the eruption was preceded by hundreds of earthquakes. This was followed by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake on May 4th. It also opened fissures inside Leilani Estates, sending lava into residential areas and forcing evacuations. Looking at google maps, this is approximately 40-45 minutes south of Hilo. For more information about this eruption, click the volcano link above or google Hawaii eruption 2018.