Hawaii Island is the youngest but the biggest island of the Hawaiian Archipelago, and is therefore know as the “Big Island.” With less than six days, we managed to drive all the way around it after arriving on the Kona side and leaving from the Hilo side. We barely managed to experienced a little bit […]
Big Island – Day 5 – Part 4 (Volcano Park part 3 of 3) We spent the day driving down Chain of Craters Road to kill time because we wanted to stay at the Volcano Park after dark to go to the Jaggar Museum Lookout after dark. The Jaggar Museum is a small single building museum […]
Big Island – Day 5 – Part 3 (Volcano Park part 2 of 3) Driving down the the Chain of Craters Road was not really on our original plan, but we had time to kill at the Hawaii Volcano Park. The Chain of Craters Road was highly recommended by the rangers at the Visitors Center. […]
Having been in Hawaii for almost two weeks, it’s inevitable to hear about volcanoes everywhere you go. From Diamond Head in Oahu to Mauna Kea on the Big Island just the previous day. We’ve learned quite a bit about volcanoes and seen several dormant volcanoes but Volcano Park is a little different; this is where […]
The Akaka Falls State Park is pretty much another big garden with two waterfalls. Akaka Falls really is the main thing to see in their 65.4 acre park. It is either $5/car or $1/person if you walked there. There is someone at the park entrance watching and making sure you pay.
Mauna Kea is an old dormant volcano that is about 4,205 m (13,796 ft) high above sea level, and that is the highest point in Hawaii. Anyone and any car can make their way to the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station but you can’t go beyond that point unless you have a four-wheel drive (if you’re counting, this is the third place on the island that has driving restrictions).
Big Island – Day 4 – Part 2 Someone told me it was the Grand Canyon of Hawaii and worth a look. Waipi’o Valley is about one mile across and over five miles deep, and surrounded by cliffs up to 2000 feet high. The valley is a beautiful lush green and is considered to be […]
Big Island – Day 4 – Part 1 We started the day by heading back onto the Onomea Scenic Drive to go to the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and then grabbed lunch at What’s Shakin’ a food stand located at the north end of the Onomea Scenic Drive. We drove through the Onomea Scenic Drive the […]
South Point (Ka Lae in Hawaii) is the southernmost point of the Big Island and in the United States. The area is registered as a National Historic Landmark District under the name South Point Complex. It is known for its strong ocean currents and winds, and I guess that makes the area perfect for a wind farm.
Big Island – Day 3 After attending my cousins wedding the previous night, we got up slowly and prepared for a long day. We checked out of our condo to head to the apartment we rented via VRBO.com on the Hilo side of the island in Honomu near Akaka Falls. It would be a 1.5 hour drive […]