|View from dinner|
We also drove to the other side of the island (Hilo) to explore the wet and very lush side. I have to say, this part of the island was absolutely stunning, although I did get brutally attacked by mosquitos. We did hiking, saw a beautiful botanical garden and some amazing waterfalls.
|How awesome is all that bamboo behind us?!|
only is “The Valley of the Kings” an important site for Hawaiian
history and culture, it’s also a place of dramatic tropical beauty.
deep, and surrounded by cliffs up to 2000-feet high. Waipio Valley was
once the home of thousands of Native Hawaiians. Today, there are less
than 100 residents living amongst the waterfalls, taro fields and rivers
permeating the valley.
|Waipio Valley was absolutely breathtaking|
on earth. The Park encompasses 333,000 acres from the summit of Maunaloa to the sea. There is 150 miles of hiking trails, deserts and rainforests as well as a museum, petroglyphs, a walk-in lava tube (which was amazing) and two active volcanoes: Maunaloa, which last
erupted in 1984 and Kilauea which has been erupting since 1983.
per day, enough to resurface a 20-mile-long, two-lane road daily. Since 1994, 491 acres of new land have been created on Hawaii Island. We visited the museum, listened to a park ranger give us some history, visited the crater and drove down to the bottom of the volcano to watch Kilauea’s lava flows meet the sea (which was unbelievable). Let me tell you–it was COLD and WINDY!! Once it got dark, we were told if we were still at the park to go back to the crater and see the sight at night time. The red lava color was so amazing I still can’t believe we were that close to all this! Anyone who goes the the Big Island- this is a MUST.
|Crater at Night|
|At the bottom of the volcano|
the planet. At the top of Mauna Kea (an inactive volacno), rising 13,796 feet above sea
level, 13 telescopes representing 11 countries are watching the heavens
and making discoveries beyond our imaginations. Mauna Kea is the world’s tallest
mountain as measured from its base, deep in the Pacific Ocean, to its
My brother came up with the plan to do a guided stargazing tour & treated us all to it (I know, pretty awesome right?). Here, on the tallest mountain in the world, we were treated to an amazing show. We had a guided tour where we were provided with dinner, parkas, access to the mountain summit, history and a view through telescopes. At this elevation, and
because of the clear air and minimal light pollution, the stars
light the sky like glitter. The sunset above the clouds was absolutely
spectacular. After the sunset, we were taken down the mountain halfway to a stargazing viewpoint where we had the opportunity to look through telescopes pointed at various objects in the sky including clusters, stars, galaxies and planets. I actually got to see Saturn and all of its rings! So awesome!! Photo’s don’t even do this amazing experience justice.