Week 21May 24, 2017
Hawaii Tropical Botanical GardenMay 26, 2017
Shortly after our first visit to Hawaii in 2014 the Kīlauea Volcano started to become more active, figures. We really wanted to so some lava flow, so we started to plan a second trip. This year we decided to make a second trip back to Hawaii, hoping this time to see some new land being made.
Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
The Big Island is such a beautiful place with really nice people so we couldn't resist another visit. This time our trip got off to a rough start, all of our flights were delayed and we had to run from one gate to the next and then my bags showed up 2 days after we did. We were in paradise so we weren't going to let that slow us down, doing a little laundry in the hotel room sink wasn't to hard. We spent our first days wondering around Kona, revisiting some of the great places we saw last trip. We went back to some of our favorite restaurants and bars remembering why we enjoyed the area so much. One thing that remained the same was the people, everyone is so pleasant in Hawaii it makes it a place well worth visiting.
We also visited some new spots such as Keahole Point and we did a hike down to Pololū Valley, places where we ran out of time on our last trip.
We spent 10 days on the Big Island and spent most of our time in Hilo so we could visit Volcanos National Park
We visited all of the national parks on the Big Island just as we did last visit but the favorite stop was Volcanoes National Park, there is just only a few places on this earth were you can see new land being made.
Check out my photos below of some of our stops.
Keahole Point, located just southwest of the Kona Airport. Most of the land was formed in 1801 by the Huʻehuʻe lava flow from Hualālai. This flow extended the shoreline out an estimated 1 mile.
Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau is where Hawaiians that broke a kapu (law) fled to avoid punishment. Warriors that were defeated during battle also sought refuge here. The park contains numerous archaeological sites: from temple platforms and royal fishponds to the “Hale o Keawe”, a reconstructed Hawaiian temple.
Pu`ukoholā Heiau, meaning “Temple on the Hill of the Whale” was the result, probably on the site of an older temple from about 1580. It was built entirely by hand with no mortar, in less than a year. The red stones were transported by a human chain about 14 miles long, from Pololū Valley to the East. Construction was supervised by Kamehameha’s brother Keliʻimaikaʻi, involving thousands of people.
Pololū Valley is a valley that is deeply cut in the side of Kohala Mountain.
Kohala Mountain Road, Route 250
Mauna Kea Observatories is an astronomical research facilities and large telescope observatories that are located at the summit of Mauna Kea.
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a spectacular rain forest preserve which is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful areas in Hawaii.
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park contains two active volcanoes, Kīlauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world’s most massive shield volcano.
Lava Viewing Area, Kalapana, lava flow from Kilauea Volcano that has been erupting continuously since 1983
Rainbow Falls, Hilo, an 80-foot drop and is known for the rainbows that are formed in the surrounding mist.
Ka Lae, also known as South Point, is the southernmost point of the Big Island of Hawaii and of the 50 United States.
During World War II, the US Air Force built a landing strip called Morse Field on the point. After the war the airfield was closed in 1953. In 1961 it was on the list of final sites to be considered by NASA to launch manned rockets to space, but was considered too remote.