Our Big Island Adventure: Final Days

It was difficult to believe that our 10 day adventure, around the Big Island, would come to a close in just over 24 hours.  From tropical rain forests to active volcanoes, we had experienced more of Magical Mother Earth than ever imaginable.

Our second to last destination was to visit Lapakahi State Historical Park, located in North Kohala. This area was discovered by settlers more than 700 years ago.  The Koai’e Cove was not only a safe place to land canoes, but a peaceful place to call home, for the rolling hills sheltered the cove from the strong Kohala wind. The sea was rich in food and the soil nurtured crops, such as taro, and sweet potatoes.  Because of this, the village prospered for hundreds of years!

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To the left, is the reconstructed house site of Historic Hale, built with a bamboo frame and pili grass thatching. This home was occupied until the early 1900s.
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Salt Making was very important to the villagers.  Water was poured into hollowed out stone and the sun evaporated the water, thus leaving salt crystals.  Salt was used to preserve fish and season food.
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Villagers launched and landed their canoes at Koai’e Cove.
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My friend Ku’ula…  This beautiful stone is the home to the fishing god.  Villagers gave a portion of their catch to Ku’ula and in return received fish in abundance.
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Bananas!
After exploring the village, it was once again time to make our way to the Northern tip of the Big Island.  We were about to explore our final destination, Waipi’o Valley…

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We parked our car and I was immediately greeted by this sweet beauty!  What a love.  One of the things I missed most during this trip was the interaction with animals. It was so nice to have a few moments of animal therapy, with this island beauty.  If only I could have put him in my pocket and brought him back to the farm…
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A gorgeous view!  What a beautiful final destination to explore. If only we had more time to hike this area…
The air was filled with mist on our drive back to Hilo.  This was no surprise, considering rain falls in Hilo 278 days of the year. We did not mind the weather, for this mist brought us the gift of many rainbows, during our final drive.

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A rainbow through the clouds
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I took over 1500 photographs on our 10 day adventure, but for some reason, this image is one of my most favorites…
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A Full Rainbow
The Big Island of Hawaii is truly a magical place. It has been an absolute delight to share Our Big Island Adventure!  As wonderful as it is to return home, I do believe it is always time for another adventure!  Get out there and explore!

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A view from the clouds…

Until then…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

Be the Change: Take 2

I would like to send hugs and gratitude to you all, for such kind and positive feedback about the Growing Self Blogger Award! Once again, I love that there are so many amazing individuals, in the WordPress community, that are willing to extend kindness and support through the award nomination process. I am filled with JOY when I have made an impact on someone’s life through my words, photography or by just being ME. With that said, I would like to share round 2 of my nominations… Continue reading “Be the Change: Take 2”

Liebster Award

A great big thank you goes out to Jay!  I truly believe that he has found a way to clone himself through all of his readings!  It is the only reasonable explanation for how he is able to find time, in a 24 hour period, to read such a wide variety of books and eloquently write about them.   Head over to is site and get lost in some amazing reading and writing!   http://thisismytruthnow.com Continue reading “Liebster Award”

Our Big Island Adventure: Part VII

I was still floating on cloud 9 after spending time with the sea turtles and having my toes covered in warmth from the Punalu’u Black Sand Beach.  I had a feeling that moment in time would be etched in my memory for all of eternity.  As we continued on our way to the West coast of the Big Island, we once again noticed the vastly changing landscape. From volcanoes to tropical forests to beautiful beaches, the Big Island seemed to have it all! Continue reading “Our Big Island Adventure: Part VII”

Grocery Store Etiquette

I have so enjoyed sharing my Big Island Adventure Series with everyone, but after a little trip this morning, I felt the need to share an entirely different type of adventure…the grocery store!  By doing so, Wifey might be saved from my 50,000 word chatter about this experience, when she arrives home this evening! Continue reading “Grocery Store Etiquette”

Our Big Island Adventure: Part VI

As sad as we were to say goodbye to the Volcanoes National Park, it was time to continue our 10 day journey around the island.   Once again, after driving less than 30 miles, the scenery began to change.  To this day, I am astounded by the idea of barren rock and devastation one minute and then lush green forests the next.   We were heading South, to the southern tip of the big island.  The first thing that caught my eye were the trees! Continue reading “Our Big Island Adventure: Part VI”

Mystery Blogger Award

Wow!  I feel truly blessed by the numerous award nominations I have received, over the past week.   I am so excited to be nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award! ♥  I would love to thank the hilarious, creative, folk music loving (just kidding) “MainePaperPusher” for nominating me! 😜  If you have not visited her blog, I recommend you check it out!  She is hilarious, kind and has the best stories to share!  I so enjoy her blogging adventures! They bring me daily joy and laughter!  http://mainepaperpusher.wordpress.com Continue reading “Mystery Blogger Award”

Be the Change…

I love that there are so many amazing individuals, in the WordPress community, that are willing to extend kindness and support through the award nomination process. I am filled with JOY when I have made an impact on someone’s life through my words, photography or by just being ME. With that said, I have taken a leap of faith and created a new award. (Can you do that? Sure…why not!) Continue reading “Be the Change…”