It has been almost 7 months since we returned from our 10 day adventure on the Big Island of Hawaii! I am still talking about it, thinking about it, and reliving it through the 1500+ photographs I took, while exploring this breathtaking island. It was an adventure of a lifetime!
Hilo has about 43,000 residents and is called “the rainy old Hilo”, receiving approximately 278 days of rain per year. This area is known for its shipping and fishing industry.
Hilo is known for its extensive Farmers’ Market, held every Wednesday and Saturday! We were in luck! This multilingual, open-air marketplace was delightful! Farmers sold exotic produce and fresh flowers from all areas of the big island! We purchased our lunch and snacks for the day and were back in the car to continue our exploration!
Our next destination was the Tropical Botanical Garden. On our way, we decided to venture off the Hawai’i Belt Road and explore the 4 mile scenic detour that plunged into tropical growth, crossed water fed streams and was shaded by palms, draped in massive vines. Wifey always likes to take the road less traveled! I knew it was time to hang on!! Throughout this stunning 4 mile drive, we saw mango, banana and hala trees. Halfway along this breathtaking and hilly drive, at the Onomea Bay, was a beautiful botanical garden! We were HOME!
After spending the afternoon in this magical place, we knew it was time to head back to the car and continue on our adventure. During our walk back, through the winding trails, this adorable kitten came out of no where and right to Wifey. This did not surprise me one bit, for Wifey is a cat magnet! This apricot laced kitten was the sweetest little bug ever! If we could have brought her back to the farm, we would have. Feral cats are a huge problem on the Big Island. Wifey is shy and does not appreciate having her photo taken, but did not mind posing for this shot!
“Savor Life and All Its Magic” ~Author Unknown
Watch for Part II of our Big Island Adventure! You won’t want to miss the Lava trees, the Puna District and the haunted Mackenzie State Park!
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