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!

These trees had so much character that I wanted them to open their eyes and carry on a conversation with me! 

Many locals had recommended that we stop at the local Punalu’u bakery, on our way through.  Known for its sweetbread, this bakery was more than worth the time! As you can see, we ordered just a few naughty treats!   I quickly announced that this was going to be a “no calorie” day!  There is nothing  quite like a guava jam puffy doughnut!

At this point, we were part human and part doughnut!  It was time to escape this Heaven on Earth and continue our Big Island Adventure…

Our next stop was one I had been waiting for…The Punalu’u Black Sand Beach.  Although the thought of black sand between my toes was delightful, that was not the reason I was bubbling with excitement…


The Park Entrance


Warm black sand between our toes!

Considered a gem of the South coast, the Punalu’u Beach Park is popular for not only the sand and coconut trees, but the chance to observe sea turtles!!  I was determined to see them, even if it took all day! Luckily for us, it only took a few short moments…I was in love!

The beautiful black sand beach
3 sea turtles taking in the sun’s warmth!
The beauty of these amazing creatures brought tears to my eyes…

I could have sat with these wise creatures for hours.  Once again, finding words to describe how I felt at this moment was, and still is, very difficult.  The rest of the day would be a travel day, other than a stop in Kona so Wifey could purchase some Kona coffee! This was probably a good thing, for what could possibly top sea turtles!!??

Don’t miss Our Big Island Adventure: Part VII, as we make our way up the West coast of the Big Island and visit the royal grounds of Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Park, where the important aspects of traditional Hawaiian life are preserved.

“Happiness is planning an adventure with someone you love!”

Love yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…



24 thoughts on “Our Big Island Adventure: Part VI

  1. Your pictures are always so amazing. You really inspire me to get behind the camera and capture the beauty that is around me that I sometimes take for granted. As always, thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I have always enjoyed taking pictures! I remember sitting out in the garden as a child, with the camera, waiting for bumblebees to land on the zinnias. The photos were always blurry because I was too close! ☺️

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  2. Fantastic post Roda, those turtles are just out of this world!!! It’s amazing that they haven’t evolved darker shells though, they really stand out on the black sand. Of course, I’m assuming all the beaches on the island have volcanics as their source rock.

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      1. That sounds glorious, it makes me wonder what the underlying geology is to create the green sand. The white sand will no doubt be made up of millions of shell fragments. No wonder the turtles are the colour that they are!! 🙂

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      2. Wow!!! Thank’s for that, and make the most of seeing that green colour, olivine is quite unstable in geological terms of time, I’m guessing it’s quite rare to get a beach composed of predominantly olivine!! It will weather out to clays and iron oxides, which obviously aren’t half as pretty.

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