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

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”

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”

Our Big Island Adventure: Part V

Once again, we were up with the chickens and ready for a long day of exploration!  We started our day’s adventure exploring steam vents.  I have to admit, it was a bit of an odd feeling watching steam pour out of Mother Earth’s cracks and crevasses.  And by the way, that steam gave off some heat! Continue reading “Our Big Island Adventure: Part V”

Our Big Island Adventure: Part IV

After our long bike trip to view and explore the volcano, we were ready to see some green again! Exhausted and hungry, we checked into our home for the next three days: The Volcano House Lodge, located right in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The Volcano House Lodge was constructed in 1846.  It was rebuilt in 1941, after it burnt to the ground.  It represents decades of visitations to this culturally sacred site known as Ka’auea, on the edge of the Kilauea Crater.  The nightly glow of bubbling and spattering lava was just incredible! Continue reading “Our Big Island Adventure: Part IV”

Our Big Island Adventure: Part III

After exploring the haunted MacKenzie State Park, we were extremely content to continue on our way down Kaimu-Kapoho Rd.   We were very excited to head South, for we knew what was waiting for us at the end of this winding stretch of road…an active volcano! Before long, the road ended, due to past lava flows, in the small town of Kaimu.  This town was completely destroyed and buried, by an eruptive flow of lava, in 1990. It is known for its black sand beach, which has been restored since the flow.  Locals and visitors continue to bring sprouted coconuts to restore the lost trees.

From this point, we took the fork in the road, which led us to a large parking lot filled with bike rentals.  We were at the East entrance of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park …our adventure was about to become a bit heated, to say the least! Continue reading “Our Big Island Adventure: Part III”

Our Big Island Adventure: Part II

On day three, we were up with the chickens and ready for some exploration!  We said goodbye to Hilo and made our way south to the Puna District.   Our first stop was the Lava Tree State Park.  We almost missed it, for this little, wooden sign was the only marker at the entrance.

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Our Big Island Adventure: Part 1

​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!  Continue reading “Our Big Island Adventure: Part 1”