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”
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”
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.