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 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 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”

A Little Heat!

  Danger! Weekly Photo Challenge

I am not a risk taker.  I prefer to keep my feet firmly planted on Mother Earth.  When I contemplate the Weekly Photo Challenge topic DANGER, two thoughts come to mind…

  • Pumpkin, our deadly barn cat
  • A live volcano, pouring hot lava into the ocean, on the Big Island of Hawaii

Although it is an extremely difficult decision, I think I will start with the lessor of the two evils: The Volcano! (Watch for an upcoming post about the killer cat!) Continue reading “A Little Heat!”

The Versatile Blogger Award!

I am touched and excited to be nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award!  I would love to thank the creative and talented Cherylene for nominating me! If you have not visited her blog, I recommend you check it out. She is truly inspirational!  https://www.livingvsexisting.com/

What is the Versatile Blogger Award?

Bloggers nominate other bloggers who they believe deserve recognition for their high quality standard of writing, uniqueness of content, passion and love displayed throughout the site and to top it off, amazing photos! Continue reading “The Versatile Blogger Award!”

Fruit Tree Blossom Tour

There is nothing more exciting than rows of fruit trees, loaded with beautiful blossoms, in the Spring.  Yesterday, Wifey and I took our daily walk about, through the gardens, to see what was in bloom.  This always takes much more time than necessary, due to the amount of photographs I must take!  I never tire of fruit tree blossoms.  I hope you enjoy this little blossom tour, from our gardens…

“Life without Love is like a Tree without Blossoms or Fruit”

~Khalil Gibra

Continue reading “Fruit Tree Blossom Tour”

Dense: A View From the Big Island

The Weekly Photo Challenge: Dense

A View From the Big Island

When I read the word “Dense” for this week’s photo challenge, I knew the exact series of images I wanted to incorporate.   There is nothing like a magical hike, through the forests of The Big Island of Hawaii, to truly experience the word “Dense”.  Enjoy the Journey…

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Ferns & Palms
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A Tree of Lace
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Horizontal Growth
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Dense Blooms
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Reaching Roots
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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
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A Multitude of Foliage

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda