Big Island Trip



Kailua-Kona, Big Island, Hawaii


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Hawaiian Hamburger



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Lava Tube with a handsome little hairy guide.  😉  We just happened upon this in the backyard of one of the coffee mills.



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Hobbit House b&b near South Coast.  It was beautiful but terribly hot and humid with no fans (they live off the grid…so minimum electricity).



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South Coast was amazing. and yes, the water (and the sky) was that blue.  I saw a couple different pods of dolphins.



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Pretty much the only restaurant down by Hobbit House, so we got to know them pretty well.



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Another lava tube cave by the side of the road.




We were hiking in the volcano area when I looked down and saw 2 different shoes on Tracy’s feet.  He’s definitely not a morning person.




an ancient eruption hole.




madame pele herself.  a lot of people love the volcano…I was more interested in the rainforest.



Volcano Rainforest Retreat – AMAZING!




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Go to the lookout at night.




It’s hard to capture the grandeur of these trees.  This is in Hilo.




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Found at a local farmers market for $10.




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Rainbow Falls.  Be sure to go to the left after you go up the stairs.  The coolest trees are in that forest.




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You could go into the heart of this tree.  It was super creepy but also amazing.  I felt like I was inside of a living being.  I came out and the tears started welling up from the sheer energy emanating from that space.




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This kid almost fell to his death trying to get a selfie in front of the falls.



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These blacker than black lava tubes were scary and cool too.  definitely gets your heart beating faster.  bring a STRONG flashlight.




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The walk to Akama Falls



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This was the old highway up near Waimea and was one of the coolest places on the island.  We found a cave that was 2-1/2 miles long.



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up the road from the cave.  no one around for miles.




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Oh yah…I went in that deep black hole!  About 100 feet in.  Then I turned off the flashlight and sat there while Tracy was fiddling with his cameras at the truck.




This place (mauna lani) was beautiful but felt flat.  However, the snorkeling down the beach (about a 10 minute walk) was very good.  Tracy saw a 6″ moray eel and followed it for awhile.




This is a beach at the North end of the island.  Forceful and a place of energy.




couldn’t resist picking up the fallen blossoms each morning off the sidewalk and scenting the car.




Huggo’s at sunset in Kona.





Tracy rarely finds things he likes but he loved this hand carved octopus, made from a vintage walrus tusk.





This tree that sits in the middle of downtown Kona was awe-inspiring in person.

Final pieces of advice if you go:

-We spent 2 nights in Kona, 3 nights at south coast, 2 nights in volcano, 2 nights in Hilo, 3 nights close to waimea, and 2 nights back in kona.  It was perfect.

-Make sure to drive Saddle Road (from hilo to waimea).  Other worldly.

About the Author:
Me? I am mad about creating on the pages of my journal, I believe in following your passions, I spend time in the company of trees, I love my man, boast about our 2 grown daughters, and sing when no one is around. I drive fast cars too. Read More


  1. Kay Mallery
    November 06, 2014

    WONDERFUL photos! I have never been there, thank you for sharing.

  2. Pat Crossland
    November 07, 2014

    Teesha, Don’t normally comment on albums but these photos are amazing and makes me want to visit (doubt I ever will tho’)….A trip of a lifetime??

    • teesha
      November 09, 2014

      you know…I decided a few years ago that I was done traveling. But then all of a sudden I had this desire to go to hawaii. I kept trying to ignore it, but it kept gnawing at me. Things (opportunities) kept coming up and finally one day I just went for it. I had no idea which island but the Big Island was calling my name on an intuitive level. It truly WAS amazing. I say…try to find a way to go if you keep thinking about it.

  3. Gail Klein
    November 07, 2014

    What a amazing photos of one of the most beautiful places in this country! We went to Hawaii on our honeymoon 37 years ago and will never forget the beautiful surroundings of nature!

  4. Jackie P Neal
    November 07, 2014

    OMGosh Teesha!!
    I had No idea Hawaii was this beautiful and breathtaking!! I have always seen the pictures and views from tv and in magazines, but never from a real live person/artist- who truly captured the utmost of this enchanting island! I too, especially loved the rainforest part- Gorgeous and heart thumping for sure! Thank you so very much for sharing! xo
    ps…I thought , why is she taking photos of sneakers, then I read and LOL! I hadn’t even noticed till you said so! teeheehee

  5. Larkworthy
    November 07, 2014

    I love that you sought the trail less traveled. Most tourists never really see the best parts as you have as they never leave the tourist traps. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to find my way there.

  6. Joys Maclaurin
    November 07, 2014

    Beautiful shots…awesome country. I’ve never been to the Big Island. How amazing!

  7. Mary Grellner
    November 07, 2014

    Thank you SO much for sharing these beautiful photos; my husband and I were lucky enough to visit there about 10 years ago and decided to have our ashes deposited somewhere there so we can be in that heavenly spot forever. Your pictures were a great reminder of just how wonderful it is!

  8. Kat Gottfried
    November 07, 2014

    Teesha, thanks for sharing. Looks like you and Tracy had a wondering, inspiring, relaxing time. I can’t wait to see how all the inspiration from this beautiful trip translates into your art!

  9. Laney McDonald
    November 07, 2014

    GORGEOUS photos! Thanks so much for sharing them. 🙂

  10. Marcy Rutledge
    November 08, 2014

    the pictures are beautiful and the colors are so lush – some of the leaves on the trees look like something you would draw than color in. and the find at the market – I hope you bought them so they can live with all the other art in your home. I can see some of these photos as backgrounds in your journals with all your characters coming out in crazy ways.

  11. Kimberly Condon
    November 10, 2014

    Thank you so much for filling us up with Hawaii and taking us there with you! I felt like I was able to appreciate all the shots and the beauty and energy that flowed from those places. Thanks again!

  12. Maggie
    November 12, 2014

    OH.MY.GOD. Sorry to raise my voice. Your pics are amazing and then some. They are the first photos that made me want to go to Hawaii. My inlaws just went and I had a hard time not yawning at their photos. I always think so what. But your photos are the exact opposite. I would swim across the Pacific just to see those trees and those roots! Too many amazing scenes to even comment on. Thank you for sharing them!!

  13. Chris
    March 19, 2015

    Holy crap and a half! LOOK at these photos! And lookie how late I am with comments.

    Here’s the deal: I’m still watching artstronauts videos and you had mentioned that your 16 page journal video is on your site, and I’m looking everywhere and I can’t find it, even though I’ve seen it before.

    The truth is, I have no friends and nothing to do.

    HA! No, I’m just journaling and watching your vid. But I think I remember seeing that 16 page journal vid on youtube so I’ll go there.

    p.s. not a stalker

    p.p.s. GREAT Hawaii shots. We go every year, but this year we can’t. Miss it!

    p.p.p.s. Actually, I am pretty lonely and bored. Be back in five minutes.

  14. Marieke
    May 15, 2015

    Wow, thanks for those great photo’s. For me they were a trip through childhood memories. I’m from Holland, but lived in Hilo for a year as a child. Lava tubes, beaches, rainbow falls, Waimea, Pele, I can almost feel the warmth and smell the air. Definitely a place to re-visit!

  15. Matt
    December 02, 2016

    Love all of these photos, excellent stuff!!!
    Matt @

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