Kailua-Kona, Big Island, Hawaii
Lava Tube with a handsome little hairy guide. 😉 We just happened upon this in the backyard of one of the coffee mills.
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).
South Coast was amazing. and yes, the water (and the sky) was that blue. I saw a couple different pods of dolphins.
Pretty much the only restaurant down by Hobbit House, so we got to know them pretty well.
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!
Go to the lookout at night.
It’s hard to capture the grandeur of these trees. This is in Hilo.
Found at a local farmers market for $10.
Rainbow Falls. Be sure to go to the left after you go up the stairs. The coolest trees are in that forest.
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.
This kid almost fell to his death trying to get a selfie in front of the falls.
These blacker than black lava tubes were scary and cool too. definitely gets your heart beating faster. bring a STRONG flashlight.
The walk to Akama Falls
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.
up the road from the cave. no one around for miles.
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.