Hawaii Paradise Suite
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... The road is popular for bikers, and we saw a few of them having a picnic at this overlook.
By the time we finished all this driving, it was time for lunch. We stopped by the Volcano House just across the street from the Visitor Center. Perched on the rim of the Kilauea caldera, Volcano House is the only hotel in the park, and we had lunch in the restaurant overlooking the crater. The food left something to be desired but where else would you ...
... easily tell where the sun rose and set. North and South, then, were simply known as left and right. As Polynesians settled on land, they stopped traveling great distances and slowly lost their open water navigation skills. At the Astronomy center we also learned that Mauna Kea was considered a sacred site for Polynesians. who attribute volcanic activity to Pele, the goddess of volcanoes.
In terms of modern science, we learned a bit about the 13 telescopes at the summit ...
By this time, it was starting to rain pretty hard and we were running out of daylight, so we decided not to visit Green Sands Beach, which was nearby but required another 2 miles on that one-way road, a ride in a 4x4 from local "taxis" which wait in the parking lot to take tourists down to the beach, and a scramble down a cliff. As a matter of fact, a lot of the beaches on this island are hard to get to like the Green Sands beach. Alas, ...
We woke up very early - about 6.15am as we had heard that hawai weather seems to be best in the mornings and the forecast reflected that. We left the cottage about 7.30ish - thankfully the volcano park is only 10 minutes away so we headed for a walk we heard was good. We walked round and then across the Kilauea iki crater which erupted in 1959 and filled a huge crater with molten lava. It was pretty awe inspiring to say the least!! We saw the original vent and ...
... tropical greenery. There was lush, dense forests with giant trees and palms. Quite the difference from the volcanic desert just a couple hour drive away. I guess that's how islands out in the middle of the ocean work.
By the time we got there, we had pretty much decided that we did want to go to the Botanical Gardens. So, we stopped, got the tickets, and then headed into the gardens. The botanical gardens are on the sea-side of the ...