Holo Holo Inn
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... zoo we called into the macadamia nut plantation Mauna Loa which was Hershey's owned (the American chocolate company). Mmmmm, we did taste test most of the macadamia nuts with chocolate and without chocolate. Went away with lots of nuts....we will see how long they last.
Time to warm up with the fireplace and the room heaters.
... In amongst the large orchid collection they had a couple big parrots in cages. Not quite sure how that fit with 'garden', but it's definitely tropical. I even managed to get pretty close to a gecko that was hanging out on their enclosure. From there, it was a little walk down towards the ocean. You could even get down to the water if you wanted.
After we had taken in our fill of the garden (and made sure we'd been on every pathway), we ...
... the early missionaries. In the adjoining museum, there are exhibits dedicated to an overview of Hawaii's ecological zones, plant and animal life. The sea shell and mineral collections were quite special. A floor was dedicated to "Island Heritage" and presented an overview of the native Hawaiians and immigrant groups.
What bummed us out was the arrogance ...
... got up to the caldera just on dark, but it was very cold and foggy. We learnt that this was actually called "vog" which is a result of the gases and particles being emitted out of the volcano (in this case since 1983 - emitting 2,000 - 4,000 tones of sulphur dioxide every day), and mixing with the oxygen, moisture and sunlight. We waited a little while and as it got dark, the vog lifted a little ...
After breakfast and a walk around the grounds at the Marriott, we loaded up and drove to Hilo. We took the saddle road across the island.. We saw some sheep. The saddle road is between two mountain peaks. We got to Hilo and did some shopping at wal mart then we headed further south to our rental. ...