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And so we arrived on our fourth and final Hawaiian Island, the island of 'Hawaii', or better known locally as 'The Big Island'.
This is the biggest of all the Hawaiian Islands and is quite literally one big bubbling volcano. There are five volcanoes on the island but one in particular is the most active volcano on the planet and has been erupting continuously since 1983!
And so it was ...
... beach, but we sadly had to pass them by. Lunch was at the recommended Punalu'u Bake Shop for a seafood sandwich to share, and a Lilikoi Doughnut for me and a Blieberry and cream cheese slice for Carol. We did stop at Waipouli bay for a snapshot, before going on to the Volcano Centre to find out the current situation regarding activity. Sadly there are no flows into the sea (Some people have all the luck - don't you Natalie & John?). ...
Monday, April 20, 2015
Welcome to Hilo, Hawaii
Today we decided to do something different. Prior to coming on this cruise (see grand adventure) we decided to avoid the hassles involved with a group shore excursion – we booked a car for the day with Enterprise Rentals. The freedom to go where we wanted, and stop whenever we wanted was so liberating. We loved it – and the wonderful folks at Enterprise gave us a complementary upgrade from a ...
... coming from the crater lighting up the smoke. The lava pool is still bubbling away.
Now i should mention that the weather here is somewhat tropical. Hilo gets up to 10 metres of rainfall each year, making it one of the wettest places on earth. We can go from a nice sunny day, then it buckets down, then its sunny again. We have had a lot of rain each night as well.
Oh the joys of tropical weather.
Today is waterfalls day. First we visit Rainbow ...
... as the ash that the volcano keeps spewing makes for hazy conditions on many days, and today was no exception. Still, the light show was worth the trip and was definitely an unforgettable experience.
We capped off our day with an attempt to visit the lava flowing in the town of Pahoa, but learned that we'd have to return on Friday due to the holidays. The lava flow at that particular location (Apaa Street) had slowed to a halt and the lava had hardened although ...