Volcano Vacation Homes (Chalet Kilauea Collection)
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... lived, where irrigation channels were dug for the sugar cane, and the cross where his son was lost at sea. This area did not lend itself to mechanisation - too sloping, so when sugar prices went down, the mills and plantations went out of business. We followed the coast to Hilo which is an old port town. The areas were thick with tropical jungle and also acres of eucalyptus trees grown for ...
We started the day by going out to the lava/ocean edge to watch sunrise... This is a really beautiful spot with waves crashing on the black lava cliffs! We came back to the house and had breakfast. On to a local farmers market... This is the place to see some real local flavor! I did buy a few things there. We brought the stuff back to the house before exploring ...
... before getting to the Hot Pools. This was a naturally warmed sea inlet full of tropical fish. Ali was very brave and went for a swim despite the warning sign that the fish might become aggressive! We then drove on to the lava tree park. This was a slightly bizarre one mile loop walk which took in the 'lava trees' These were formed by an eruption approximately 200 years ago which was just the right temperature and consistency of lava to coat the trees but not destroy them so ...
... did us proud. The view from the top are spectacular and the temperature was about 50F in contrast to the 80F in Hilo.
The whole area from Hilo up the Saddle Road is lava. The gardens of the houses on the outskirts of Hilo are mostly black lava with not much vegetation. As you get higher there is more and more lava and less and less trees.
A fantastic trip, well worth the drive!
Perhaps next time we'll hang around to see the stars. ...
... eat there. We put it into the GPS, and started driving. When the GPS told us we had arrived, we looked around at the trees on both sides of the road, confused. There was no restaurant here! We drove on, looking for it, but it was nowhere to be seen. Plan B ended up as choosing a restaurant from Pahoa. Our choices seemed to be Burger King, Subway, or a Chinese Barbecue.
I absolutely love mixed plates, and had been looking forward to ...
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