Camping with our friends

Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
Trip End Sep 01, 2012

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Where I stayed
Kiholo State Park
What I did
Lava Tubes
Kailua-Kona Coast line

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Monday, April 23, 2012

What an amazing wonderful time we have just had in the last few days.....

Yesterday morning we loaded up the two cars with tents, dogs, kids and good food and drink and drove down to our reserved campsite at Kiholo, where we used to come and camp many years ago. We got there late morning and quickly jumped in the sea and had a grand swim and the kids caught some waves on the borrowed boogie boards and our friends Andrew (Pookie) and Elizabeth (Chavelita) helped the kids time their run into the shore with the power of the waves behind them. Whenever I and Jess tried to help them, they ended up getting tumbled over and over by the surf and we quickly lost our jobs as wave interpreters. 
After the frolic and swim we headed to our campsite for American hot dogs and potato chips for lunch. Tents were pitched, chairs arranged and it was quickly like old times. Then we cleaned up and headed for the freshwater "Queen's Bath" which is located just by the sea and the kids were able to jump in from the rocks and swim through some underground caverns to get from one pool to another. What a treat it was to watch them swim through freshwater caves right next to the sea.

Then back to camp for dinner and a sunset. We were treated to chicken wings, babyback ribs and steak all done on a grill over an open fire. Beers and friends and good food all make for an amazing time. The kids soon went to bed, it never ceases to amaze me how tired they get when swimming and playing in the sun all day.

Then after listening to the waves crash on the shore all night, we got up to coffee and eggs and cereal for breakfast before packing up our camp and Jess and I and the kids went to explore/find an underground lava tube that was connected to the one we had swum in yesterday. We walked through the lava fields and finally found the tunnel entrance. We put on our togs, turned on our headlamps and headed deep into the cave. After walking 200m underground we finally got to the section of the tube that was full of fresh water. The sides of the tube were incredibly smooth. It was about 5 metres across and 5 metres deep. It took quite a large breath to swim to the bottom. The kids and I jumped in and had a swim, what a refreshing treat after walking through the lava field.

We got back in the car and drove further north up the Kailua-Kona coast to the Mauna Kea hotel and our favourite beach from when we lived here in 1997/1998. One final swim in the ocean, Mai-Tai's on the beach and a sand castle built by the kids. 

We then drove up the road to Kawaihae for fish tacos and goodbye to the Hawaii beaches. We have had our last swim and are now back in Waimea packing our bags and getting ready to get up at 4:30am for a drive to the airport and flight to LAX......BRING ON DISNEYLAND!!!!
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