Just one day in Hilo
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Thanks to immigration in Honolulu it didn’t take long before we were able to splash through the Hilo harbor puddles and find Mary Lou who was take us around Hilo for the day. Very successfully I might add, as she not only managed to show us large parts of the botanical (wet) side of Hawai’i, but also somehow kept us dry.
First stop was the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, where we went to see the Kilauea caldera, one of the most active volcanoes on earth. Because we were in Hawaii for just one day everyone on the boat was out to see the island and we ran into people from the boat all over the island. At the caldera we saw the Schweglers who were stopping at the volcano on their way to the Kona side where they were aiming to hit the beaches. I could easily have spent a number of days at the park, as there were many interesting hikes we could have done and I particularly wanted to see the glow of the volcano at night. Instead we only spent an hour or two there - going to the museum, seeing the caldera, walking on a lava flow and going through a lava tube.
What’s a blog without some food talk – the same as a day in port without food. Our food day consisted of a visit to a Macadamian nut farm and a farmer’s market. At the Mauna Loa Macadamian Farm they caught us with their sample tables. Nuts with dark chocolate, chillis, toffee, coffee etc. They even had spam flavored Macadamian nuts. We tried some really good ones and spent way to much money on buying some for home. Half way between the park and Hilo we found a farmer’s market with leechees, logan fruit, smoothies and coconut encrusted mahi mahi sandwiches.
Stomachs full we went to the Rainbow waterfalls, where we happened to see some crazy (polite for stupid) students climbing along the slippery edge of the falls. Fortunately they managed to prove that I am an old worrywart and didn’t make it onto youtube. Next to the falls is a huge Banyan tree, I loved it. Unfortunately it is so large that it created a dark cave like atmosphere that was not conducive to photographs with our cameras.
Lastly we went to a black sand beach where Caitlin had a swim and we saw some giant green turtles.