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Our Hawaiian Vacation: Fifth Stop of Two Day Circle Tour

This post continues details of our two-day circular driving tour of the island of Hawaii, which we began on our ninth day in Hawaii (May 25th). Our first four stops were in the South Island region. Our first stop was at South Point. Our next three stops were in the towns of Waiohinu and Naalehu. Our fifth stop of the day (and the last one in the South Island region) was at Punalu’u Beach Park, near the town of Pahala.

Continuing east from Naalehu on Highway 11, the road to Punalu’u Beach Park was within a 12-mile drive. Punalu’u Beach Park is known for its black sand beach and the Hawaiian green turtles that frequent this beach.

D5253600 4x6Black Sand Beach

D5253605 4x6That is a Hawaiian Green Turtle lying near me.

D5253604 4x6Hawaiian Green Turtle sunbathing on black sand beach

D5253608 4x6Bob on black sand beach

The coconut trees behind Bob provide shade, but they also provide a nice backdrop for the fishpond located behind them.

D5253609 4x6Fishpond

D5253614 4x6Water Lily on fishpond

D5253618 4x6View from fishpond of black sand beach

Next stop – Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

12 Responses to “Our Hawaiian Vacation: Fifth Stop of Two Day Circle Tour”

  1. Betsy from Tennessee

    Love the palm trees and the fishpond…. What beauty!!!! Don't know about that black sand though… Wonder what causes it to be black??? Interesting turtle…. It seems to love the beach–no matter what color it is…. haThanks for sharing.Hugs,Betsy

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  2. Linda (PA_shutterbug)

    @Betsy – According to Wikipedia the black sand is “made of basalt and created by lava flowing into the ocean which explodes as it reaches the ocean and cools”.

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  3. Denise

    Fabulous Linda. I never saw a green sea turtle in the wild when I was over there, but got a close up of them at the aquarium on Oahu. They are amazing creatures. All lovely photos and very enjoyable.An English Girl Rambles

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  4. Rose

    The turtle looks huge…I'm with Betsy about the black sand…it would take some getting used to.

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  5. Ann

    Part of our beaches are also black sand. They are black because they are iron rich.I love that turtle.

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  6. Scott

    Did you find the black sand to be hotter than other sand? Sure looks like a great beach.

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  7. Abe Lincoln

    Beautiful scenes. Glad to see the Green Turtle too. I enjoyed the previous post as well.I am trying to get some favorite family recipes from my favorite bloggers. I even started a new blog—Fat Lady Recipes—to hold them. I have received some submissions with more promised. A photo of your dish is nice but not required. A photo of yourself is required as well as your real name. Sometimes I can use your profile photo if it is not an icon.The Fat Lady Recipes blog should be getting some magazine coverage soon but I am not at liberty to talk about just yet.You don't have to be fat to share recipes. Fat Lady Recipes

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  8. Ciss B

    I love the black sand beech and the fish pond. Lovely photos that I would enjoy stepping into! 🙂

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