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). Here are the stops that we made thus far:
1. Our first stop was at South Point.
2. Our next three stops were in the towns of Waiohinu and Naalehu.
3. Our fifth stop was at Punalu’u Beach Park, near the town of Pahala.
All five of these stops were in the South Island region.
4. Our sixth stop was at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
5. Our seventh stop was at Lava Tree State Park.
6. Our eighth stop was at Isaac Hale (Pohoiki) Beach Park.
Both Lava Tree State Park and Isaac Hale Beach Park are located in the Puna region near the town of Pahoa.
From Isaac Hale Beach Park we drove to Hilo, where we spent the night at Uncle Billy’s Hotel.
The next day (May 26th) Bob and I were up by 6:30 AM. We ate a breakfast of papaya, danish, toast, juice and coffee/tea. After breakfast we strolled through the picturesque Liliuokalani Gardens, which is located about a half block from our hotel.
We visited Coconut Island too. The island was across the street from Liliuokalani Gardens.
Markers on this coconut tree show height of tsunami waves. In 1957 the waves reached a height of 8 feet. In 1952 the waves hit a height of 12 feet. In 1960 the waves reached a height of 15 feet. In 1946 the waves reached a height of 26 feet.
We met up with John and Dorothy at 8:00 AM. After checking out of Uncle Billy’s Hotel, we drove to the Hilo Farmers Market. John purchased fresh vegetables; Dorothy purchased fresh flowers.
From the Hilo Farmers Market we began our trip back to Kona. Before leaving Hilo we visited Wailuku River State Park, where we saw Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots/Pe’epe’e Falls.
See the cave behind the waterfall? It is believed that Kamehameha buried the bones of his father in this cave. By the way the waterfall did create a faint rainbow while we were there. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that I captured that rainbow in this photograph (or others that I took).
We saw the strangest sight while walking to Boiling Pots/Pe’epe’e Falls. We saw two young men wearing tails. The day before they wore entire animal suits to Mauna Kea. One of the young men makes the animal suits, and they wear the tails (or the entire suit) often.
I still have lots more to share with you about our Hawaiian vacation, so please stay tuned!