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Our Hawaiian Vacation: Two Day Circle Tour (Day 1)

On Labor Day (September 3) we embarked on a two-day circular driving tour of the Island of Hawaii.  John and Dorothy were our tour guides.

We began our journey along the Southern Kona Coast (Rt. 11), leaving home around 9:45 am.  Sixty miles from Kona is South Point, which is the southernmost point of all 50 states.

We arrived at South Point at 11:37 am. It had started to rain during our drive; however, the rain let up and the view improved by the time we arrived at South Point. At South Point we enjoyed the view of the sea cliffs and watched young people jump off a fishing platform into the ocean way below.

_LG27872South Point jumpers

_LG27873South Point jumper

I didn’t capture a video of any jumping; however, an internet search on South Point cliff jumping yielded many videos from which to choose.

I chose this video.

This video shows lots of cliff jumping.  In addition the video provides a geography lesson and a historical perspective.

 

You think that cliff jumping is crazy.  Well, what about jumping into this blowhole?

_LG27869We didn’t see anyone jump into this blowhole, but people do jump into it!

Please feel free to mute the audio, if the music doesn’t appeal to you.  I preferred this video to those that had wind noise in them.

Constant winds blowing at South Point have caused trees to blow over and grow that way.

_LG27878A Wind-Swept Tree

We left South Point around 12:30 pm. We stopped in the town of Na`alehu at the Punalu`u Bake Shop. Na`alehu is the southernmost town in the 50 states. The Panalu`u Bakery is the southernmost bakery in the 50 states. The bakery is situated on a lush four-acre landscaped estate.

20180903_130337Dorothy took this photograph of Bob and me,
as we walked toward the covered pavilion shown in the corner of this picture.

We ate the lunch that Dorothy packed for us and the Malasada donuts (Portuguese donuts) that Bob and I purchased at the bakery, while sitting in the pavilion.

Our next stop, after lunch, was also in Na`alehu.

_LG27880This is an overlook of Whittington Beach Park.

Continuing east from Na`alehu on Highway 11 our last stop was at Punalu`u Beach Park, near the town of Pahala. Punalu`u Beach Park is known for its black sand beach and Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles that frequent this beach.

_LG27890The black sand beach at Punalu`u Beach Park

_LG27892Looking out to sea from beach

_LG27893Two Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles

Behind Punalu`u Beach is a beautiful freshwater pool.

IMG_20180903_140523Bob took this picture of Dorothy and me in front of the pool.

_LG27902Two of the many water lilies in the freshwater pool

We were on our way again at 2:15 pm. From Panalu’u Beach Park we continued eastward on Highway 11, past the entrance to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and over the cracks in the highway. The park was closed due to earthquake damage and volcano eruptions from earlier this year.

We arrived in Hilo around 3:15 pm.  Before going to our hotel, we stopped at Big Island Candies.  Throughout the store there were coffee and delectable treat samples.  The sample that I liked the best was Chocolate Covered Passion Fruit Brownies.

We checked into the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, located on Banyan Drive. Our room had an ocean view, with a balcony.  I will share pictures of the view in my next Hawaiian blog post.

We ate dinner at Cronies Bar & Grill. John, Bob and I ordered burgers and fries; Dorothy ordered soup.

We returned to the hotel a couple hours later. By 8:00 pm I had showered and was ready for bed. Dorothy said to meet her in the lobby at 7:15 am, as she had something planned for us.  She wouldn’t tell us what was planned.

2 Responses to “Our Hawaiian Vacation: Two Day Circle Tour (Day 1)”

  1. Eileen Wise

    Hello Linda, beautiful views of the coastline. The people are brave jumping into the ocean there, the blowhole seems dangerous for divers too. I think we stayed in the same Hilo hotel years ago with my aunt and cousin. I love the green sea turtles on the beach, great sighting. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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