Aloha!! A year ago I woke up on the Big Island of Hawaii after a late nite arrival. After 10 years of not being to the island I was delighted to be back!! My younger sister, her one year old and I booked just 3 days before departure and what a great, quick decision that was! We joined my parents and were glad they didn’t mind last-minute stragglers. I had forgotten just how expansive the lava fields are as you drive across the island. There’s so much variety in the scenery and we had incredible weather. Especially considering we stayed the majority of our time on what is considered the rainy side of the island. I love these fun memories of an amazing trip with some of my family and the exceptional hospitality of my uncle + aunt!! I’m also glad for a wonderful husband that said to not miss out on a great opportunity when he was busy with work that kept him at home.
This is our second day at home after another wonderful time in Hawaii. It’s tough adjusting to this cold, winter weather. So I’m reminiscing as I haven’t blogged these photos yet. There will be many photos to come from Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii as I work through them. Re-living all the warm, sunny memories on these cold, winter days now that we’re back home will be lovely!!
We enjoyed visiting the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and walking the trails that lead through a lush tropical rainforest. I never knew so many colors and patterns of orchids existed until being in their gorgeous orchid garden.
We stopped along the road for a closer look at the lava rocks. You could still feel the heat in the rocks from the volcano.
The world’s newest beach – Isaac Hale Beach Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. This black sand beach was created by the lava flow from the volcanic eruption in 2018. It was interesting to see how this destructive force of nature also created something fresh and new. Nature is amazing!!
It was fun to hike in to Akaka Falls!
We drove up to the Mauna Kea visitor centre at 9200 feet. That was as far as we could go without 4WD and a little one. Coming down it was fascinating to see the craters!
I have yet to hang this photo of Rainbow Falls in our home but there’s a local couple enjoying it in theirs after being the highest bidder on the print I donated for the Dr. Brown fundraiser! There was a blood moon, a total lunar eclipse.
We lucked out with our whale sightings. The best was seeing a whale and calf fairly close from a beach park in Hilo. There were lots of sea turtles swimming there too.
We spent our last few nites in Kona, soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the beach at the Queen’s Bath. The photos we took here in the pretty tropical surroundings and by the ocean are my favorites!!