Last Day in Hawaii

May 30, 2016 – For our final day in Hawaii we headed over to Kona.  We prefer the northern and south-eastern sides of the island, but were pleasantly surprised by the beer and pizza at the Kona Brewing Company.  After lunch we drove back up to the beach by Waimea.  About a dozen people were…

Black and Green Sand Beaches

May 28, 2016 – Sometimes you just want to venture out for breakfast and see what the local area has to offer.  We found a little spot serving a more traditional breakfast – rice, Portuguese sausage, and scrambled egg, as well as coffee.  Tony definitely enjoyed it, Louisa would have liked some sort of sauce (but…

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Round Deux

May 27, 2016 – Happy 10th Anniversary to us.  We started the day with breakfast at the room – bagels, fruit, granola bars, juice, and coffee.  Today’s plan was to drive into Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.  This time we followed the curving Crater Drive down to the ocean.  There’s a small parking lot, and it’s possible…

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

May 26, 2016 – One advantage of the Air BnB spot is we’re about 10 minutes from Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.  We arrived early and had no problem finding a parking spot by the Kilauea Iki Crater trailhead.  We started counter clockwise, and were almost immediately headed downhill.  After a bit of a walk through the rainforest…

Natural Destinations Around Hilo

May 25, 2016 – We stayed at another Air BnB property, this one in Volcano, HI.  Our accommodations were a small but functional guest cottage, set in the middle of the rain forest that is on this part of the island.  There were orchids growing on the trees and a small koi pond outside our door.  On…

Headed to Hilo

May 24, 2016 – We definitely enjoyed our time in Waimea.  The area is beautiful and quiet, and had great food – just what we were looking for. We stopped by our go-to coffee shop for a final bagel and coffee breakfast before heading towards the rainy (read: lush but humid) side of the island….

Waipi’o and Pololu Valleys

May 23, 2016 – Another morning, another coffee and bagel breakfast.  Tony stuck with his classic egg and bacon sandwich with avocado, while Louisa tried sea salt and coconut butter, as well as local lettuce, tomato, and onion, on a parmesan bagel.  It was fantastic, as were the espresso drinks. After breakfast we headed to…