Elizabeth and Steve's Excellent 2006 Hawaii Adventure - The "Big Island"

This was the first island on our (almost) three-week Hawaii Adventure. Please also check out our second stop, Kauai.

We heartily recommend the Hawaii guidebooks by Andrew Doughty and Harriett Friedman -- they're invaluable resources!

May 6 - 13, 2006

Hawaii, the "Big Island"

May 6 - 9 (4 nights), Kona, Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resport

May 10 - 11 (2 nights), Volcano, Volcano House Lodge

May 12 (1 night), Hilo, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

May 13 (1 night), Waimea, The Jacaranda Inn

Hawaii overview

Hawaii maps are from a USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center Web site. (The little triangles represent surface-water gaging stations.

May 6, 2006

Kona, Hawaii

Kona, Hawaii

At the Hotel

From our balcony, looking down.

Turtle

May 7, 2006

 

At the Hotel

A gecko near the hotel (whom I visited often -- see below!)

Gecko

Gecko

Gecko

Plumeria

Plumeria

May 8, 2006

 

At the Hotel

More views looking down from our balcony. Note the Moorish Idol (Kihikihi) -- the black and yellow striped fish.

Turtle

Turtle

Turtle

Wailea Bay ("69 Beach")

Wailea Bay

Wailea Bay

Hapuna Beach

Hapuna Beach is just north of 69 Beach.

Hapuna Beach

Hapuna Beach

May 9, 2006

 

Kona

I don't have any photos of what was probably the best thing about this hotel, which is the wonderful snorkeling area right next to the hotel (north of the hotel; the photo below is looking south). It's called Kahalu'u Beach, and you can swim there with turtles and thirty or so different species of (wildly colored!) fish -- which is an amazing experience. We went there five times; couldn't keep away.

Kona

A view out from our balcony.

Kona

Kona

Kona

May 10, 2006

Volcano, Hawaii

We stayed at the Volcano House Hotel, which is in Volcano National Park, and which is also near the town of Volcano, Hawaii. And took a number of photos on the way there...

Off the Road, South of Kona

Plumeria.

Plumeria

At the 75 Mile Marker - The Southernmost Section of Route 11

Along Route 11

View to the south along Route 11

A Bit Farther to the East

Along Route 11

Southern-most Hawaii

Southern-most Hawaii

Near Ne'alehu

A view east.

Along Route 11

Along Route 11 - Near Na'alehu

Punalu'u Black Sand Beach

The sand is just to the left; not in view.

Punalu'u Black Sand Beach

Punalu'u Black Sand Beach

May 11, 2006

Volcano, Hawaii

Volcano, Hawaii

Kiluaea Iki Crater

Looking down from the trail that skirts the trail (and which then crosses back along the crater floor.

Kiluaea Iki Crater

On the floor of Kiluaea Iki Crater.

Kiluaea Iki Crater floor

Kiluaea Iki Crater floor - vegitation

May 12, 2006

Hilo, Hawaii

Hilo, Hawaii

On the Puna Coast

Between Issac Hale Beach Park and Kahena Sand Beach.

Puna Coast

Puna Coast

A View of the Lava

Just past the end of Chain of Craters Road, (almost) to the closest current viewing place for lava, about a mile and a half away. We got there in the late afternoon. The lava becomes visible as the light fades.

Lava view

Lava view

Lava view

Lava view

Lava view

Lava view

Some lava is visible in the air. Exciting!

Lava view

Halama'uma'u Crater

Halama'uma'u Crater

Taken by moonlight (with a 10-second exposure). It was quite dark and I couldn't really see much, so I was lucky to get the image at least somewhat in focus. The lights on the rim are from the USGS Volcano Observatory.

Halama'uma'u Crater, by moonlight

May 13, 2006

Waimea, Hawaii

On the Road to Waimea, at Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Gardens

Just north of Hilo.

Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Gardens

Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Gardens

Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Gardens

Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Gardens

Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Gardens

Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Gardens

Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Gardens - orchid

Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Gardens - orchid

Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Gardens