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by Chris & Carinne
January 11, 2012
From journal The Last State
November 9, 2008
From journal Sights and Shops to Visit on the Big Island
Los Angeles (Woodland Hills), California
January 23, 2005
From journal One Week Around The Big Island
Saint Paul, Minnesota
May 5, 2003
The legend is that the demigod Maui rescued his mother, Hina, from the cavern behind the falls where she had been trapped by a rebuffed suitor, the mo'o (dragon) Kuna. Above the falls, the channel of the Wailuku (Water of Destruction) River is pockmarked by holes in the lava bed. The churning action of flow over these pits gives the area the name "Boiling Pots."
It's an easy and scenic walk unless high water makes it dangerous. On the highway side of the Boiling Pots, huge Banyan trees cast a dark mysterious shade.
From journal Big Island Attractions
albany, New York
February 17, 2003
Another stop was the Black Sand Beach (Punalu’u Beach County Park). This was the first time I ever walked on lava. I had seen black sand beaches before (on Maui) but this beach was quite different. First it was a lot less commercial. Also there were sea turtles in the ocean. We didn’t have bathing suits on so we didn’t get to swim, but it seemed like a perfect place to return for a swim, a walk, and a picnic. See picture.
The Akatsuka Orchid Gardens were a surprising delight. I do not have a green thumb so I don’t usually rave about nurseries, but this was a beautiful stop. There were orchids of all colors all around. Since my mother LOVES orchids, I tried to see the nurseries through her eyes. The store has a photo of the orchid that was for sale for $20,000. Needless to say, I took a photo of that for my mother (see picture). Also, my mother had one request for me: to bring back a thimble from Hawaii. Sure enough, I was able to find a thimble with an orchid picture imprinted on it. I also found a cute pair of orchid earrings for her. All too soon I had to leave the Orchid Garden. It was hard to believe I spent so much time at a place I would have skipped if I were planning the itinerary.
We also stopped at the Parker Ranch Visitor Center. This was cowboy country! I spent most of the time looking at the quaint store. Bob bought some beef jerky that he said was very good. I bought some trail mix that was excellent. In fact, I wished I bought some more because my purchase was quickly consumed! There were lots of odds and ends in the store for perusal or purchase.
From journal Long day but fantastic siteseeing on the Big Island!