A December 2005 trip
to Hilo by ksmeyer
Quote: A review of some of the free and not-so-free things to do.
We visited Rainbow Falls, Boiling Pots, and Waiale Falls, off Waianuenue Avenue. All sights are free to the public and worth driving through the residential area to get to. Also, the Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Gardens, with a entrance fee and a bit of a walk, is worth adding in if you are not on a budget. Bring or buy the bug repellent; there are plenty in the garden. There are spectacular ocean views about a mile in, but remember that the steep decline you walked down at the beginning is the same you will climb up at the end. The best photo opportunities are the tiki totem Ku in the park and the parrots.
Take several days to explore the Kilauea Volcano. It's a car for a several-day pass. We only went for 1 day and wished we had more. Out of the several walking paths, we choose the petroglyphs trail, described as short walk, 2 miles over a lava field path marked only by rock piles. We were disappointed that to see the new lava flow into the ocean was another long walk and decided that it would take another trip to see that. But do stop to see the formation of the new island.
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