Hawaii (Big Island) Journals

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An October 2003 trip to Hawaii (Big Island) by kona

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Second stop on our honeymoon adventure to Hawaii. This island is full of many diversities, from beautiful beaches to active, sometimes violent volcanoes, plush a lush green tropical environment on the Hilo side.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Attraction | "Kilauea Exploratory"

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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A vast sea of cooled lava flows, some as recent as a few months. Acres and acres of black rock is twisted into bizarre shapes and encompasses surrounding towns, where you can see half-buried stop signs and remainders of houses that were in the path of the lava. You can climb over these flows, but be careful, as the rocks are uneven and bumpy. If you go towards the water, you may see the lava pouring into the ocean. In our case, the lava was rolling down the hillside. In the park is Devastation Trail, which looks like a nuclear bomb exploded. It is "moon-like" in appearance, with dead trees scattered here and there. There's also Thurston Lava Tube, an old, cave-like structure that on...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 17, 2007

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Highway 11
Hilo, Hawaii 96718
(808) 985-6000

Waipio Valley

Attraction

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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Spectacular views of sheer cliffs meeting the ocean. You can take a side road off of Kukuihaele Highway to this lookout and park up top or go down (with a 4x4 vehicle) to the bottom of the valley. Up at the top of the lookout is a beautiful valley that overlooks the giant black cliffs that jut out meet the water below. You can make out waterfalls falling down these cliffs with binoculars. You can go swimming down below, but beware that it is a rocky, muddy trip down to the bottom of the valley.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 17, 2007

Waipio Valley
Off of Highway 240
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii

Akaka Falls State Park

Attraction | "Akaka Falls"

Akaka Falls State Park Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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A 420-foot waterfall falling through a lush tropical rain forest. This is one to see! I have never seen a waterfall as beautiful as this with all the lush green foliage and flowers surrounding this majestic fall. This waterfall is tucked away off of a mile-long trail, and it's well worth the trip (not like it's that long). This area is located north of Hilo, along the Hamakua Coast.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 17, 2007

Akaka Falls State Park
End of 'Akaka Falls Road (Highway 220)
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii