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Tropical Storm Flossie Approaches Hilo, Hawaii

Aloha

I tend to talk about the places that we have visited when they surface in the national news. I never realize how many places that we have had the opportunity to visit in such a short period of time until I look back at the blog posts from my past and realize that I have only talked about Hawaii a few times. My favorite spot of all the islands is Hilo on the Big Island. It’s a bit more small town, even though it is the biggest city on the island and the residents certainly have island speed down. Things happen there, just not in too much of a hurry.

The Big Island is an exciting place. If it’s not enough to have to worry about the possibility of a KÄ«lauea going off and your home being covered in molten lava, they also have tropical storms, tidal waves and tsunami’s to worry about. But that’s really nothing for Pele to be concerned about. We’ve had the oporunity to travel up the mountain to the Volcano craters to see the plumes of steam rising up from the depths below the surface.

Volcano National Park Hawaii
Volcano National Park Hawaii

At Volcano National Park, situated up the mountain about 30 miles from downtown Hilo, you can learn all about the historical significance and the future potential of explosions.


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We’ve never had the opportunity to hike all the way to the flowing hot lava river at the end of Highway 130 at Kalapana. There is also an amazing looking hike across the crater bed that looked killer. We ended up visiting the Jagger Museum, the Visitors Center, the Lava Tubes and the overlook area for the Mauna Ulu Trail.

Lava Tubes Hilo Volcano National Park Hawaii
Lava Tubes Hilo Volcano National Park Hawaii
Lava Tubes Hawaii Big Island
Lava Tubes Hawaii Big Island

But, what does the Volcano National Park have to do with Tropical Storm Flossie? Location, location, location. As all the national weather channels rush to get their anchors to scoop the latest story. Out across the vast Pacific Ocean, through the wind and rain, I hope that our friends who live on the Big Island in Hilo are safe and the storm blows itself out well before it ever hits the Hawaiin Islands.

Mahalo

Beautiful Black Sand

Strange how once in a while when you’re traveling, it’s hard to find exactly what you’re looking for. You only have a couple hours to look around each time you’re in port and it can be very hurried. So I guess in the end it makes sense that we wouldn’t really get into snorkeling until our very last cruise.

On our last day on the Big Island in Hilo, we met up with our favorite taxi driver, _. He’s the guy who told us to eat at Ocean Sushi and once owned a morgue in Manhattan. That day, he picked us up at the Farmers Market and dropped us off at Richardson Beach. He also helped us out with a set of snorkel gear to boot.

Jake at Richardson Beach Hawaii

Hawaii is amazing and it’s beaches are breathtaking for sure. I’ve never been to a beach where the sand was so black as at Richardsons. You know, burned lavarock type dirt. When I walked into the ocean and felt the small pebbles of sea churned lava seep into my shoes, I had no idea what was in store underneath the water and tread lightly. We traded the mask on and off, Matt then Jake. Just when they handed the mask over to me, our friend Denise yelled, “Come over here. There’s a huge sea turtle.” Off I paddled face down trying not to squeal like a little kid. Sure enough just down a few feet below me, there it swam… or sorta floated. A big orb of a shell with scupper like feet cruising around. It wasn’t working super hard at staying afloat. The sea turtle just munched on the coral. All our shipmates were swimming, surrounding it, but he paid us no mind and just carried on.

Richardson Beach Hawaii

Richardson Beach Hawaii